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The 'Man Who Touched His Own Heart' Changed Medicine

January 30, 2015 - 1:59pm

Melissa Block talks to Rob Dunn about his new book, The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, a history of science and medicine's efforts to understand the working of the human heart.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of January 29, 2015

January 30, 2015 - 1:03pm

In How to Love, Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh instructs on the essentials of mindfulness practice and understanding the many different kinds of love. It appears at No. 14.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of January 29, 2015

January 30, 2015 - 1:03pm

At No. 15, Chris Pavone's The Accident follows literary agent Isabel Reed as she races through a mysterious manuscript while the CIA simultaneously tries to bury the story.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of January 29, 2015

January 30, 2015 - 1:03pm

Debuting at No. 14, Diane Muldrow's Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned From a Little Golden Book offers insights on the world of romance.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of January 29, 2015

January 30, 2015 - 1:03pm

In Lily King's Euphoria, three young anthropologists in 1930s New Guinea are caught in a love triangle. It debuts at No. 13.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of January 29, 2015

January 30, 2015 - 1:03pm

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

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Are We Having Fun Yet? New Book Explores The Paradox Of Parenting

January 30, 2015 - 11:23am

Kids can be magical and maddening. The title of Jennifer Senior's book — All Joy and No Fun — contrasts the strains of day-to-day parenting with the transcendent experience of raising a child.

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Should Ray Rice Get A Second Chance? 'Maybe,' Parcells Says

January 30, 2015 - 1:16am

In part two of David Greene's conversation with Bill Parcells, the football coach talks about how he dealt with players' drug use and about redemption for the former Baltimore Ravens running back.

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From Laundering To Profiteering, A Multitude Of Sins At The Vatican Bank

January 30, 2015 - 1:15am

In God's Bankers Gerald Posner explores the history of money, power and the church. During World War II, he says, the Vatican made money off of the life insurance policies of Jews sent to death camps.

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The Gift Of Eternal Shelf Life: 'Tuck Everlasting' Turns 40

January 29, 2015 - 3:11pm

In Natalie Babbitt's celebrated classic, a young girl stumbles upon a secret spring and the family the spring has given eternal life to. Babbitt says she wrote the book to help kids understand death.

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In 'Outline,' A Series Of Conversations Are Autobiographies In Miniature

January 29, 2015 - 11:21am

Rachel Cusk's novel centers on a writer and mother recovering from divorce who teaches a summer course in Athens, Greece. The narrator has 10 conversations filled with holes, lies and self-deceptions.

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Editor Picks Religions For The First Norton Anthology of World Religions

January 29, 2015 - 10:39am

The anthology includes ancient and contemporary interpretations of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Daoism. Editor Jack Miles discusses primary texts, extremism and death.

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Low-Key, Real-Life Heroism In 'March: Book Two'

January 29, 2015 - 7:03am

Rep. John Lewis continues his graphic memoir series about the civil rights movement in March: Book Two. He isn't afraid to humble the famous and focus on those whom history often overlooks.

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A Haunting, Victorian-Inflected Dystopia In 'The Mime Order'

January 29, 2015 - 4:03am

Samantha Shannon's richly detailed follow-up to The Bone Season picks up with clairvoyant heroine Paige on the run after leading a revolt against the alien oppressors of her far-future England.

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Parcells' Book Details Highs And Lows Of His NFL Coaching Career

January 29, 2015 - 2:03am

Bill Parcells recently recounted his life and career in a memoir, Parcells: A Football Life. David Greene sits down with Parcells to talk about his legacy, and the challenges the league faces today.

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'Little House,' Big Demand: Never Underestimate Laura Ingalls Wilder

January 28, 2015 - 2:35pm

Wilder's memoir reveals that she witnessed more violence than you'd ever know from her children's books. The South Dakota State Historical Society can barely keep up with demand for the autobiography.

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Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

January 28, 2015 - 11:03am

New research shows that teenagers' brains aren't fully insulated, so the signals travel slowly when they need to make decisions. Neuroscientist Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains.

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'How To Grow Up' Needs To Grow Up

January 28, 2015 - 4:03am

Poet, novelist, memoirist and queer icon Michelle Tea makes a rare misstep in How to Grow Up, an essay collection that reviewer Michael Schaub calls "a well-intentioned, exasperating mess of a book."

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