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Searching For Buried Treasure In China, A Writer Discovers Himself

NPR Books - 2 hours 26 min ago

During the Sino-Japanese War, Huan Hsu's great-great-grandfather buried his vast porcelain collection to keep it safe. Hsu went to find it 70 years later, on a trip about more than missing china.

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'The Precious One' Has Love At Its Heart

NPR Books - 14 hours 25 min ago

Marisa de los Santos' newest novel follows a young woman returning to her home town to confront her shattered family. Reviewer Bobbi Dumas says it'll remind you that love can change the world.

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'Night At The Fiestas' Spins Stories Of Faith And Family

NPR Books - March 28, 2015 - 1:22pm

Kirstin Valdez Quade's debut book of short fiction is inspired by her family and its long history in the "romanticized" region of northern New Mexico.

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Pour A Bucket Of Blood On These New Adaptations Of 'Carrie'

NPR Books - March 28, 2015 - 2:03am

Stephen King has said his novel Carrie is about women's power and men's fear — an idea reporter Beth Accomando says has gotten lost in newer adaptations of the horror classic for stage and screen.

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At Last, A Fitting Farewell For Richard III

NPR Books - March 28, 2015 - 1:56am

Richard III has been buried, two years after his abandoned bones were found under an abandoned parking lot. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the man Shakespeare turned into one of his great characters.

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ArtsBeat: Fancy Nancy Lands a TV Deal With Disney

New York Times book reviews - March 27, 2015 - 1:18pm
Disney Junior will make an animated television movie and weekly show from the best-selling “Fancy Nancy” book series.






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

NPR Books - March 27, 2015 - 12:03pm

Arianna Huffington offers tips for creating a healthy work-life balance in Thrive. It appears at No. 14.

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

NPR Books - March 27, 2015 - 12:03pm

At No. 11, Michael Connelly's The Burning Room follows Harry Bosch as he investigates a man's death from an injury sustained nine years earlier.

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

NPR Books - March 27, 2015 - 12:03pm

Gretchen Rubin examines daily habits and how to change them in Better Than Before, which debuts at No. 6.

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

NPR Books - March 27, 2015 - 12:03pm

In Jacqueline Winspear's A Dangerous Place, lone traveler Masie Dobbs is pulled in a brutal murder investigation after suffering her own loss. It debuts at No. 5.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of March 26, 2015

NPR Books - March 27, 2015 - 12:03pm

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

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App That Aims To Make Books 'Squeaky Clean' Draws Ire From Edited Writers

NPR Books - March 27, 2015 - 11:31am

Clean Reader — an app designed to find, block and replace profanity in books — has drawn considerable criticism from authors. This week, makers of the app announced they would no longer sell e-books.

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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘The Folded Clock’

New York Times book reviews - March 27, 2015 - 9:51am
Heidi Julavits discusses “The Folded Clock”; Alexandra Alter has news from the literary world; Jeffrey Lieberman talks about “Shrinks”; and Gregory Cowles has best-seller news.






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‘Washington’s Revolution,’ by Robert Middlekauff

New York Times book reviews - March 27, 2015 - 8:39am
Despite a ragtag army, Washington plotted the way to victory.
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Kent Russell’s ‘I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son’

New York Times book reviews - March 27, 2015 - 8:39am
Essays consider a range of American masculinities, especially at home.
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‘The Upstairs Wife,’ by Rafia Zakaria

New York Times book reviews - March 27, 2015 - 8:38am
A personal look at the place of women in Pakistani culture.
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‘The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot,’ by Blaine Harden

New York Times book reviews - March 27, 2015 - 8:36am
A pilot escapes North Korea in the Cold War’s early days.
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‘The Boatmaker,’ by John Benditt

New York Times book reviews - March 27, 2015 - 8:36am
In this first novel, a loner is intent on a greater understanding of the civilized world, and his place in it.
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‘Richard John Neuhaus,’ by Randy Boyagoda

New York Times book reviews - March 27, 2015 - 8:35am
A biography of the Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, an intellectual maverick of 20th-century Roman Catholicism.
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‘My Documents,’ by Alejandro Zambra

New York Times book reviews - March 27, 2015 - 8:34am
Alejandro Zambra’s stories draw from the age of computers and the legacy of Pinochet.
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