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Searching For Buried Treasure In China, A Writer Discovers Himself

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 3:30pm

During the Sino-Japanese War, Huan Hsu's great-great-grandfather buried his vast porcelain collection to keep it safe. Hsu went to find it 70 years later, on a trip about more than missing china.

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Understanding The Dark Side Of Enlightenment On 'Diamond Mountain'

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 4:50am

Author Scott Carney's new A Death on Diamond Mountain unravels the complicated paths that led an American Buddhist seeker not to nirvana, but to his death in a cave in the Arizona desert.

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'The Precious One' Has Love At Its Heart

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 3:31am

Marisa de los Santos' newest novel follows a young woman returning to her home town to confront her shattered family. Reviewer Bobbi Dumas says it'll remind you that love can change the world.

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'Night At The Fiestas' Spins Stories Of Faith And Family

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 3:22pm

Kirstin Valdez Quade's debut book of short fiction is inspired by her family and its long history in the "romanticized" region of northern New Mexico.

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Pour A Bucket Of Blood On These New Adaptations Of 'Carrie'

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 4:03am

Stephen King has said his novel Carrie is about women's power and men's fear — an idea reporter Beth Accomando says has gotten lost in newer adaptations of the horror classic for stage and screen.

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At Last, A Fitting Farewell For Richard III

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 3:56am

Richard III has been buried, two years after his abandoned bones were found under an abandoned parking lot. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the man Shakespeare turned into one of his great characters.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of March 26, 2015

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:03pm

Arianna Huffington offers tips for creating a healthy work-life balance in Thrive. It appears at No. 14.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of March 26, 2015

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:03pm

At No. 11, Michael Connelly's The Burning Room follows Harry Bosch as he investigates a man's death from an injury sustained nine years earlier.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of March 26, 2015

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:03pm

Gretchen Rubin examines daily habits and how to change them in Better Than Before, which debuts at No. 6.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of March 26, 2015

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:03pm

In Jacqueline Winspear's A Dangerous Place, lone traveler Masie Dobbs is pulled in a brutal murder investigation after suffering her own loss. It debuts at No. 5.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of March 26, 2015

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:03pm

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

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App That Aims To Make Books 'Squeaky Clean' Draws Ire From Edited Writers

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 1:31pm

Clean Reader — an app designed to find, block and replace profanity in books — has drawn considerable criticism from authors. This week, makers of the app announced they would no longer sell e-books.

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'Lost Boys Symphony' Blurs The Lines Between Reality And Madness

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 5:03am

Mark Andrew Ferguson's debut novel has time travel, but it isn't science fiction. It has teenagers, but it's not YA. Instead, it's a tale of intense friendship, first love, and serious mental illness.

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Do You Believe In Ghosts? You Might After Reading This Book

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:26pm

Sante Fe's most famous ghost is Hannah Nordhaus' great-great-grandmother. Her new book, American Ghost, is mix of memoir, cultural history, genealogical detective story and paranormal investigation.

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A Shimmy Into English Shakes The Dirt Off This Irish Classic

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 5:13am

In Máirtín Ó Cadhain's The Dirty Dust, the dead don't just talk. They won't shut up. Yet this inventive novel, first written in Irish, has long been sealed from English-speaking readers — until now.

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'Crescent Moon' Counts Down To Political Mayhem

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 2:34pm

Fatima Bhutto (niece of assassinated Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto) has written several volumes of nonfiction and poetry; her first novel is a delicate but tense political thriller.

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Ia, Ia, YA! 'Harrison Squared' Is A Tentacular Teen Adventure

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 5:03am

Daryl Gregory ventures into the murky waters of young adult fiction in Harrison Squared, the story of a boy in a creepily Lovecraftian town, searching for sea monsters and his missing mother.

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For Banks 'Too Big To Jail,' Prosecutors Count On A Promise To Behave

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:41am

A conviction can be fatal for a big company. So in some cases prosecutors have been holding off on punishing firms that have broken the law. In return, the companies vow to clean up their act.

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'Cheated' Out Of An Education: Book Replays UNC's Student-Athlete Scandal

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 4:46pm

Authors Jay Smith and Mary Willingham explain how the school steered athletes to pass-through courses in order to keep players eligible.

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Former Orca Trainer For SeaWorld Condemns Its Practices

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 3:11pm

John Hargrove says he left SeaWorld after seeing "devastating effects of captivity" on orcas. His new book is Beneath The Surface. SeaWorld's Christopher Dold says such criticism is "unfounded."

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