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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of August 27, 2015 
  Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:03:40 -0400 
    In Just Mercy, attorney Bryan Stevenson recounts his efforts to defend the poor, the wrongly condemned and women and children trapped in the criminal justice system. It appears at No. 5.

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of August 27, 2015 
  Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:03:40 -0400 
    In John Grisham's Gray Mountain, a New York City lawyer turned unpaid intern stumbles upon dangerous secrets in a small Appalachian community. It appears at No. 12.

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of August 27, 2015 
  Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:03:40 -0400 
    In H is for Hawk, experienced falconer Helen Macdonald recounts her efforts to train a dangerous goshawk after her father dies. It appears at No. 8.

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of August 27, 2015 
  Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:03:40 -0400 
    Debuting at No. 14, Lucia Berlin's A Manual for Cleaning Women finds moments of grace in cafeterias, laundromats and hotel dining rooms.

NPR Bestsellers: Week Of August 27, 2015 
  Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:03:40 -0400 
    The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

'The Wake' Is An Unlikely Hit In An Imaginary Language 
  Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:38:00 -0400 
    Paul Kingsnorth self-published The Wake, his tale of the 11th-century Norman conquest of England, written in a pastiche of Old and modern English — and was startled when it became a smash hit.

Cults, Foam Heads And Other Weird Things Thrive In 'Body Like Mine' 
  Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:48:00 -0400 
    Alexandra Kleeman's novel, populated by TV-obsessed characters on a steady diet of Popsicles and oranges, is a controlled exercise in what critic Jason Sheehan calls "terrifying banality."

Chris Offutt Reveals A Family Secret In 'My Father, The Pornographer' 
  Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:43:00 -0400 
    Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. Originally broadcast March 2, 2015.

'George' Wants You To Know: She's Really Melissa 
  Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:06:00 -0400 
    One of this fall's most anticipated books is about a transgender fourth-grader. Publisher Scholastic is employing some of the same marketing techniques it used for megahits like The Hunger Games.

The Girl Who Outlived Her Creator: Salander Returns In 'Spider's Web' 
  Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:04:00 -0400 
    The fourth book in Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millennium series comes out internationally today — but Larsson died in 2004, so his father and brother hired a new writer to continue the series.

How The Sad Puppies Won — By Losing 
  Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:03:00 -0400 
    A group of conservative sci-fi fans and writers took over the Hugo Award nominations this year, then lost big when the actual awards were given out. But they still dominated the conversation.

Exclusive First Read: 'The Shepherd's Crown' By Terry Pratchett 
  Wed, 26 Aug 2015 07:03:00 -0400 
    Return to the Discworld one more time in the late author's last novel, about young witch Tiffany Aching. Tiffany faced down the Queen of the Elves in her first adventure — but now the queen is back.

'Latest Readings' Offers Buoyant Musings On A Lifetime Of Literature 
  Wed, 26 Aug 2015 07:03:00 -0400 
    Literary critic Clive James revisits the work of great writers such as Joseph Conrad, Ernest Hemingway, Shakespeare and others, subjecting each to the "finicky test of delight."

Authors' Garden Clippings Grow Students' Love Of Literature 
  Wed, 26 Aug 2015 05:06:00 -0400 
    High school English teacher Jennifer McQuillan spent the summer collecting clippings from the gardens of American authors. She's using them to plant a "literary garden" in her school's courtyard.

In Richard Price's Latest Novel, Haunted Cops And Cases They Couldn't Close 
  Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:29:21 -0400 
    Price says that in every precinct there's one cop who just can't let go of a case. "They all reminded me of Ahab ... looking for their whales," he says. Originally broadcast Feb. 17, 2015.
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