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This 'Woman With A Secret' Plays Deadly Mind Games

August 2, 2015 - 3:03am

Sophie Hannah's new psychological crime thriller is about the cruel machinations of outwardly nice married folks with too much time on their hands.

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Luther Campbell Of 2 Live Crew On Fame, Obscenity And Community

August 2, 2015 - 1:42am

Before joining the notoriously shocking rap crew, Campbell was a party-rocking DJ in Miami. Even then, he knew that being aggressively different could lead to success.

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Aviator Beryl Markham Soars Again In 'Paris Wife' Author's New Book

August 1, 2015 - 3:21pm

"It is my fate to illuminate the lives of these one-of-a-kind notable women that have been somehow forgotten by history," says Paula McClain. She shines her spotlight on Markham in Circling the Sun.

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A Look Back On 'Middle Passage': The Evolution Of A Literary Classic

August 1, 2015 - 1:10pm

Twenty-five years after Charles Johnson's Middle Passage — which dwells with race, class and gender in 19th-century America — won the National Book Award, he reflects on his book's evolving meaning.

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A Study Of Gods And Human Nature In 'Tiberius'

August 1, 2015 - 3:42am

Under Tiberius is a new novel about deceit and crime. The main character is the man who came to be known as Jesus Christ. NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Nick Tosches.

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'Three Moments' Is A Symphony Of Short Story Strangeness

August 1, 2015 - 3:03am

Acclaimed sci-fi author China Miéville hasn't been known for his short fiction, but reviewer Jason Heller says his new collection — subversive, strange and full of sick humor — will change that.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of July 30, 2015

July 31, 2015 - 1:03pm

Emma Farrarons' The Mindfulness Coloring Book, a pocket-sized, anti-stress booklet for grown-ups, appears at No. 12.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of July 30, 2015

July 31, 2015 - 1:03pm

In The Rosie Effect, a sequel to 2013's The Rosie Project, Don Tillman prepares for fatherhood. It appears at No. 15.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of July 30, 2015

July 31, 2015 - 1:03pm

Debuting at No. 15, Arthur Brooks' The Conservative Heart presents a new vision for conservatism.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of July 30, 2015

July 31, 2015 - 1:03pm

At No. 7, Ernest Cline's Armada tells the story of gamers protecting the earth from an alien invasion.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of July 30, 2015

July 31, 2015 - 1:03pm

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

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Remembering Alan Cheuse, Our Longtime Literary Guide

July 31, 2015 - 12:28pm

For some 30 years, Alan Cheuse was our guide to the best and worst of the written word. He passed away today at 75, after a car accident two weeks ago. NPR's Susan Stamberg has an appreciation.

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Alan Cheuse, Novelist And Longtime NPR Contributor, Dies At 75

July 31, 2015 - 11:28am

The author and critic died Friday of injuries sustained in a car accident. For years, he was the voice of NPR's literature commentary — and, for many, the "guide to a very exciting world."

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Cheetos, Canned Foods, Deli Meat: How The U.S. Army Shapes Our Diet

July 31, 2015 - 10:43am

Many of the processed foods that we eat — and the way they're made — were invented not for us, but for soldiers, says the author of the new book Combat-Ready Kitchen.

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'End Of The Tour': An Unauthorized 'Anti-Biopic' Of David Foster Wallace

July 31, 2015 - 12:55am

Instead of telling the author's life story, the film (which the Wallace estate does not approve of) focuses on five days in 1996 during the publicity tour for Infinite Jest.

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A Path From 'Blackout' Drunkenness To Sobriety And Self-Acceptance

July 30, 2015 - 11:24am

Writer Sarah Hepola once got so drunk before giving a presentation to 300 people that she didn't remember it the next day. In Blackout, her memoir, Hepola wrestles with her reasons for drinking.

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