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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of September 18, 2014 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:03:20 -0400 
    Appearing at No. 6, scholar Reza Aslan's Zealot combines biblical and historical sources to probe the life of Jesus of Nazareth.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of September 18, 2014 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:03:20 -0400 
    At No. 14, Dennis Lehane's The Drop follows a woman and a lonely bartender as they encounter the Chechen mafia, stick-up artists and a relentless cop.


NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of September 18, 2014 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:03:20 -0400 
    Debuting at No. 5, Henry Kissinger's World Order gives a historian's perspective on the idea of order in world affairs.


NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of September 18, 2014 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:03:20 -0400 
    In Ian McEwan's The Children Act, a judge decides a case involving parents whose faith forbids a life-saving transfusion for their son. It debuts at No. 4.


NPR Bestsellers: Week Of September 18, 2014 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:03:20 -0400 
    The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.


For The Autumnal Equinox, A Poem As Chilling As The Fall Weather 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:26:00 -0400 
    Tuesday is the first day of fall. This time of year reminds critic Abigail Deutsch of Stephen Dobyns' "How to Like It" — a poem about a man who ponders his lost summers and fleeting dreams.


Amid NFL Scandals, A Novel About America's Love Of The Sport 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:25:00 -0400 
    It's the start of the season, and the NFL is already beset by scandal. Writer Mark Chiusano recommends a novel about football's place in American culture, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.


'American Cornball' A Taxonomy Of Humor In The U.S. 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:27:00 -0400 
    Robert Siegel talks to author Christopher Miller about American Cornball. It looks at the prejudices and peculiarities of a nation polarized between urban and rural, black and white and more.


Keeping Heirloom Apples Alive Is 'Like A Chain Letter' Over Many Centuries 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:09:00 -0400 
    Scott Farm in Vermont grows 100 apple varieties, some of them dating back to the 1700s. These apples may not look as pretty as the Red Delicious, but what they lack in looks they make up for in taste.


Roosevelt's Polio Wasn't A Secret: He Used It To His 'Advantage' 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:43:42 -0400 
    In The Man He Became, historian James Tobin says, despite misimpressions to the contrary, Americans of Franklin Roosevelt's day were well-aware of his disability. Originally aired Nov. 25, 2013.


Book News: National Book Longlists Contain Some Surprises, Many Subtitles 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:32:00 -0400 
    Also: George R.R. Martin enters the political fray; Robert Darnton on censorship.


How Did The Son Of A Terrorist Choose Peace? 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:58:00 -0400 
    Zak Ebrahim is the son of terrorist El-Sayyid Nosair, one of the masterminds of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He tells the story of being raised to hate and how he chose a very different path.


The Long, Scary Journey From A 'Terrorist's Son' To A Peace Activist 
  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:39:00 -0400 
    Zak Ebrahim's father was convicted as a conspirator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. For most of his life, Ebrahim lied to people about who his father was. His new memoir tells his story.


Book News: Fiction Longlist Is Out For The National Book Awards 
  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:29:00 -0400 
    Also: A Jane Austen Festival sets a new record; Terrance Hayes on winning a MacArthur.


Calvino's Cosmicomic Collection Treads The Final Frontier: America 
  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    Italo Calvino's delightful "cosmicomic" stories have long been scattered — split into separate books and translated in pieces. Now, a collection new to the U.S. is finally bringing them together.
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