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How Author John Safran Lost A Year In Mississippi

NPR Books - 17 hours 4 min ago

God'll Cut You Down is a new book based on the tangled true story about the murder of a white supremacist by a black hustler. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the book's author, John Safran.

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These Tales Of Transformation Are Both 'Rich And Strange'

NPR Books - 17 hours 15 min ago

Ron Rash's latest collects 34 of his best short stories; critic Alan Cheuse says they're searingly beautiful, "as if someone has taken a stick from a blazing fire and pressed it into your hand."

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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘Deep Down Dark’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:02pm
Héctor Tobar discusses “Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free.”






Author Wrestles With Wolves In 'Treat Us Like Dogs'

NPR Books - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 5:51am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Carolyn Chute about her new novel, Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves. The book follows a reporter as she investigates a remote commune and its charismatic leader.

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'Recasting' India's Economic Policy For The Free Market

NPR Books - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 5:03am

Fortune India editor-at-large Hindol Sengupta's new book chronicles India's lurching progress away from a state-controlled economy to a more open system that encourages business and investment.

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Report: Alco shutting down all stores

Local News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 4:49pm
All 198 Alco Stores are shutting down, according to a story in the Wichita (Kan.) Eagle. Presumably, that includes the Fraser store. Company officials have not responded to repeated inquiries from the Sky-Hi News during the past three months. The Wichita Eagle reports: The beleaguered company that used to have its headquarters in Abilene filed for bankruptcy early last month. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas on Thursday approved an order from the company’s creditors to close all Alco stores. ... The company was founded 113 years ago and had evolved into a discount retailer that served smaller communities. But …

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of November 20, 2014

NPR Books - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 4:03pm

Provence, 1970 examines the early American modern food movement and its pioneers, including James Beard and Julia Child. It appears at No. 13.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of November 20, 2014

NPR Books - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 4:03pm

A Michigan man sets out to prove that apparent phone calls from the beyond are actually a hoax in The First Phone Call From Heaven, appearing at No. 10.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of November 20, 2014

NPR Books - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 4:03pm

George W. Bush details the life of his father, George H.W. Bush, in 41. It debuts at No. 2.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of November 20, 2014

NPR Books - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 4:03pm

Debuting at No. 1, Stephen King's Revival centers on the disturbing relationship between a disgraced minister and a drug-addicted rock musician.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of November 20, 2014

NPR Books - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 4:03pm

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

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These 'True Tales' Add Nuance To The Immigration Discussion

NPR Books - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 3:27pm

President Obama announced an executive action on immigration this week. For an in-depth look at the issue, author Gustavo Arellano recommends two nonfiction collections about Mexican immigrants.

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ArtsBeat: Daniel Handler Apologizes Over ‘Racist’ Comment at National Book Awards

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:46pm
The author, who hosted the awards ceremony Wednesday night, apologized profusely for what he described as a racist comment.






Critic's Take: The End of Biography

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:09am
How can thousand-page biographies continue to compete for the attention of readers?

‘The Republic of Imagination,’ by Azar Nafisi

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:09am
Azar Nafisi uses three classic novels as a window on American society.

Stephen King’s ‘Revival’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:09am
Two men are locked in a battle of wills in Stephen King’s novel of fanaticism and what might exist on the other side of life.

‘All My Puny Sorrows,’ by Miriam Toews

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:09am
In Miriam Toews’s novel, a writer travels to a Winnipeg hospital to spend time with her sister, who has attempted suicide.

‘Something Rich and Strange,’ by Ron Rash

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:09am
Ron Rash’s stories portray the Appalachian landscape in all its brutal, exquisite complexity.

‘A Chosen Exile,’ by Allyson Hobbs

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:09am
A cultural history of passing examines individual stories and questions the meaning of racial identity.

Children's Audiobooks: ‘The Port Chicago 50’ and ‘The Family Romanov’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:09am
Two audiobooks for young readers tell stories about the past.
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