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Neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks speaks at Columbia University in June 2009 in New York City. Sacks, a prolific author and commentator, has died at age 82.
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August 30, 2015 His book Awakenings, about reviving patients from a catatonic state was turned into a 1990 film. He also wrote more than a dozen other books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.
Marie Jalowicz Simon survived the Holocaust by hiding with friends and strangers in Berlin.
From the private collection of Hermann Simon
August 30, 2015 Hermann Simon's mother lived as a Jew in Berlin during World War II. Through cunning and disguise Marie Jalowicz Simon managed to evade the Nazis right under their noses.
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August 30, 2015 Blogger Sarah Wendell usually reads on a Kindle, but she treasures a row of crumbling paperbacks by authors she calls the Holy Romance Trinity of J: Jude Deveraux, Julie Garwood and Judith McNaught.
August 29, 2015 Phillips' new collection is both raw and refined, drawing on intimate experience while shunning autobiography. "I become uncomfortable when people make an equation between author and poem," he says.
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August 29, 2015 Charlie Fairburn has been told he has six months to live. He's the central character in Edward St. Aubyn's novel, A Clue to the Exit. He speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about the book.
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August 29, 2015 The famed novelist says that at 85 she no longer has the energy to write another book, but she's just released a revised and updated edition of her manual for aspiring writers, Steering the Craft.
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August 29, 2015 This weekend, the NPR Books Time Machine is rewinding Scott Lynch's swashbuckling Gentleman Bastard series, a combination fantasy of manners, heist caper and heartfelt buddy comedy. With pirates.
August 29, 2015 June Reid has lost everyone she loves in one horrifying moment, but she's not the only one grieving. Bill Clegg's new novel tells of June's loss through the voices of those who know and encounter her.
August 28, 2015 The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.
August 28, 2015 Debuting at No. 14, Lucia Berlin's A Manual for Cleaning Women finds moments of grace in cafeterias, laundromats and hotel dining rooms.
by Lucia Berlin, Stephen Emerson et al.
by Harper Lee
by Anthony Doerr
by Paula Hawkins
by Paula McLain
by Haruki Murakami and Ted Goossen
August 28, 2015 In H is for Hawk, experienced falconer Helen Macdonald recounts her efforts to train a dangerous goshawk after her father dies. It appears at No. 8.
by Helen Macdonald
by Marie Kondo
by Ta-nehisi Coates
by David McCullough
by Aziz Ansari
by Atul Gawande
August 28, 2015 In John Grisham's Gray Mountain, a New York City lawyer turned unpaid intern stumbles upon dangerous secrets in a small Appalachian community. It appears at No. 12.
by John Grisham
by Andy Weir
by Lily King
by Emily St. John Mandel
by Celeste Ng
by Liane Moriarty
August 28, 2015 In Just Mercy, attorney Bryan Stevenson recounts his efforts to defend the poor, the wrongly condemned and women and children trapped in the criminal justice system. It appears at No. 5.
by Bryan Stevenson
by Daniel James Brown
by Emma Farrarons
by Jeff Hobbs
by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai
August 27, 2015 Paul Kingsnorth self-published The Wake, his tale of the 11th-century Norman conquest of England, written in a pastiche of Old and modern English — and was startled when it became a smash hit.
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August 27, 2015 Alexandra Kleeman's novel, populated by TV-obsessed characters on a steady diet of Popsicles and oranges, is a controlled exercise in what critic Jason Sheehan calls "terrifying banality."
August 27, 2015 Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. Originally broadcast March 2, 2015.
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August 19, 2015 This week, an exclusive First Read of the last Discworld novel, Kamel Daoud on Camus, how Maria got to Sesame Street, and a new book about a transgender kid. Plus, The Girl in the Spider's Web.
August 27, 2015 One of this fall's most anticipated books is about a transgender fourth-grader. Publisher Scholastic is employing some of the same marketing techniques it used for megahits like The Hunger Games.
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August 27, 2015 The fourth book in Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millennium series comes out internationally today — but Larsson died in 2004, so his father and brother hired a new writer to continue the series.
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August 26, 2015 A group of conservative sci-fi fans and writers took over the Hugo Award nominations this year, then lost big when the actual awards were given out. But they still dominated the conversation.
August 26, 2015 Literary critic Clive James revisits the work of great writers such as Joseph Conrad, Ernest Hemingway, Shakespeare and others, subjecting each to the "finicky test of delight."
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