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Shriver Finds Wisdom Among The Intellectually Disabled

NPR Books - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 5:48am

Timothy Shriver's new memoir is a look at the inspirational people he met as chairman of the Special Olympics. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Shriver about his book, Fully Alive.

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A Journey Through The History Of American Food In 100 Bites

NPR Books - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 5:48am

Thomas Jefferson loved macaroni and cheese so much he brought it home to Virginia from Europe. The American Plate reveals these and other stories behind America's most beloved foods.

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Spend Some Time 'Loitering,' And Feel Less Alone

NPR Books - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 5:03am

Charles D'Ambrosio's new essay collection wanders through topics journalistic and personal; reviewer Annalisa Quinn says it delivers a primal pleasure of reading: the feeling of being understood.

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Roger Moore: The Man With The Golden Life

NPR Books - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 3:24am

Sir Roger Moore has played James Bond more than any other actor; his new memoir One Lucky Bastard chronicles a life spent working and laughing with stars — and learning how to kiss from Lana Turner.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of November 13, 2014

NPR Books - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 4:03pm

Blackwater founder Erik Prince takes a look at the military contractor's history and the controversy surrounding it in Civilian Warriors. It appears at No. 15.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of November 13, 2014

NPR Books - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 4:03pm

Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge, a collection of short stories following a retired Maine school teacher, appears at No. 10.

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ArtsBeat: New York Public Library Names New Chairman

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 11:12am
Evan R. Chesler, the chairman of the law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore, will take over as the library chairman from Neil L. Rudenstine.






Crime: Patricia Cornwell’s ‘Flesh and Blood,’ and More

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 9:09am
In Cornwell’s new thriller, Kay Scarpetta’s expertise is needed with a murder victim, a man once accused of being a terrorist.

‘The Deluge,’ by Adam Tooze

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 9:08am
Between the Great War and the Depression, the world was remade by American economic and military power.

‘Man Alive,’ by Thomas Page McBee

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 9:06am
A transgender writer’s memoir of forgiveness and discovery.

‘Tennessee Williams,’ by John Lahr

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 9:05am
Tennessee Williams spun unhappiness into dramatic gold, John Lahr’s study shows.

‘Thrown,’ by Kerry Howley

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 9:04am
A writer finds sublime poetry in the world of mixed martial arts.

‘William Wells Brown,’ by Ezra Greenspan

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 9:04am
Born into slavery, William Wells Brown escaped to freedom and reinvented himself as an author, lecturer and doctor.

‘On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller,’ by Richard Norton Smith

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 9:03am
Nelson Rockefeller, the subject of a new biography, was a big-government, big-spending liberal — and a Republican.

‘More Awesome Than Money,’ by Jim Dwyer

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 9:03am
Four university students tried to create a nonprofit, privacy-protected alternative to Facebook.

The Shortlist: Ian Leslie's 'Curious,' and More

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 9:02am
New books by Ian Leslie, Daniel J. Levitin, Judy Wajcman and Michael Harris.

Letters: ‘Uncommon Woman’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 9:02am
Readers respond to recent reviews of Brian Morton’s “Florence Gordon,” Matt Bai’s “All the Truth Is Out” and more.

Claire Prentice’s ‘Lost Tribe of Coney Island’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 9:01am
In the early 1900s, an American huckster brought despair to a group of Filipino tribespeople.

Daniel Bolger’s ‘Why We Lost’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 9:01am
In “Why We Lost,” Daniel Bolger says abysmal generalship doomed American efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Inside the List

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 8:57am
John Cleese, whose memoir “So, Anyway. . .” is No. 9 on the hardcover nonfiction list, once wrote to a fan: “I am very very very very very very important.”
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