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Writing The Wicked Ways Of The 'Worst. Person. Ever.'

NPR Books - 7 hours 43 sec ago

Raymond Gunt is profane, rude, heartless and truly the Worst. Person. Ever. Author Douglas Coupland says he's not exactly sure how the character, with no redeeming qualities, came into his mind.

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How A Music Writer Learned Trust Is The Ultimate Backstage Pass

NPR Books - 15 hours 54 min ago

Lisa Robinson knows how to talk — and how to make others, especially musicians, want to talk. The veteran rock journalist speaks with NPR's Wade Goodwyn about her four decades behind the scenes.

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For Chris O'Dowd, 'Of Mice And Men' Is More Than An American Story

NPR Books - 18 hours 47 min ago

"All of us have chased the American dream so there's something very universal about it," the Irish actor says. O'Dowd and James Franco star in a new Broadway production of Steinbeck's novella.

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A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review'

NPR Books - April 18, 2014 - 2:27pm

Gabriel Garcia Marquez died Thursday. It would be hard to overstate the importance of his novels, but author Gustavo Arellano recommends getting to know him in a different medium.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of April 17, 2014

NPR Books - April 18, 2014 - 1:03pm

Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers looks at everyday life in a Mumbai slum. It appears at No. 1.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of April 17, 2014

NPR Books - April 18, 2014 - 1:03pm

At No. 5, Elizabeth Strout's The Burgess Boys follows a family fractured by tragedy.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of April 17, 2014

NPR Books - April 18, 2014 - 1:03pm

How Jesus Became God looks at how a Jewish preacher from Galilee was transformed into a deity. It debuts at No. 12.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of April 17, 2014

NPR Books - April 18, 2014 - 1:03pm

The late Peter Matthiessen's last novel, , debuts at No. 4.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of April 17, 2014

NPR Books - April 18, 2014 - 1:03pm

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

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ArtsBeat: Fame-Hating Lewis Carroll Letter Lands in Los Angeles

New York Times book reviews - April 18, 2014 - 12:22pm
A Lewis Carroll letter lamenting attention from fans is bought by the University of Southern California.






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ArtsBeat: Remembering the Life and Work of Gabriel García Márquez

New York Times book reviews - April 18, 2014 - 7:54am
A look at The Times’s coverage of Gabriel García Márquez, who died on Thursday at 87.






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Inside the List

New York Times book reviews - April 18, 2014 - 7:25am
“The Opposite of Loneliness,” new on the hardcover nonfiction list at No. 11, is a collection of essays and stories by Marina Keegan, the 22-year-old writer who died in a car accident two years ago.






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‘The Gray Notebook,’ by Josep Pla

New York Times book reviews - April 18, 2014 - 7:24am
A Catalan writer held on to his 1918-19 diary for almost half a century, revising it and creating a portrait of the times.






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‘The Wives of Los Alamos,’ by TaraShea Nesbit

New York Times book reviews - April 18, 2014 - 7:24am
This novel imagines married life at a secret atomic testing facility in remote Los Alamos.






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‘The Tyranny of Experts,’ by William Easterly

New York Times book reviews - April 18, 2014 - 7:23am
The world’s poor have been betrayed by the technocrats in charge of global development, William Easterly says.






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‘Cycle of Lies’ and ‘Wheelmen’

New York Times book reviews - April 18, 2014 - 7:23am
Lance Armstrong and the win-at-all-costs world of pro cycling.






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‘Neanderthal Man,’ by Svante Paabo

New York Times book reviews - April 18, 2014 - 7:22am
In tracing ancient DNA, a paleogeneticist uncovered a relationship between Neanderthals and modern humans.






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‘Plato at the Googleplex,’ by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

New York Times book reviews - April 18, 2014 - 7:22am
A philosophical inquiry imagines Plato on an American book tour in the 21st century.






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Crime: Nevada Barr’s ‘Destroyer Angel,’ and More

New York Times book reviews - April 18, 2014 - 7:21am
In Nevada Barr’s Destroyer Angel,” the National Park Service ranger Anna Pigeon must revert to her animal nature to survive.






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‘Three Brothers,’ by Peter Ackroyd

New York Times book reviews - April 18, 2014 - 7:19am
This novel, set against the backdrop of 1960s London, abounds with political corruption and sexual scandal.






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