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A Foodie Detective Solves Crime In A Delectable Italian Mystery

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 5:03am

Andrea Camilleri's Angelica's Smile is the 17th book in the Inspector Montalbano mystery series. It's not as tightly plotted as the others, but Camilleri's trademark charm is still in place.

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Lessons In 'Essentialism': Getting More Out Of Life By Doing Less

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 3:09pm

Greg McKeown doesn't believe in "doing it all." In his new book he argues that we should pursue only those things that are truly important — and eliminate everything else.

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'Back Channel' Turns Up White House Intrigue

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 6:34am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen L. Carter about his new novel, Back Channel. It's a political thriller set during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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Plot To Poison Famed French Wine Makes For Gripping (Pinot) Noir

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 6:34am

In Shadows in the Vineyard Maximillian Potter tells the true story of the legendary Romanée-Conti vineyard — and how it was held up for a 1 million euro ransom.

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Fiction Explores The Push And Pull Of Arab-Israeli Identity

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 2:39pm

Sayed Kashua is an Arab who writes novels in Hebrew and a sitcom in Arabic. A contradiction? Maybe. But his newest book is a good look at an often-overlooked segment of the Israeli population.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of July 24, 2014

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 2:03pm

Scott Anderson's Lawrence in Arabia recounts how a handful of adventurers and low-level officers shaped the Arab Revolt during World War I. It appears at No. 9.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of July 24, 2014

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 2:03pm

Appearing at No. 11, Amy Tan's The Valley Of Amazement spans two continents and more than four decades as it explores the connection between an American mother and her half-Chinese daughter.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of July 24, 2014

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 2:03pm

Debuting at No. 12, Vicki Constantine Croke's Elephant Company tells the story of an English soldier who used elephants to undermine Japanese occupation of Burma during World War II.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of July 24, 2014

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 2:03pm

The final book of Deborah Harkness' All Souls trilogy, The Book of Life, follows a supernatural couple searching for a mysterious, ancient book. It debuts at No. 1.

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