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August 1, 2015 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.
July 31, 2015 At No. 7, Ernest Cline's Armada tells the story of gamers protecting the earth from an alien invasion.
August 1, 2015 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.
July 31, 2015 The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.
July 31, 2015 Debuting at No. 15, Arthur Brooks' The Conservative Heart presents a new vision for conservatism.
by Arthur C. Brooks
by Marie Kondo
by Ta-nehisi Coates
by David McCullough
by Aziz Ansari
by Judd Apatow
July 31, 2015 In The Rosie Effect, a sequel to 2013's The Rosie Project, Don Tillman prepares for fatherhood. It appears at No. 15.
by Graeme Simsion
by Harper Lee
by Andy Weir
by Lily King
by Emily St. John Mandel
by E. L. James
July 31, 2015 Emma Farrarons' The Mindfulness Coloring Book, a pocket-sized, anti-stress booklet for grown-ups, appears at No. 12.
by Emma Farrarons
by Daniel James Brown
by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai
by Jordan Ellenberg
by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
by Malcolm Gladwell
July 31, 2015 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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July 31, 2015 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."
An infantryman eats food rations from cans during the Vietnam War.
July 31, 2015 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.
Jason Segel plays writer David Foster Wallace in the new film The End of the Tour.
July 31, 2015 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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July 30, 2015 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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July 30, 2015 The characters in Lauren Holmes' debut story collection are more than words on a page, says reviewer Michael Schaub. They're fully, exasperatingly real, portrayed with charm but without pretension.
July 30, 2015 Mary Kubica's new thriller follows a woman who takes in a runaway and her baby daughter. Reviewer Bethanne Patrick says it's a perfect setup — but the twists you expect aren't the ones that arrive.
July 29, 2015 Agloe, N.Y., is not a town in any real sense. Instead, it's among a number of fakes that mapmakers planted to foil plagiarists. It inspired John Green to write his book (and now movie) Paper Towns.
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July 29, 2015 Thirteen novels are in the hunt for the Man Booker Prize, the U.K.'s biggest literary award. The Booker is open to Americans for only the second year, and this year's list pits rookies against titans.
July 29, 2015 Cartoonist Ed Piskor has just put out the new book in his award-winning Hip Hop Family Tree series. It's an exhaustive, good-natured look at the birth of hip-hop that avoids the pitfall of voyeurism.
July 29, 2015 It's the NPR Books Summer of Love, so to celebrate, we asked our readers to nominate their favorite romances. And the results are in: 100 love stories to help every reader find a happy ever after.
July 29, 2015 Not every submission to our big romance poll made it onto the list. Some books, while classics, have not aged well, some books were too new to judge, and some were lacking the crucial happy ending.
July 28, 2015 In his new book, The Man Who Wasn't There, Anil Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves — and how those perceptions can be distorted by certain brain conditions.
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