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Novelist Ruth Rendell, Author Of 'Wexford' Books, Dies At 85

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 8:12am

She is credited with being a pioneer of the psychological thriller and wrote more than 60 books.

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'Outsider Baseball': Tells Tales Of Obscure Baseball Characters

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 5:57am

Gary Cieradkowski's new book is an illustrated compendium of baseball's forgotten characters. He talks to NPR's Scott Simon about The League of Outsider Baseball.

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A Veteran Scientist Dreams Boldly Of 'Earth And Sky'

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 5:57am

Famous — and occasionally controversial — physicist Freeman Dyson's new essay collection ranges from scientific history to today's hot-button issues like climate change and genetic engineering.

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Does Post-Apocalyptic Literature Have A (Non-Dystopian) Future?

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 5:03am

Store shelves and libraries are packed with post-apocalyptic, dystopian novels right now. Critic Jason Heller has some suggestions to help you wade through the floods. And the fires. And the fallout.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of April 30, 2015

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 2:03pm

Jon Krakauer's Missoula chronicles a series of sexual assaults in a Montana college town. It debuts at No. 5.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of April 30, 2015

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 2:03pm

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

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of April 30, 2015

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 2:00pm

Anne-Marie O'Connor tells the story behind Gustav Klimt's 1907 masterpiece in The Lady in Gold. It appears at No. 14.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of April 30, 2015

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 2:00pm

Thomas Cromwell counsels England's King Henry VIII on his efforts to marry Anne Boleyn in Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall. It appears at No. 12.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of April 30, 2015

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 2:00pm

Debuting at No. 3, Toni Morrison's God Help the Child looks at how childhood trauma affects life as an adult.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Free Comic Book Day And Rabbit Holes

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 10:08am

On this week's show, we talk about lots and lots of comics in preparation for Free Comic Book Day, and we go down a few pop culture rabbit holes.

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Carey Mulligan Returns To Period Drama For A Thomas Hardy Classic

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 1:31am

The actress spent years avoiding the genre for fear of getting pigeonholed, but she says she made an exception for Far From the Madding Crowd because of Hardy's modern, forward-thinking heroine.

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The Plan To Give E-Books To Poor Kids

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 2:18pm

Today, President Obama announced a massive effort with major publishers to make thousands of e-book titles free for low-income kids.

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Dozens Of Writers Join Protest Of Free Speech Award For 'Charlie Hebdo'

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 9:17am

Nearly 150 writers have now signed an open letter that condemns the attacks on the French satirical magazine, but questions whether it deserves a free speech prize for its willingness to offend.

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William Faulkner Makes Us Wonder: What's So Great About Poetry, Anyhow?

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 8:03am

William Faulkner — one of the great American novelists — thought of himself as a failed poet. Which made our critic Juan Vidal wonder: What is it about poetry that makes us hold it above other arts?

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Rome's Might Meets The Arabian Nights In 'Ember In The Ashes'

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 5:03am

First-time novelist Sabaa Tahir creates Capital Letter Fantasy in An Ember in the Ashes, with rebel Scholars battling an ancient, brutal Empire. Critic Amal El-Mohtar calls it "frequently riveting."

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Ohio Kidnapping Survivors Recount Captivity, Escape From Horror

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 1:34pm

In 2013, three young women who had vanished years earlier escaped from a house where they had been held captive. Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, along with writer Mary Jordan, discuss their new memoir.

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3,600-Page Autobiographical Novel Is An Honest And Masterful 'Selfie'

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:38pm

My Struggle is about Karl Ove Knausgaard's wrangle with his father, with death, with his muse and so on. The 46-year-old Norwegian's pointedly unliterary book has become a literary sensation.

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