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Book News: First Superman Comic Soars To $3.2 Million At Auction

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 5:39am

Also: an excerpt of Lena Dunham's new book; notable books of the week.

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Mystery Writer Finds Istanbul's Byzantine Past Hiding In Plain Sight

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:26am

In The Sultan of Byzantium, Turkish author Selcuk Altun takes his hero into forgotten corners of the city, where once-majestic monuments go unnoticed amid the bustle of daily life.

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In A Foster Home, Two Boys Become 'Kinda Like Brothers'

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 2:59pm

Before Coe Booth was a writer, she was a caseworker, often tasked with placing kids with foster families. Her latest novel for middle-grade readers looks at two young members of a foster family.

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Louise Penny Builds A Magical Ensemble In 'The Long Way Home'

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 5:54am

Chief Inspector Gamache is back in Louise Penny's latest novel, The Long Way Home. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Penny about the tenth book in the Gamache mystery series.

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Studying? Take A Break And Embrace Your Distractions

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 3:12pm

This back-to-school season, it's time to reevaluate a few common assumptions about how best to study. Benedict Carey, the author of How We Learn, says science shows that discipline isn't everything.

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Lowly Worm Is Back! Richard Scarry Jr. Brings Dad's Manuscript To Life

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 3:25am

The younger Scarry, also an illustrator, found a draft of Best Lowly Worm Book Ever! in his dad's Swiss chalet. He says all that was missing was the final art, "so that's what I did."

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As Summer Winds Down, Wistful Dreams Of A 'Lost Estate'

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 4:17pm

The scent of fresh pencils is in the air, and homework assignments are around the corner. In honor of back-to-school season, author Alexander Aciman recommends The Lost Estate by Henri Alain-Fournier.

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Novel Explores A Time When A Woman Might Not Live To Meet Her Child

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:06pm

Katy Simpson Smith's novel, set during the American Revolution, was inspired by her research on mothers in the South. "Death was sort of the specter that haunted every aspect of life," she says.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of August 21, 2014

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:03pm

Amanda Ripley looks at the world's new education superpowers in The Smartest Kids In The World, which appears at No. 9.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of August 21, 2014

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:03pm

At No. 13, James McBride's The Good Lord Bird tells the story of a young slave who is liberated by John Brown just before his raid on Harpers Ferry.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of August 21, 2014

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:03pm

Hampton Sides' In The Kingdom Of Ice recounts an ill-fated 19th-century naval expedition to the North Pole. It appears at No. 1.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of August 21, 2014

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:03pm

Debuting at No. 1, Haruki Mirakami's Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage follows a 30-something man looking for closure.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of August 21, 2014

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:03pm

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

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Book News: David Gregory To Write Book About Judaism

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 5:25am

Also: How to tell you're in a Balzac novel; Ernest Hemingway's letters.

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Songs Of Innocence And Bitter Experience In 'Dreamless Dead'

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 5:03am

Comics critic Etelka Lehoczky says the wildly discordant art styles in a new graphic novel compilation of World War I poetry work to illuminate the emotional chaos of soldiers on the Western Front.

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Author And His Daughter Cook Around The World And You Can Too

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:56am

Kelly McEvers talks to food writer Mark Kurlansky and his daughter Talia about their cookbook International Night, based on their tradition of cooking a meal every week from a different country.

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Poet Finds Summer Is A Time To Reconnect With Nature

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:56am

In this poem, "Kingfisher," Chris McCabe recalls a bird watching trip, and an attempt to see a rare bird — the vivid blue kingfisher — that he long dreamed of seeing.

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How To Sell Diverse Books: A Bookstore Owner's Advice

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 2:03pm

It's not news that the publishing world isn't very diverse. But over on the other side of the industry, how do owners of neighborhood bookstores try to sell books for or about people of color?

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Nostalgic For Noir? Feiffer's 'Kill My Mother' Is A Toxic Treat

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:01pm

In his first graphic novel, Jules Feiffer, 85, has returned to the seedy comic strips, hard boiled novels and B movies of his youth. Maureen Corrigan says it's "a mulligan stew of murder and desire."

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Book News: German Minister Shows Support For Authors' Amazon Protest

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 5:47am

Also: Italian novelist Elena Ferrante gives a rare interview; the history of Arabic noir.

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