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'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands

NPR Books - 8 hours 43 min ago

In the Land of Love and Drowning, the islands are a magical setting for three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands.

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What Made Double Agent Kim Philby A Great Spy? His Friends.

NPR Books - 17 hours 43 min ago

Philby was one of the 20th century's most legendary spies. NPR's Arun Rath talks with author Ben Macintyre about his new book, A Spy Among Friends, and the boozy secret to Philby's success.

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Lessons From Behind The Counter At A Comic Book Store

NPR Books - 18 hours 51 min ago

NPR's Lidia Jean Kott talked to Jason Aaron, the writer of the new female Thor. When she first talked to him she knew nothing about superhero comics, but after some research she became a fan.

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A Foodie Detective Solves Crime In A Delectable Italian Mystery

NPR Books - 18 hours 51 min ago

Andrea Camilleri's Angelica's Smile is the 17th book in the Inspector Montalbano mystery series. It's not as tightly plotted as the others, but Camilleri's trademark charm is still in place.

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Lessons In 'Essentialism': Getting More Out Of Life By Doing Less

NPR Books - July 26, 2014 - 1:09pm

Greg McKeown doesn't believe in "doing it all." In his new book he argues that we should pursue only those things that are truly important — and eliminate everything else.

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'Back Channel' Turns Up White House Intrigue

NPR Books - July 26, 2014 - 4:34am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen L. Carter about his new novel, Back Channel. It's a political thriller set during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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Plot To Poison Famed French Wine Makes For Gripping (Pinot) Noir

NPR Books - July 26, 2014 - 4:34am

In Shadows in the Vineyard Maximillian Potter tells the true story of the legendary Romanée-Conti vineyard — and how it was held up for a 1 million euro ransom.

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Fiction Explores The Push And Pull Of Arab-Israeli Identity

NPR Books - July 25, 2014 - 12:39pm

Sayed Kashua is an Arab who writes novels in Hebrew and a sitcom in Arabic. A contradiction? Maybe. But his newest book is a good look at an often-overlooked segment of the Israeli population.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of July 24, 2014

NPR Books - July 25, 2014 - 12:03pm

Scott Anderson's Lawrence in Arabia recounts how a handful of adventurers and low-level officers shaped the Arab Revolt during World War I. It appears at No. 9.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of July 24, 2014

NPR Books - July 25, 2014 - 12:03pm

Appearing at No. 11, Amy Tan's The Valley Of Amazement spans two continents and more than four decades as it explores the connection between an American mother and her half-Chinese daughter.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of July 24, 2014

NPR Books - July 25, 2014 - 12:03pm

Debuting at No. 12, Vicki Constantine Croke's Elephant Company tells the story of an English soldier who used elephants to undermine Japanese occupation of Burma during World War II.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of July 24, 2014

NPR Books - July 25, 2014 - 12:03pm

The final book of Deborah Harkness' All Souls trilogy, The Book of Life, follows a supernatural couple searching for a mysterious, ancient book. It debuts at No. 1.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of July 24, 2014

NPR Books - July 25, 2014 - 12:03pm

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

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‘Falling Out of Time,’ by David Grossman

New York Times book reviews - July 25, 2014 - 10:27am
David Grossman’s book in verse is an intimate study of grief and mourning.






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Paperback Row

New York Times book reviews - July 25, 2014 - 8:09am
Paperback books of particular interest.
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Editors’ Choice

New York Times book reviews - July 25, 2014 - 7:57am
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.
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‘The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan’

New York Times book reviews - July 25, 2014 - 7:35am
Elia Kazan’s letters underscore his central importance in the maturing of American film and theater at midcentury.
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Tim Winton’s ‘Eyrie’

New York Times book reviews - July 25, 2014 - 7:34am
Tim Winton’s hero, a disgraced and despairing activist in Western Australia, is called to help a childhood friend.
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‘Lucian Freud,’ by Phoebe Hoban

New York Times book reviews - July 25, 2014 - 7:33am
A biography of the painter who crossed paths with everyone from Kate Moss to the Kray brothers.
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‘The Golden Age Shtetl,’ by Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

New York Times book reviews - July 25, 2014 - 7:33am
A history of Jewish life in the villages of Eastern Europe before the period familiar to American Jews.
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