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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of May 21, 2015

NPR Books - May 22, 2015 - 12:03pm

Things That Matter, a collection of essays from conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, appears at No. 9.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of May 21, 2015

NPR Books - May 22, 2015 - 12:03pm

Ruth Reichl tells a story of food, love and redemption in Delicious!, which appears at No. 15.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of May 21, 2015

NPR Books - May 22, 2015 - 12:03pm

Photographer Sally Mann tells her family's history through images and words in Hold Still. It debuts at No. 8.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of May 21, 2015

NPR Books - May 22, 2015 - 12:03pm

In Anne Enright's The Green Road, Rosaleen Madigan's four grown children find themselves reunited under their mother's roof after she announces she's selling their childhood home. It debuts at No. 14.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of May 21, 2015

NPR Books - May 22, 2015 - 12:03pm

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

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How 'Gatsby' Went From A Moldering Flop To A Great American Novel

NPR Books - May 22, 2015 - 11:36am

In So We Read On, Maureen Corrigan looks at the story behind The Great Gatsby, from F. Scott Fitzgerald's life to the era in which it's set. Originally broadcast Sept. 8, 2014.

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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Shakespeare in Love

New York Times book reviews - May 22, 2015 - 9:46am
Alan Riding discusses two new books about Shakespeare, and Michelle Orange talks about five new essay collections.







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Inside the List

New York Times book reviews - May 22, 2015 - 7:38am
Jessica Knoll’s novel “Luckiest Girl Alive,” which is No. 12 on the hardcover fiction list, is the latest best seller with a mean girl for a protagonist.







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Thrillers

New York Times book reviews - May 22, 2015 - 6:52am
Reviews of new books by Harlan Coben, Heidi Pitlor, Benjamin Percy and more.







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Beyond The Best-Sellers: Nancy Pearl Recommends Under-The-Radar Reads

NPR Books - May 21, 2015 - 11:57pm

NPR's go-to books guru has sent Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep a stack of books — titles she thinks deserve more attention. Here are her fiction picks, to kick off your summer reading.

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‘Medicine Walk,’ by Richard Wagamese

New York Times book reviews - May 21, 2015 - 9:27pm
In Richard Wagamese’s novel, a young Indian and his ailing, estranged father venture into the wild.







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The Shortlist: Essays

New York Times book reviews - May 21, 2015 - 9:27pm
New books by Sarah Manguso, Edward Mendelson, Donald Hall, Mohsin Hamid and Ander Monson.







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‘The Book of Aron,’ by Jim Shepard

New York Times book reviews - May 21, 2015 - 9:27pm
A poor family seeks opportunity in Warsaw, only to be swept up in the Nazi invasion.







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‘The Millionaire and the Bard,’ by Andrea E. Mays

New York Times book reviews - May 21, 2015 - 9:27pm
Henry Folger set out to purchase as many First Folios as he could — and succeeded.







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Editors’ Choice

New York Times book reviews - May 21, 2015 - 9:27pm
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.







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Critic’s Take: Subversive Pleasure

New York Times book reviews - May 21, 2015 - 9:27pm
Angela Carter died in 1992, and many of the elements of her stories have become commonplace in fiction and popular culture.







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‘The Familiar,’ by Mark Z. Danielewski

New York Times book reviews - May 21, 2015 - 9:27pm
Mark Z. Danielewski’s experimental novel — the first in a planned 27-part series — unfolds on the same rainy day in May.







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Paperback Row

New York Times book reviews - May 21, 2015 - 9:27pm
Paperback books of particular interest.







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‘The Distant Marvels,’ by Chantel Acevedo

New York Times book reviews - May 21, 2015 - 9:27pm
Waiting out a hurricane, an old woman recounts her family’s history in Cuba.







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‘Gutshot,’ Stories by Amelia Gray

New York Times book reviews - May 21, 2015 - 9:27pm
These stories test the reader’s ability to accept dark desires.







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