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Lydia Davis' New Collection Has Stories Shorter Than This Headline

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 3:21am

The award-winning author is known for her brevity, and Can't And Won't doesn't disappoint. Davis tells NPR's Rachel Martin that the works of Russell Edson inspired her to write super-short stories.

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A Century Of History In The Life Of An Ordinary Indian

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 5:36am

Ayya's Accounts: A Ledger of Hope in Modern India chronicles the life of an ordinary man in extraordinary times. NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Anand Pandian about his subject, his grandfather.

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'In Paradise,' Matthiessen Considers Our Capacity For Cruelty

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 5:36am

At 86, Matthiessen has written what he says "may be his last word." In Paradise, a novel about a visit to a Nazi extermination camp, caps a career spanning six decades and 33 books.

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Percussive Poems In 'Shorty Bon Bon' Pin The Stage To The Page

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 5:03am

Willie Perdomo's new collection is inspired by the salsa jam bands of '70s-era Puerto Rican New York. The poems are performance-page crossovers, rich in sound, slang and musical detail.

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Biographer Explains How John Updike 'Captured America'

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 3:40am

Adam Begley says Updike created an everyman in his Rabbit book series, and inhabited him fully, "allowing that everyman's senses to be totally open to the American experience."

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:03am

The Plantagenets, appearing at No. 13, is Dan Jones' epic history of the royal dynasty's reign.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:03am

At No. 2, Meg Wolitzer's The Interestings follows six artistic friends from their teenage years into middle age.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:03am

Media mogul Arianna Huffington searches for a healthy work-life balance in Thrive, which debuts at No. 2.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:03am

In Gabrielle Zevin's The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, a bookstore owner receives a mysterious package. It debuts at No. 6.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of April 3, 2014

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:03am

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

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