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Don't Take His Stapler: 'Paper Clip' Author's Passion For Office Supplies

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:22pm

James Ward's new book stems from a lifelong love of Post-it notes, pencils and paper clips. He tells NPR's Melissa Block that they remind him of his school days, when life was less complicated.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of April 23, 2015

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:03pm

Richard Flanagan's The Narrow Road to the Deep North follows a doctor who is captured by the Japanese during World War II and ends up caring for prisoners of war. It appears at No. 9.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of April 23, 2015

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:03pm

Alexander McCall Smith's Emma is a retelling of Jane Austen's classic set in the 20th century. It debuts at No. 15.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of April 23, 2015

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:03pm

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

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of April 23, 2015

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:00pm

The Opposite of Loneliness is a posthumous collection of essays and stories by Marina Keegan, a talented Yale graduate who died days after graduation. It appears at No. 11.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of April 23, 2015

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:00pm

In The Road to Character, David Brooks looks at how some of the world's great thinkers have built strong inner character. It debuts at No. 1.

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'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 11:58am

Historian David Kertzer says the Catholic Church lent organizational strength and moral legitimacy to Mussolini's fascist regime. Kertzer recently won a Pulitzer Prize for his book.

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Lunch With Monet, Dinner With Jackson Pollock

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 10:55am

Two new books focus on the culinary lives of these two artists. Turns out, their approaches to food provide a new way of thinking about their two very different approaches to art.

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'Lovelace And Babbage' Is A Thrilling Adventure

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 5:03am

Sydney Padua's rollicking graphic novel about computing pioneers Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace transforms punch cards and little brass cogs into the stuff of legend, says critic Etelka Lehoczky.

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Toni Morrison's New Novel Is Best Read With Her Backlist In Mind

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 5:03am

The Nobel Prize winner has become a giant in the literary world, but reviewer Saeed Jones says that her latest novel can only stand with confidence when it has the idea of the author as its spine.

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'Vermilion' Finds New Magic In The Old West

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 5:03am

Molly Tanzer's grit-and-ghosts adventure follows a young woman tasked with guiding troubled spirits in a colorfully diverse, alternate-history Wild West, full of talking animals and vampires.

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Bradley's 'China Mirage' Portrays A Long-Running U.S. Mistake In Asia

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 3:01am

Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep talks to author and historian James Bradley, about his his new book, The China Mirage: The Hidden History of the American Disaster in Asia.

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After 20 Years On The Job, NYC Police Officer Tells His Intense Stories

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 1:25pm

"Your heart is pounding; your adrenaline is shooting out of your ears," Steve Osborne says. "And you got one second to get it right." He retired from the force in 2003. His memoir is called The Job.

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Revisiting A Suburbia-Gone-Sour In Ross Macdonald's Crime Fiction

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 1:11pm

A reissue of four of the detective writer's 1950s novels excavates the dark depths of California's suburban decay. Maureen Corrigan praises Macdonald's "psychological depth" and "penetrating vision."

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'One Of Us' Is A Difficult, Unforgettable Look At Tragedy

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 5:43am

Journalist Åsne Seierstad's new book retells the story of Norway's Anders Breivik, from his troubled, violent childhood to his 2011 killing spree. Critic Michael Schaub calls it a painful masterpiece.

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No Demons, No Angels: Attica Locke Aims For Black Characters Who Are Human

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 1:51am

In her new novel, Pleasantville, and on TV's Empire, Locke does her best to avoid simple stories. "You do some good stuff and you do some bad stuff," she says. "We exist in the middle."

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Small South Carolina Newspaper Takes Home Top Pulitzer Prize

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 3:35pm

The winners of this year's Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, fiction, poetry, drama, music, biography, history and nonfiction were announced Monday at Columbia University in New York.

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

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:58pm

"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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