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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of August 20, 2015

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 2:03pm

Rinker Buck's The Oregon Trail recounts the author's old-fashioned journey down the historic route. It appears at No. 9.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of August 20, 2015

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 2:03pm

A rich girl with a congenital heart defect and an underprivileged boy with athletic talents meet periodically over the course of 30 years in Jennifer Weiner's Who Do You Love. It debuts at No. 13.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of August 20, 2015

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 2:03pm

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

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For Summer Reading Lists, Some Schools Take A More Modern Approach

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:16pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Kathryn VanArendonk, who teaches developmental reading and writing at Union County College, about how some schools are including contemporary books on summer lists.

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How Close Are We Really To A Robot-Run Society?

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:42am

From self-driving cars to automated warehouses, humans are being pushed out of the equation. Soon, robots will "do a million other things we can't even conceive of," author John Markoff says.

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'The Automobile Club' Tours Egypt's Troubled History

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 5:03am

Alaa Al Aswany's new book sets the dynamics of a fallen family and an elitist car club against the tensions of post-World War II Egypt, but a clunky translation and too many plots keep the brakes on.

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Gothic Poetry And Grim Necessity In 'Shattered Wings'

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 5:03am

Aliette de Bodard's new novel is set in a postapocalyptic Paris, devastated by a magical war between factions of fallen angels. It's a gritty mix of high gothic poetry and knotty angelic rivalries.

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As More Women, Minorities Win Hugos, 'Sad Puppies' Blast Sci-Fi Awards

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 2:49pm

The prestigious Hugo Awards, which honor science fiction and fantasy writing, will be held Saturday. Lately, they have been given to more and more women and writers of color as the world of sci-fi opens up — and that's prompted a backlash from a group of mostly white male writers who call themselves the "Sad Puppies."

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Up From The Ashes, A Public Library In Sri Lanka Welcomes New Readers

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 2:12pm

The Jaffna library once held irreplaceable, ancient manuscripts, lost when it was torched in 1981. Fully restored, the beloved landmark today is filled with readers.

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