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"Generally speaking, men are influenced by books which clarify their own thought, which express their own notions well, or which suggest to them ideas which their minds are already predisposed to accept."

—Carl Lotus Becker (1873-1945) American historian

 

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Reflecting On Football And Addiction As 'Friday Night Lights' Turns 25 
  Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:37:00 -0400 
    A quarter-century ago, Buzz Bissinger wrote about the big-time stakes of small-town high school football in Friday Night Lights. Now he talks about the impact the book had on the players and himself.


'Spies' Is A Cinematic Account Of Americans In War-Torn Paris 
  Mon, 03 Aug 2015 07:03:00 -0400 
    Historian Alex Kershaw's latest book focuses on an American doctor and his family who worked with the French Resistance from their apartment just down Avenue Foch from the Paris SS headquarters.


'Kids Love To Be Scared': Louis Sachar On Balancing Fun And Fear 
  Sun, 02 Aug 2015 17:57:00 -0400 
    The award-winning author of Holes has just published a new novel for young readers, called Fuzzy Mud. It mixes middle-school social puzzles with a more sinister mystery: a rogue biotech threat.


This 'Woman With A Secret' Plays Deadly Mind Games 
  Sun, 02 Aug 2015 07:03:00 -0400 
    Sophie Hannah's new psychological crime thriller is about the cruel machinations of outwardly nice married folks with too much time on their hands.


Luther Campbell Of 2 Live Crew On Fame, Obscenity And Community 
  Sun, 02 Aug 2015 05:42:00 -0400 
    Before joining the notoriously shocking rap crew, Campbell was a party-rocking DJ in Miami. Even then, he knew that being aggressively different could lead to success.


Aviator Beryl Markham Soars Again In 'Paris Wife' Author's New Book 
  Sat, 01 Aug 2015 19:21:00 -0400 
    "It is my fate to illuminate the lives of these one-of-a-kind notable women that have been somehow forgotten by history," says Paula McLain. She shines her spotlight on Markham in Circling the Sun.


A Look Back On 'Middle Passage': The Evolution Of A Literary Classic 
  Sat, 01 Aug 2015 17:10:00 -0400 
    Twenty-five years after Charles Johnson's Middle Passage — which dwells with race, class and gender in 19th-century America — won the National Book Award, he reflects on his book's evolving meaning.


A Study Of Gods And Human Nature In 'Tiberius' 
  Sat, 01 Aug 2015 07:42:49 -0400 
    Under Tiberius is a new novel about deceit and crime. The main character is the man who came to be known as Jesus Christ. NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Nick Tosches.


'Three Moments' Is A Symphony Of Short Story Strangeness 
  Sat, 01 Aug 2015 07:03:26 -0400 
    Acclaimed sci-fi author China Miéville hasn't been known for his short fiction, but reviewer Jason Heller says his new collection — subversive, strange and full of sick humor — will change that.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of July 30, 2015 
  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:03:32 -0400 
    Emma Farrarons' The Mindfulness Coloring Book, a pocket-sized, anti-stress booklet for grown-ups, appears at No. 12.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of July 30, 2015 
  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:03:32 -0400 
    In The Rosie Effect, a sequel to 2013's The Rosie Project, Don Tillman prepares for fatherhood. It appears at No. 15.


NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of July 30, 2015 
  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:03:32 -0400 
    Debuting at No. 15, Arthur Brooks' The Conservative Heart presents a new vision for conservatism.


NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of July 30, 2015 
  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:03:32 -0400 
    At No. 7, Ernest Cline's Armada tells the story of gamers protecting the earth from an alien invasion.


NPR Bestsellers: Week Of July 30, 2015 
  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:03:32 -0400 
    The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.


Remembering Alan Cheuse, Our Longtime Literary Guide 
  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:28:00 -0400 
    For some 30 years, Alan Cheuse was our guide to the best and worst of the written word. He passed away today at 75, after a car accident two weeks ago. NPR's Susan Stamberg has an appreciation.
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