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For An Author In India's Capital, 'Hope, In Many Ways, Is Fiction'

NPR Books - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 3:19pm

In his novel She Will Build Him a City, Raj Kamal Jha weaves the reality he sees as a journalist in New Delhi — where many gravitate looking for a better future — into a fictional, magical world.

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Robert Christgau Reviews His Own Life

NPR Books - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 3:19pm

One of rock music's most loved, feared and prolific scribes, the 72-year-old Christgau says he knew early on that he liked criticism better than journalism: "I didn't want to get into people's faces."

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This Weekend, Experience The Enduring Power Of 'The Millstone'

NPR Books - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 4:04am

Margaret Drabble's The Millstone, set in the 1960s, tells the story of a young, unmarried woman who finds herself pregnant. Author Tessa Hadley says this 50-year-old novel is a weekend must-read.

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A 'Show Boat' With An Asian-American Cast Hits The Rocks

NPR Books - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 8:03am

Racial tensions between blacks and whites are at the heart of the "Ol' Man River" musical. Asian-American actors say it doesn't make sense to get on board.

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'The Sellout' Is A Profane Riff On Race And Culture

NPR Books - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 6:01am

In Paul Beatty's new satirical novel, The Sellout, the narrator wants to re-segregate his hometown outside of Los Angeles. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the author about using humor to write about race.

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Pakistani Author Mohsin Hamid And His Roving 'Discontent'

NPR Books - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 6:01am

Mohsin Hamid combines the personal and political in his new book, Discontent and Its Civilizations. NPR's Scott Simon talks with the Pakistani author about his new collection of essays.

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Uncovering Hidden Black History, On Screen And On The Page

NPR Books - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 5:03am

On TV and in the movies, it can sometimes seem like black people only existed during slavery or the civil rights era. K. Tempest Bradford recommends some books that bring hidden history to light.

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The Persistence — And Impermanence — Of Memory In 'The Buried Giant'

NPR Books - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 4:08am

Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in a decade follows an old couple on what might be their last journey: Hunting for memories of a son they think they had, in a land covered with memory-shrouding mists.

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Book Review: 'Satin Island' By Tom McCarthy

NPR Books - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:42pm

Alan Cheuse reviews a new experimental novel by Tom McCarthy called Satin Island.

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

NPR Books - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:03pm

Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction, about how human activity is affecting different species, appears at No. 6.

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

NPR Books - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:03pm

An isolated bookstore owner starts to change his life after receiving a mysterious package in Gabrielle Zevin's The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry. It appears at No. 7.

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

NPR Books - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:03pm

Falconer Helen Macdonald looks back on her decision to train a fierce goshawk in the wake of her father's sudden death in H is for Hawk. It debuts at No. 7.

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

NPR Books - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:03pm

In Richard Price's The Whites, a New York City detective investigates a murder that connects to something in his own dark past. It debuts at No. 4.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of February 26, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:03pm

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

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ArtsBeat: Inside The New York Times Book Review: Elliot Ackerman’s ‘Green on Blue’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:58am
Tom Bissell discusses “Green on Blue,” and John Hooper talks about “The Italians.”






From Poker Amateur To World Series Competitor In 'The Noble Hustle'

NPR Books - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:44am

Colson Whitehead's book, now out in paperback, was born of an assignment to write about the World Series of Poker. It's a sharp observational tale of poker: those who play it and how it changed him.

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Small Batch Edition: 'The Sculptor' And Other Grand Graphic Novels

NPR Books - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:09am

Glen Weldon and Petra Mayer talk about Scott McCloud's The Sculptor and recommend other graphic novels you might enjoy.

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Paperback Row

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 8:52am
Paperback books of particular interest.






Editors’ Choice

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 8:51am
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.






Inside the List

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 8:51am
Helen Macdonald, whose memoir “H Is for Hawk” is No. 8 on the hardcover nonfiction list, has become something of a sensation in her native England.






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