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What Luck! 'Early Warning' Continues Smiley's Farm Family Saga 
  Tue, 28 Apr 2015 07:03:16 -0400 
    Readers eager to catch up with the Iowa farming family Jane Smiley introduced in Some Luck will enjoy the latest installment, which follows the five children off the farm and into the postwar era.


'Ashley's War' Details Vital Work Of Female Soldiers In Afghanistan 
  Tue, 28 Apr 2015 03:49:00 -0400 
    A new book looks at the female soldiers who served alongside elite special operations units in Afghanistan in order to connect with a population that was off-limits to male soldiers: Afghan women.


6 Novelists Withdraw From Event Honoring 'Charlie Hebdo' For Free Speech 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:00:00 -0400 
    Peter Carey and Rachel Kushner are among those who are withdrawing in protest from the PEN American Center's annual gala. Kushner says she is uncomfortable with Charlie Hebdo's "cultural intolerance."


This Weekend, Investigate The 'Edges' Of Fred Moten's Musical Poetry 
  Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:42:35 -0400 
    In honor of National Poetry Month, our latest Weekend Read is Fred Moten's collection The Little Edges. Poet Douglas Kearney says Moten's power is in his attention to music, both in text and subject.


A City Full Of Contradictions, And A Trilogy To Match In 'Nocturne' 
  Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:03:16 -0400 
    The second volume of Anne Opotowsky's lavish trilogy about the Kowloon Walled City is like the city itself — vibrant and contradictory, its skilled atmospherics sometimes marred by sloppy art.


The World Music Education of Philip Glass 
  Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:06:00 -0400 
    In his new memoir, Music Without Words, the composer explains how a chance meeting with Ravi Shankar sparked a fascination with the cultures of the world and their music.


Imagining The Power Of Edouard Manet's 'Very Active Muse' 
  Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:06:00 -0400 
    Maureen Gibbon's new novel, Paris Red, delves into the life of Victorine Meurent, Manet's favorite model and the central figure in some of his most famous paintings.


Tiny Pages Reveal Big, Rodent-Related Worries In 'Devotion' 
  Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:03:16 -0400 
    Don't be put off by the size of Devotion: A Rat Story by Maile Meloy. It's a small book, hardly larger than a pack of cigarettes, but the horror it delivers is real (and rat shaped).


It's The Fuzz! Cat Detective Swipes A Claw At Crime In 'William' 
  Sat, 25 Apr 2015 05:27:00 -0400 
    When the Mona Cheesa goes missing in Paris, "international cat of mystery" William is called in on the case. Helen Hancocks joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk about William & the Missing Masterpiece.


Don't Take His Stapler: 'Paper Clip' Author's Passion For Office Supplies 
  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:22:00 -0400 
    James Ward's new book stems from a lifelong love of Post-it notes, pencils and paper clips. He tells NPR's Melissa Block that they remind him of his school days, when life was less complicated.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of April 23, 2015 
  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:03:21 -0400 
    Richard Flanagan's The Narrow Road to the Deep North follows a doctor who is captured by the Japanese during World War II and ends up caring for prisoners of war. It appears at No. 9.


NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of April 23, 2015 
  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:03:21 -0400 
    Alexander McCall Smith's Emma is a retelling of Jane Austen's classic set in the 20th century. It debuts at No. 15.


NPR Bestsellers: Week Of April 23, 2015 
  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:03:20 -0400 
    The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of April 23, 2015 
  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:00:00 -0400 
    The Opposite of Loneliness is a posthumous collection of essays and stories by Marina Keegan, a talented Yale graduate who died days after graduation. It appears at No. 11.


NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of April 23, 2015 
  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:00:00 -0400 
    In The Road to Character, David Brooks looks at how some of the world's great thinkers have built strong inner character. It debuts at No. 1.
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