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The Martians Are Coming! 'Broadcast Hysteria' Looks At The War Over 'Worlds'

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 5:03am

Orson Welles' radio hoax famously convinced America that Martians had landed in New Jersey, right? A. Brad Schwartz's new Broadcast Hysteria argues that panic may have been blown out of proportion.

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For 'New Yorker' Cartoonist, '90 Percent Rejection Is Doing Great'

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 3:11am

It once took Matthew Diffee years of trying — and a push from his mom — to get one beloved cartoon in the magazine. Diffee's new collection is called Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of May 7, 2015

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 2:03pm

At No. 7, Tom Robbins applies his signature verbal gusto to his own life story in Tibetan Peach Pie.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of May 7, 2015

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 2:03pm

A judge is called upon to decide the fate of a sick teenager in Ian McEwan's The Children Act, which appears at No. 9.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of May 7, 2015

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 2:03pm

Neurologist Oliver Sacks looks back on his life and career in On the Move, which debuts at No. 7.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of May 7, 2015

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 2:03pm

Early Warning, the second book in Jane Smiley's Last Hundred Years trilogy, continues her tale of an Iowa farming family. It debuts at No. 10.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of May 7, 2015

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 2:03pm

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

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Mystery Novelist Ruth Rendell

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 11:35am

The British author wrote crime novels for 50 years, many featuring Chief Inspector "Reg" Wexford. Rendell died May 2. Originally broadcast in 1989 and 2005.

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Remembering Ruth Rendell, Master Of Smart And Socially Aware Suspense

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 11:34am

The British novelist set shocking crimes in mundane settings — always adding a dash of social criticism. Critic Maureen Corrigan says she is forever giving Rendell's books to friends.

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