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Book News: 'Rabbit-Proof Fence' Author Doris Pilkington Garimara Dies

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 5:34am

Also: a poem by Michele Glazer; the best books coming out this week.

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Far From 'Infinitesimal': A Mathematical Paradox's Role In History

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 3:00pm

It seems like a simple question: How many parts can you divide a line into? The troublesome answer was square at the root of two of Europe's greatest social crises.

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'Traveling Pants' Author Tries Traveling In Time

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 6:05am

NPR's Petra Mayer profiles YA author Ann Brashares, whose new book The Here and Now follows a young girl and her community who've escaped a terrible future via time travel and landed in our present.

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Exploring The Secret History Of The Cubicle

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 6:05am

The new book, Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace, is a look at how the white-collar world came to be the way it is, and what it might become. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with author Nikil Saval.

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BBC Icon Finds Children's Adventure In An Element Hunter

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 6:05am

Simon Mayo, a veteran broadcaster for the BBC, has written a series of children's books about a boy obsessed with the periodic table. He talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about the latest, Itch Rocks.

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All Grown Up? Three Books About The Mystery Of Coming Of Age

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 3:11am

Author Craig Nova recommends three books that take a fresh approach to the age-old bildungsroman. The experience of growing up is both universal and unique — and, in these books, timeless.

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Writing The Wicked Ways Of The 'Worst. Person. Ever.'

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 3:07pm

Raymond Gunt is profane, rude, heartless and truly the Worst. Person. Ever. Author Douglas Coupland says he's not exactly sure how the character, with no redeeming qualities, came into his mind.

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How A Music Writer Learned Trust Is The Ultimate Backstage Pass

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 6:12am

Lisa Robinson knows how to talk — and how to make others, especially musicians, want to talk. The veteran rock journalist speaks with NPR's Wade Goodwyn about her four decades behind the scenes.

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For Chris O'Dowd, 'Of Mice And Men' Is More Than An American Story

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 3:20am

"All of us have chased the American dream so there's something very universal about it," the Irish actor says. O'Dowd and James Franco star in a new Broadway production of Steinbeck's novella.

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A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review'

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 4:27pm

Gabriel Garcia Marquez died Thursday. It would be hard to overstate the importance of his novels, but author Gustavo Arellano recommends getting to know him in a different medium.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of April 17, 2014

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:03pm

Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers looks at everyday life in a Mumbai slum. It appears at No. 1.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of April 17, 2014

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:03pm

At No. 5, Elizabeth Strout's The Burgess Boys follows a family fractured by tragedy.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of April 17, 2014

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:03pm

How Jesus Became God looks at how a Jewish preacher from Galilee was transformed into a deity. It debuts at No. 12.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of April 17, 2014

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:03pm

The late Peter Matthiessen's last novel, , debuts at No. 4.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of April 17, 2014

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:03pm

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

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