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'I Regret Everything': Toni Morrison Looks Back On Her Personal Life

10 hours 19 min ago

"It's not profound regret," Morrison tells Fresh Air. "It's just a wiping up of tiny little messes that you didn't recognize as mess when they were going on." Her latest book is God Help the Child.

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In Debate Over Hugo Awards, Science Fiction Community Engages With Issues Of Bias

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 3:18pm

NPR's Arun Rath talks to author Monica Byrne about how controversy surrounding this year's Hugo Awards highlights a difference in how speculative and literary fiction approach diversity.

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Unsettling Tales Of Strange Suburbia Echo Through 'The Night'

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 3:18pm

What do Rapunzel, the Buddha and small-town America have in common? Deceptively safe spaces, says Steven Millhauser. The Pulitzer Prize winner's new short story collection is Voices in the Night.

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Memoir Chronicles The Joy And Loss Of 'The Light Of The World'

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 5:45am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to author Elizabeth Alexander about her new memoir, The Light of the World.

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'Spinster' Celebrates The Single Ladies

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 5:45am

Writer Kate Bolick says that, growing up, she just assumed she'd get married some day — but it hasn't happened. Her new book looks at five women who upend traditional assumptions about women's lives.

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Jon Krakauer Tells A 'Depressingly Typical' Story Of College Town Rapes

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 3:21am

Krakauer's Missoula looks at stories of women who have been sexually assaulted by people they know. He says rape is unlike other crimes because in other crimes, "the victim isn't assumed to be lying."

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At 84, Poet Gary Snyder Lives In 'This Present Moment'

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 5:30am

Poet Gary Snyder has hung with the Beats, studied Buddhism, worked as a logger and he's still going strong. He talks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about his new collection, This Present Moment.

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'Orhan's Inheritance' Is The Weight Of History

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 3:30am

Aline Ohanesian's debut novel attempts to make sense of the events of 100 years ago, when the Ottoman Empire began forcing Armenians out of their homes in Turkey, leaving more than a million dead.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of April 16, 2015

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:03pm

Malcolm Gladwell shows readers a new way to look at obstacles and disadvantage in David and Goliath. It appears at No. 3.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of April 16, 2015

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:03pm

At No. 1, Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch follows a motherless boy and a priceless painting in the aftermath of a terror attack.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of April 16, 2015

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:03pm

Debuting at No. 8, Kate Andersen Brower's The Residence offers an intimate account of life at the White House.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of April 16, 2015

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:03pm

A Oslo contract killer's boss turns on him in Jo Nesbo's Blood on Snow. It debuts at No. 10.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of April 16, 2015

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:03pm

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

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#NPRreads: From The Hell Of The North To 'Trash' Food

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:18pm

We highlight a 160-mile cycling race, reminiscences of an interview with the Oklahoma City bomber, the Finnish prison system, the nuclear deal with Iran, and the meaning of calling someone "trash."

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Yoda? Is It Thou? Figure In 14th-Century Manuscript Looks Familiar

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:55pm

A long time ago, in a place far away, a manuscript was created with an enigmatic figure who looks a great deal like a certain little — and yet powerful — green guy from the Star Wars films.

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'Natural Born Heroes' Is Self-Help The Special Operations Way

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 8:03am

Writer Christopher McDougall digs into the exploits of Britain's legendary World War II commandos to form a new definition of heroism: It's a skill you can learn, if you push your body to the limit.

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Lewis And Clark Battle Giant Spiders In 'Dead Lands'

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 5:00am

Benjamin Percy's new thriller re-tells the story of Lewis and Clark's expedition, against a postapocalyptic future backdrop where the Mississippi has dried up and monsters roam the West.

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'All The Rage' Has All The Despair, And All The Confusion, Too

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 8:03am

Courtney Summers' new YA novel centers on a girl who was raped at a party, and the community that mostly doesn't believe her. Critic Tasha Robinson says the book's portrait of trauma packs a punch.

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'The Fishermen' Ventures Into Dark Waters

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 5:03am

Chigozie Obioma's novel follows a group of young boys who disobey their elders to spend afternoons fishing on the banks of an unlucky river, and the terrible consequences that flow from that choice.

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From Horses To High-Rises: An Insider 'Unmasks' China's Economic Rise

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:32am

Over the past 25 years, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson watched China turn into the world's second largest economy. He explains what could halt the country's massive growth.

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