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Reviving A Grand Tradition Of 'Black Prophetic Fire' 
  Sat, 01 Nov 2014 08:04:41 -0400 
    Cornel West's new book laments the decline of what he calls "prophetic fire" among black leaders, and lifts up six examples of people who were willing to risk their lives in the service of the truth.


A Century Of Black Glamour In This Fine 'Vintage' 
  Sat, 01 Nov 2014 05:23:04 -0400 
    Nichelle Gainer's new Vintage Black Glamour, based on the popular Tumblr, collects a wealth of historical and biographical information — alongside gorgeous imagery — on great black entertainers.


A 19th Century Novel Explains Quantitative Easing 
  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:34:00 -0400 
    This week, the Federal Reserve ended the quantitative easing program. Author John Lanchester says Anthony Trollope's 19th century novel The Way We Live Now clarifies the current financial situation.


Spine-Tingling With A Twang: Great Alabama Ghost Stories 
  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:33:00 -0400 
    There's nothing like a good ghost story on Halloween — and some of the best tales were told by the late storyteller and NPR commentator Kathryn Tucker Windham.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of October 30, 2014 
  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:03:21 -0400 
    A museum owner's daughter and an immigrant photographer fall for each other in Alice Hoffman's The Museum of Extraordinary Things. It appears at No. 6.


NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of October 30, 2014 
  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:03:21 -0400 
    Comedian Jim Gaffigan shares his offbeat love affair with American junk food in Food. It debuts at No. 12.


NPR Bestsellers: Week Of October 30, 2014 
  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:03:21 -0400 
    The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of October 30, 2014 
  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0400 
    In Brain on Fire, Susannah Cahalan shares her story of falling ill to a rare autoimmune disease, and the difficulties doctors had it diagnosing it. The book appears at No. 7.


NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of October 30, 2014 
  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0400 
    Samantha Kofer goes from Wall Street lawyer to an unpaid legal aid intern in John Grisham's Gray Mountain. It debuts at No. 1.


Stephen King On Growing Up, Believing In God And Getting Scared 
  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:32:52 -0400 
    "The more carny it got, the better I liked it," King says of his new thriller, Joyland. King talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about his career writing horror, and about what scares him now.


Book News: J.K. Rowling Exposes Origin Of Harry Potter's 'Twee' Nemesis 
  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:33:00 -0400 
    Dolores Umbridge, enemy of the boy wizard, gets profiled in a new story from Rowling on Halloween. Also: Goodnight Moon goes bilingual, and a campaign for diverse books turns to crowd-funding.


Halloween Makes Us Think Of ... Diversity In Romance! 
  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    Romance guru Bobbi Dumas once worked at an international school — and she says the colorful world of the kids' Halloween costumes inspired her to think about diversity in her favorite literature.


'The Book Of Strange New Things' Treads Familiar Territory 
  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:20:00 -0400 
    Michel Faber's best-seller, The Crimson Petal and the White, captured the feel of Victorian London. His latest is a literary science-fiction tale that might disappoint hard core sci-fi fans.


I'm Not Scary, I'm Just Drawn That Way: Great Comics For Halloween 
  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    Ready for a Halloween scare? Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says these graphic novels and compilations — packed with creepy cults, alien monsters, gravediggers and ghosts — are just the ticket.


The Incredible Story Of Chilean Miners Rescued From The 'Deep Down Dark' 
  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:39:00 -0400 
    Hector Tobar had exclusive access to the 33 miners to report his new book detailing the claustrophobic horror they faced when they were trapped for 69 days in 2010. The result is a doozy.
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