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From 'Dragon Tattoo' To The 'Spider's Web': Stieg Larsson's Heroine Returns

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 8:15am

The late novelist's Millennium series is getting an addition, The Girl in the Spider's Web. The book, written by David Lagercrantz, just got its title and a U.S. release date: Sept. 1.

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'Little Washer Of Sorrows' Morphs The Mundane Into The Fantastic

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 8:03am

Katherine Fawcett's short story collection is comfortably domestic, full of quiet drama and unfussy detail. Until you read further and discover the mermaids, monsters and lonely planets (literally).

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A Ghostly Chorus Narrates 'The World Before Us'

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 5:03am

Aislinn Hunter's new novel tells two parallel tales of two young girls — both gone missing in the same place, a century apart. Reviewer Jean Zimmerman says the book's tough truths held her interest.

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'Publicly Shamed:' Who Needs The Pillory When We've Got Twitter?

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 2:58am

Host Steve Inskeep explores modern-day humiliation with writer Jon Ronson, whose new book So You've Been Publicly Shamed digs into the lives of people who've been raked over the coals on social media.

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'Wolf Hall' On Stage And TV Means More Makeovers For Henry VIII's 'Pit Bull'

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 2:58am

Hilary Mantel's popular novels breathed new life into Thomas Cromwell's legacy. Now, between a play and a miniseries, there seems to be no limit to the blacksmith's son's potential for reinvention.

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Open A Critic's 'Poetry Notebook' And Find The Works That Shaped Him

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 1:29pm

Clive James was diagnosed with leukemia a few years ago. "There is a grief in all poetry," he writes in his latest book of essays. "Poetry holds itself together, and eventually we ourselves do not."

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How 'One Nation' Didn't Become 'Under God' Until The '50s Religious Revival

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 1:29pm

Kevin Kruse's book looks at how industrialists in the '30s and '40s recruited clergy to preach free enterprise. And under the Eisenhower administration, Christianity and capitalism moved center stage.

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Searching For Buried Treasure In China, A Writer Discovers Himself

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 3:30pm

During the Second Sino-Japanese War, Huan Hsu's great-great-grandfather buried his vast porcelain collection to protect it. Hsu went to find it 70 years later, on a trip about more than missing china.

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Understanding The Dark Side Of Enlightenment On 'Diamond Mountain'

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 4:50am

Author Scott Carney's new A Death on Diamond Mountain unravels the complicated paths that led an American Buddhist seeker not to nirvana, but to his death in a cave in the Arizona desert.

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'The Precious One' Has Love At Its Heart

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 3:31am

Marisa de los Santos' newest novel follows a young woman returning to her home town to confront her shattered family. Reviewer Bobbi Dumas says it'll remind you that love can change the world.

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'The Precious One' Has Love At Its Heart

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 3:31am

Marisa de los Santos' newest novel follows a young woman returning to her home town to confront her shattered family. Reviewer Bobbi Dumas says it'll remind you that love can change the world.

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'Night At The Fiestas' Spins Stories Of Faith And Family

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 3:22pm

Kirstin Valdez Quade's debut book of short fiction is inspired by her family and its long history in the "romanticized" region of northern New Mexico.

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Pour A Bucket Of Blood On These New Adaptations Of 'Carrie'

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 4:03am

Stephen King has said his novel Carrie is about women's power and men's fear — an idea reporter Beth Accomando says has gotten lost in newer adaptations of the horror classic for stage and screen.

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At Last, A Fitting Farewell For Richard III

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 3:56am

Richard III has been buried, two years after his abandoned bones were found under an abandoned parking lot. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the man Shakespeare turned into one of his great characters.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of March 26, 2015

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:03pm

Arianna Huffington offers tips for creating a healthy work-life balance in Thrive. It appears at No. 14.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of March 26, 2015

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:03pm

At No. 11, Michael Connelly's The Burning Room follows Harry Bosch as he investigates a man's death from an injury sustained nine years earlier.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of March 26, 2015

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:03pm

Gretchen Rubin examines daily habits and how to change them in Better Than Before, which debuts at No. 6.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of March 26, 2015

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:03pm

In Jacqueline Winspear's A Dangerous Place, lone traveler Masie Dobbs is pulled in a brutal murder investigation after suffering her own loss. It debuts at No. 5.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of March 26, 2015

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:03pm

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

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App That Aims To Make Books 'Squeaky Clean' Draws Ire From Edited Writers

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 1:31pm

Clean Reader — an app designed to find, block and replace profanity in books — has drawn considerable criticism from authors. This week, makers of the app announced they would no longer sell e-books.

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