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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 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 Agloe, N.Y., is not a town in the real sense. It's a dot on a map put there by cartographers some 85 years ago to help them catch people illegally copying their work. The fictitious town is among a number of map traps and "paper towns" that inspired novelist John Green to write his book and now movie, Paper Towns. He shares the story of Agloe, and what he found when he used a map to try to travel there.
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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July 28, 2015 The author of The Paris Wife is back with another novelized memoir, this time of pioneering aviator (and all-around adventurer) Beryl Markham, the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean east to west.
July 28, 2015 Austin Grossman's new novel is half Lovecraftian horror, half thoughtful character study of a President Nixon who's in charge of an alternate America built not on democracy, but on dark magic.
July 26, 2015 In the 1983 game, the Yankees were holding a trump card: an obscure rule that turned the Royals' game-winning home run into a game-loser, inspiring one of the most epic tantrums in baseball history.
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July 26, 2015 Patricia Park's novel, Re Jane, is a retelling of Charlotte Bronte's classic Jane Eyre set in modern-day New York and South Korea. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with author Jean Kwok about Park's novel.
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July 26, 2015 It's no secret that women are getting more prominent in the world of comics. But some women are tired of waiting for mainstream attention: They're turning to crowdfunding to get their projects done.
July 26, 2015 In Crooked, novelist Austin Grossman excuses Richard Nixon's rocky political career in the weirdest ways possible — by reimagining the former president as a warrior against supernatural forces.
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July 25, 2015 It's been 50 years since Bob Dylan strolled on stage at the Newport Folk Festival, plugged in an electric guitar, and infuriated his flock. Historian Elijah Wald says there's much more to the story.
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July 25, 2015 An orphan boy becomes friends with the scheming woman who takes him in in Lissa Evans' new novel, Crooked Heart. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with her about her WWII-era novel.
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July 25, 2015 Sonya Lea and her husband Richard Bandy had been married for more than 20 years when he had to have an operation for a rare cancer. Since then, he's been piecing together the puzzle of his past.
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July 24, 2015 NPR's Melissa Block talks to tournament director Karen Kumaki about the inaugural Quidditch European Games, taking place this weekend in Sarteano, Italy.
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Author and activist Bill McKibben paddles toward Follensby Pond in New York's Adirondack Mountains, along the route followed by Ralph Waldo Emerson in the summer of 1858.
July 24, 2015 A century and a half ago, the poet and philosopher headed to New York's Adirondack Mountains with some notable pals. Today, we follow his journey with a new crew, the help of a painting and a book.
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July 24, 2015 At No. 9, You Are A Bad Ass is an irreverent guide to achieving happiness by eliminating self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors.
by Jen Sincero
by Daniel James Brown
by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai
by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
by Cheryl Strayed
by Jordan Ellenberg
July 24, 2015 The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.
July 24, 2015 Harper Lee's novel To Set a Watchman, is set two decades after her Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. It debuts at No. 1.
by Harper Lee
by Anthony Doerr
by Paula Hawkins
by Ernest Cline
by Daniel Silva
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