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"It does not matter how many books you have, but how good the books are which you have."

—Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4BC?-AD 65) [The Younger] Roman Stoic philosopher, writer, tutor

 

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Novelist Nuruddin Farah: Facing A Blank Page Is 'Bravest Thing' A Writer Does 
  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:50:45 -0400 
    Farah's latest is called Hiding in Plain Sight. It's the story of Bella, a Somali photographer living in Rome who gets drawn into the lives of her niece and nephew after her half-brother is killed.


The Life Of De Niro, From 'Mean Streets' To 'Meet The Parents' 
  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:47:00 -0400 
    Shawn Levy's brick-sized new biography of screen legend Robert De Niro was produced without cooperation from the actor — but Levy says that just forced him to do better research.


'Heap House' Is A Treasure Of A Trash Tale 
  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:39:37 -0400 
    Edward Carey's illustrated young adult novel about the keepers of mystical trash heaps (yes, you read that right) in an alternate Victorian London combines thrills with intelligence and compassion.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of October 23, 2014 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:03:19 -0400 
    Novelist Ann Patchet presents a collection of personal essays in This Is The Story Of A Happy Marriage, appearing at No. 3.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of October 23, 2014 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:03:19 -0400 
    New Zealand's 19th century gold rush serves as the backdrop to a series of unexplained events in Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries. It appears at No. 4.


NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of October 23, 2014 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:03:19 -0400 
    Debuting at No. 9, As You Wish delivers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Princess Bride by the film's star Cary Elwes.


NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of October 23, 2014 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:03:19 -0400 
    A teenager teams up with a psychic and a detective to learn more about her estranged mother in Jodi Picoult's Leaving Time. It debuts at No. 2.


NPR Bestsellers: Week Of October 23, 2014 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:03:19 -0400 
    The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.


For The Midterm Elections, A Book On 'What It Takes' To Win 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:00:19 -0400 
    The midterm elections are less than two weeks away. Writer Michael Schaub recommends a book that explores what it's like to run for office and live through all the dramatic ups and downs.


40 Years Later, Diane Von Furstenberg's Wrap Dress Still Wears Well 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:33:00 -0400 
    In her memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be, Diane von Furstenberg says she owes her success to her mother, a strong, strict Holocaust survivor who called Diane her "torch of freedom."


Patchett: In Bad Relationships, 'There Comes A Day When You Gotta Go' 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:10:57 -0400 
    Ann Patchett got married and divorced young. To her second husband, she said: "I'll be true, I'll be faithful ... but I don't want to live together." Her book is This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage.


Book News: Lily King, Roz Chast And Kate Samworth Win Inaugural Kirkus Prize 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:02:24 -0400 
    Earning honors for fiction, nonfiction and young children's literature, respectively, the writers are the first to win the award. Also: The Bronx's bookstore returns, while the U.K. shows off doodles.


Pursuing The Mafia Into All 'Four Corners' Of Palermo 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:03:14 -0400 
    Reporter Giuseppe di Piazza's debut novel, The Four Corners of Palermo, follows an unnamed young reporter during the brutal early days of the mafia's conflict with the Italian government in the 1980s.


'Rebellion' Charts A Tumultuous, Formative Century 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    Historian Peter Ackroyd's new book surveys the history of England from the end of the Tudor era to the Glorious Revolution of 1688 — almost a century of war, debate and transformation.


You'll Want To Accept The Dinner Invitation To 'The Immortal Evening' 
  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:06:24 -0400 
    On a cold evening in London in 1817, painter Benjamin Haydon hosted a dinner with the likes of Keats and Wordsworth. Critic Stanley Plumly recreates the crackling conversation about art and science.
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