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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.
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.
August 28, 2015 The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.
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."
August 26, 2015 Return to the Discworld one more time in the late author's last novel, about young witch Tiffany Aching. Tiffany faced down the Queen of the Elves in her first adventure — but now the queen is back.
August 26, 2015 High school English teacher Jennifer McQuillan spent the summer collecting clippings from the gardens of American authors. She's using them to plant a "literary garden" in her school's courtyard.
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August 25, 2015 Price says that in every precinct there's one cop who just can't let go of a case. "They all reminded me of Ahab ... looking for their whales," he says. Originally broadcast Feb. 17, 2015.
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August 25, 2015 Author Tracy Daugherty's new biography of Joan Didion is an honest attempt to construct a coherent narrative about her — but critic Michael Schaub says it doesn't completely work.
August 24, 2015 The "sad puppies" — a group of disgruntled, mostly white male science fiction authors — struck out at the Hugo Awards over the weekend after trying to stuff the ballot box.
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