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Marvel At 75: Still Slinging Webs And Guarding Galaxies

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:19pm

What became Marvel Comics got its start in 1939 as Timely Publications. It went through many changes — but one constant has been writer Stanley Lieber, better known as Stan Lee.

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Early On, Comedian John Cleese Says, He Had Good Timing But Little Else

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:04pm

The co-founder of the Monty Python troupe admits he wasn't "naturally gifted" at physical comedy, and learned a lot by imitation. His new memoir, So, Anyway..., covers his boyhood and early career.

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Book News: James Patterson Makes Good On $1M Promise To Indies

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 8:26am

With a final $437,000 push, his plan to donate $1 million of his own money to support independent booksellers is complete. Also: Judy Blume is set to publish her first adult novel in 15 years.

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Murakami's 'Library' Is Dark, Creamy And Grainy At The Same Time

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:46pm

Alan Cheuse reviews "The Strange Library" by Haruki Murakami.

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Sometimes You Can't Pick Just 10: Maureen Corrigan's Favorite Books Of 2014

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 1:00pm

This year, Fresh Air's book critic rejects the tyranny of the decimal system and picks 12 titles published in 2014 — all with characters, scenes and voices that linger long past the last page.

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Book News: Apple Enters A New Round In E-Book Price-Fixing Fight

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 8:48am

Apple goes before an appeals court in a battle expected to help clarify the legal line between business agreements and outright collusion. Also: Hilary Mantel denounces her critics' "froth and bile."

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'El Deafo': How A Girl Turned Her Disability Into A Superpower

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 4:09pm

Navigating elementary school is already hard enough — try adding in a bulky metal hearing aid. Cece Bell's new young adult graphic memoir captures the experience in a poignant and humorous way.

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This Weekend, Pick Up The Pieces With 'Gabi'

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 3:41am

In our Weekend Reads series, NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Meg Medina about Isabel Quintero's novel, Gabi, a Girl in Pieces. It's the story of a Mexican-American teenager struggling with her identity.

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The Ethics Of Torture, Explored In A Painful Fable

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 3:17pm

This week, the Senate released a report that details the interrogation techniques used by the CIA after Sept. 11. Author Laila Lalami grapples with the questions it raises by turning to literature.

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Book Review: 'The Convert's Song' By Sebastian Rotella

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 2:26pm

Alan Cheuse reviews "The Convert's Song" by Sebastian Rotella.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of December 11, 2014

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 2:03pm

Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me offers canine-themed quotes, stories and photos. It appears at No. 15.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of December 11, 2014

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 2:03pm

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up provides a guide for decluttering that keeps mental health in mind. It appears at No. 12.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of December 11, 2014

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 2:03pm

Former Marine Phil Klay taps his military experience in the short story collection Redployment, which appears at No. 6.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of December 11, 2014

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 2:03pm

The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of December 11, 2014

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 2:03pm

Haruki Murakami's illustrated short novel, The Strange Library, follows an escape plotted by a lonely boy, a mysterious girl and a sheep man. It appears at No. 7.

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