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

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

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

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

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

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

April 18, 2014 - 1:03pm

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

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Book News: The Celebrity Of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

April 18, 2014 - 3:39am

Also: Exiled Romanian poet Nina Cassian has died; the real title of Hillary Clinton's forthcoming memoir; Gary Shteyngart retires from book blurbing.

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'During The Reign,' A Dissolving Family Retells Its History

April 18, 2014 - 3:03am

Joan Chase's 1983 debut During the Reign of the Queen of Persia is a careful, layered account of a troubled family in rural 1950s Ohio, narrated by a quasi-Greek chorus of daughters and cousins.

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Colombia Mourns Death Of Favorite Son: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

April 18, 2014 - 1:09am

Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 87, died on Thursday. He made Colombia synonymous with literature, particularly the dreamlike, whimsical story-telling known as magical realism.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Writes Of A Worldview Shaped In Youth

April 18, 2014 - 12:14am

In her memoir, A Fighting Chance, Warren reveals a childhood brush with bankruptcy and reflects on hard-won political lessons.

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Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies

April 17, 2014 - 12:51pm

The master of magic realism was the region's best-known writer. His novels were filled with miraculous events and characters; love and madness; wars, dreams and death. He died Thursday at 87.

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Nobel Prize-Winning Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies At 87

April 17, 2014 - 12:47pm

The Colombian-born author of One Hundred Years of Solitude had been in failing health for some time.

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'Bintel Brief' And 'Hellfighters': American Stories, Powerfully Illustrated

April 17, 2014 - 10:49am

Critic Maureen Corrigan recommends two graphic novels — one about a Yiddish advice column in the early 1900s and another about a regiment of African-American soldiers who fought during World War I.

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Book News: Did Amazon Unintentionally Create A Drug Dealer Starter Kit?

April 17, 2014 - 3:36am

Also: Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez's health is said to be stable but "very fragile"; Dave Eggers' new book is called Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

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'Over Easy' Serves Up Savory Memories Of A Vintage Diner

April 17, 2014 - 3:03am

Mimi Pond's graphic memoir is a rose (or in this case aqua) tinted recollection of her time waitressing at a bohemian diner in Oakland in the 1970s. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says it's a sweet tribute.

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Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude'

April 16, 2014 - 1:44pm

Ellah Allfrey reviews Kinder Than Solitude, by Yiyun Li.

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Exploring Life's Incurable Soiledness With The Father Of Italian Noir

April 16, 2014 - 11:24am

A crackling new translation of Giorgio Scerbanenco's crime novel Private Venus has just been released. Critic John Powers read it in a single sitting.

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Revisiting Pulitzer Nominees That Touch On Issues Of Race

April 16, 2014 - 5:30am

The announcement of the winners and finalists for the Pulitzer Prizes gives us an opportunity to herald great journalism that illuminates matters relating to race, ethnicity and culture.

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Book News: J.K. Rowling Gives Glimpse Of Ginny Weasley As An Adult

April 16, 2014 - 3:52am

Ian McEwan talks about having dinner with Salman Rushdie, who had a fatwa out against him; Man Booker winner Eleanor Catton writes about the process of finding inspiration.

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