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"[A] book ... unlike a television program, moving picture or any other 'modern means of communication' ... can wait for years, yet be available at any moment when it happens to be needed."

—Joseph Wood Krutch (1893-1970) American critic, natrualist, writer, The Modern Temper


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Jon Krakauer Tells A 'Depressingly Typical' Story Of College Town Rapes 
  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 05:21:38 -0400 
    Krakauer's Missoula looks at stories of women who have been sexually assaulted by people they know. He says rape is unlike other crimes because in other crimes, "the victim isn't assumed to be lying."

At 84, Poet Gary Snyder Lives In 'This Present Moment' 
  Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:30:00 -0400 
    Poet Gary Snyder has hung with the Beats, studied Buddhism, worked as a logger and he's still going strong. He talks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about his new collection, This Present Moment.

'Orhan's Inheritance' Is The Weight Of History 
  Sat, 18 Apr 2015 05:30:00 -0400 
    Aline Ohanesian's debut novel attempts to make sense of the events of 100 years ago, when the Ottoman Empire began forcing Armenians out of their homes in Turkey, leaving more than a million dead.

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of April 16, 2015 
  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:03:22 -0400 
    Malcolm Gladwell shows readers a new way to look at obstacles and disadvantage in David and Goliath. It appears at No. 3.

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of April 16, 2015 
  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:03:21 -0400 
    At No. 1, Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch follows a motherless boy and a priceless painting in the aftermath of a terror attack.

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of April 16, 2015 
  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:03:21 -0400 
    Debuting at No. 8, Kate Andersen Brower's The Residence offers an intimate account of life at the White House.

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of April 16, 2015 
  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:03:21 -0400 
    A Oslo contract killer's boss turns on him in Jo Nesbo's Blood on Snow. It debuts at No. 10.

NPR Bestsellers: Week Of April 16, 2015 
  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:03:21 -0400 
    The lists are compiled from from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

#NPRreads: From The Hell Of The North To 'Trash' Food 
  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:18:00 -0400 
    We highlight a 160-mile cycling race, reminiscences of an interview with the Oklahoma City bomber, the Finnish prison system, the nuclear deal with Iran, and the meaning of calling someone "trash."

Yoda? Is It Thou? Figure In 14th-Century Manuscript Looks Familiar 
  Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:55:00 -0400 
    A long time ago, in a place far away, a manuscript was created with an enigmatic figure who looks a great deal like a certain little — and yet powerful — green guy from the Star Wars films.

'Natural Born Heroes' Is Self-Help The Special Operations Way 
  Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:03:00 -0400 
    Writer Christopher McDougall digs into the exploits of Britain's legendary World War II commandos to form a new definition of heroism: It's a skill you can learn, if you push your body to the limit.

Lewis And Clark Battle Giant Spiders In 'Dead Lands' 
  Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:00:00 -0400 
    Benjamin Percy's new thriller re-tells the story of Lewis and Clark's expedition, against a postapocalyptic future backdrop where the Mississippi has dried up and monsters roam the West.

'All The Rage' Has All The Despair, And All The Confusion, Too 
  Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:03:00 -0400 
    Courtney Summers' new YA novel centers on a girl who was raped at a party, and the community that mostly doesn't believe her. Critic Tasha Robinson says the book's portrait of trauma packs a punch.

'The Fishermen' Ventures Into Dark Waters 
  Wed, 15 Apr 2015 07:03:00 -0400 
    Chigozie Obioma's novel follows a group of young boys who disobey their elders to spend afternoons fishing on the banks of an unlucky river, and the terrible consequences that flow from that choice.

From Horses To High-Rises: An Insider 'Unmasks' China's Economic Rise 
  Wed, 15 Apr 2015 03:32:00 -0400 
    Over the past 25 years, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson watched China turn into the world's second largest economy. He explains what could halt the country's massive growth.
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