The Week's Best Stories From NPR BooksThis week: An afternoon with Philip Pullman. Tom Hanks' typewriter obsession. Amy Tan's roots. Ron Chernow's new book on Ulysses S. Grant. And an appreciation of poet and translator Richard Wilbur.
Remembering Russia's Dark Past: Tom Rob Smith's crime novels follow Soviet security agent Leo Demidov through 1950s Moscow, when Josef Stalin ruled the Kremlin and simply associating with the wrong people could land you in jail.
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In 1938, A&P had more than 13,000 stores from coast to coast, like this one in Somerset, Ohio. Over the next four years, the company's transition to a new supermarket format would cut that store count in half.
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