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'Lost Boys Symphony' Blurs The Lines Between Reality And Madness

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 5:03am

Mark Andrew Ferguson's debut novel has time travel, but it isn't science fiction. It has teenagers, but it's not YA. Instead, it's a tale of intense friendship, first love, and serious mental illness.

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Do You Believe In Ghosts? You Might After Reading This Book

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:26pm

Sante Fe's most famous ghost is Hannah Nordhaus' great-great-grandmother. Her new book American Ghost is mix of memoir, cultural history, genealogical detective story and paranormal investigation.

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A Shimmy Into English Shakes The Dirt Off This Irish Classic

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 5:13am

In Máirtín Ó Cadhain's The Dirty Dust, the dead don't just talk. They won't shut up. Yet this inventive novel, first written in Irish, has long been sealed from English-speaking readers — until now.

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'Crescent Moon' Counts Down To Political Mayhem

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 2:34pm

Fatima Bhutto (niece of assassinated Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto) has written several volumes of nonfiction and poetry; her first novel is a delicate but tense political thriller.

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Ia, Ia, YA! 'Harrison Squared' Is A Tentacular Teen Adventure

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 5:03am

Daryl Gregory ventures into the murky waters of young adult fiction in Harrison Squared, the story of a boy in a creepily Lovecraftian town, searching for sea monsters and his missing mother.

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For Banks 'Too Big To Jail,' Prosecutors Count On A Promise To Behave

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:41am

A conviction can be fatal for a big company. So in some cases prosecutors have been holding off on punishing firms that have broken the law. In return, the companies vow to clean up their act.

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'Cheated' Out Of An Education: Book Replays UNC's Student-Athlete Scandal

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 4:46pm

Authors Jay Smith and Mary Willingham explain how the school steered athletes to pass-through courses in order to keep players eligible.

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Former Orca Trainer For SeaWorld Condemns Its Practices

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 3:11pm

John Hargrove says he left SeaWorld after seeing "devastating effects of captivity" on orcas. His new book is Beneath The Surface. SeaWorld's Christopher Dold says such criticism is "unfounded."

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'13 Men,' No Clear Answers: Digging Into An Indian Gang Rape Case

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 3:19pm

Last year, a woman in rural India said that she'd been gang-raped on the orders of her tribal council. Journalist Sonia Faleiro traveled to her village and found competing narratives and few facts.

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Author: Kids Need Abundant Connection With Nature

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 5:59am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Scott Sampson about his book, How to Raise a Wild Child, a field guide for getting kids in touch with nature in a tech-centered world.

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Thanks To Chance (And Craigslist), A Writer Becomes A Carpenter

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 4:00pm

Writer Nina MacLaughlin hit her low point producing a listicle of the world's 100 Unsexiest Men. Six years and a lucky Craigslist ad later, she's a carpenter and author of the new memoir Hammer Head.

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After Students Went To Wage Jihad, Teacher Highlights Youth Radicalization

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 3:51pm

A German-Syrian religious studies teacher was shocked when she heard that five of her former students had left Germany to join jihadist groups in Syria. "It felt like a personal defeat," she says.

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Not My Job: Richard Price (AKA Harry Brandt) Gets Quizzed On Pseudonyms

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 7:17am

For his latest book, The Whites, novelist Richard Price decided to use a pen name. In retrospect, he wishes he hadn't.

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'Hausfrau' Strips Down Its Modern-Day Madame Bovary

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 5:11am

Debut novelist Jill Alexander Essbaum's heroine is a deeply unhappy married woman who seeks solace in sexual encounters. Essbaum says it's through those encounters that "we see where she's busted."

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'Lost Child' Author Caryl Phillips: 'I Needed To Know Where I Came From'

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 5:11am

"A part of me was beneath the surface and I had to discover it if I wanted to write with any clarity about myself," says Phillips. His novel The Lost Child brings Wuthering Heights into modern times.

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The Beloved, Bickering Bridgertons Turn 15 This Year

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 5:03am

As part of our Time Machine series coverage, NPR romance guru Bobbi Dumas introduces readers to the rosy-hued Regency of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton family books, some of the most popular romances ever.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of March 19, 2015

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 2:03pm

Carmine Gallo offers a guide to public speaking centered around the successful TED method. Talk Like Ted appears at No. 12.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of March 19, 2015

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 2:03pm

In Peter Heller's The Painter, a famous artist paints to make sense of his violent actions. It appears at No. 12.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of March 19, 2015

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 2:03pm

Erik Larson reexamines the sinking of the Lusitania in Dead Wake. It debuts at No. 1.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of March 19, 2015

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 2:03pm

Former crime kingpin Joe Coughlin must confront the dark truth of his past in Dennis Lehane's World Gone By, which debuts at No. 7.

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