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'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique

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This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of December 18, 2014

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In Brain On Fire, Susannah Cahalan shares her experience of being hospitalized for one horrific month because of a rare disease. It appears at No. 12.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of December 18, 2014

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Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend follows friends Elena and Lila as they grow up in mid-century Naples, Italy. It appears at No. 13.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of December 18, 2014

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Walter Isaacson tells the stories of the people who helped create modern computers in The Innovators. It appears at No. 13.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of December 18, 2014

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Anita Diamant's The Boston Girl tells the story of a Jewish girl born in 1900 to immigrant parents in Boston. It debuts at No. 9.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of December 18, 2014

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

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Book News: Macmillan Inks Deal With Amazon, But Doesn't Sound Happy About It

13 hours 58 min ago

The publisher makes peace with Amazon — and takes the opportunity to vent some frustration. Also: Paulo Coelho offers to buy The Interview off Sony.

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Playlist: Writers On Writing

14 hours 27 min ago

In this playlist, TED speakers explore the nature of creativity, the source of a good story, and the impact of the written word.

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3 Business Best-Sellers Show Inequality Is Now The Hot Topic

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Many business books try to help you get rich quick. But three of 2014's biggest sellers focused on unfairness and inequality. Economists say expect more: Books on inequality are riding a huge wave.

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5 Under-The-Radar Reads From Librarian Nancy Pearl

20 hours 5 min ago

Pearl shares the books she loved this year that you might not have heard of. Her list includes a Hollywood satire, two thrillers, a young adult novel and a nonfiction book about World War I.

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Book News: The Future Of The Public Library May Lie In The Coffee Shop

December 18, 2014 - 7:42am

A long-awaited review of public libraries in the U.K. calls for them to expand digital services and offer a "retail-standard environment" akin to coffee shops.

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Author Of 'Clifford' Children's Books Dies At 86

December 17, 2014 - 1:11pm

The creator of Clifford The Big, Red Dog died last Friday . Norman Bridwell wrote about 150 Clifford books that were translated into 13 languages and sold nearly 130 million copies.

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Between World Wars, Gay Culture Flourished In Berlin

December 17, 2014 - 10:12am

In Gay Berlin, Robert Beachy describes the rise of a gay subculture in the 1920s and '30s, how it contributed to our understanding of gay identity and how it was eradicated by the Nazis.

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Book News: Sci-Fi Writer Signs On As 'Chief Futurist' For Secretive Startup

December 17, 2014 - 9:53am

Neal Stephenson, author of Snow Crash, said he'll be assuming the role at the augmented reality company Magic Leap, which recently landed $542 million in investments from Google and other tech giants.

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25 Years Ago, 'Darkness Visible' Broke Ground Detailing Depression

December 17, 2014 - 2:04am

Renee Montagne talks to writer Andrew Solomon, who has chronicled his own battle with depression, about how William Styron's work opened up discussions of mental illness.

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