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"It seems to me the book has not just aesthetic values-- the charming little clothy box of the thing, the smell of the glue, even the print, which has its own beauty. But there's something about the sensation of ink on paper that is in some sense a thing, a phenomenon rather than an epiphenomenon. I can't break the association of electric trash with the computer screen. Words on the screen give the sense of being just another passing electronic wriggle."

—John Hoyer Updike (b. 1932) American writer, Rabbit, Run, Rabbit at Rest

 

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of May 21, 2015 
  Fri, 22 May 2015 16:03:21 -0400 
    Things That Matter, a collection of essays from conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, appears at No. 9.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of May 21, 2015 
  Fri, 22 May 2015 16:03:21 -0400 
    Ruth Reichl tells a story of food, love and redemption in Delicious!, which appears at No. 15.


NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of May 21, 2015 
  Fri, 22 May 2015 16:03:21 -0400 
    Photographer Sally Mann tells her family's history through images and words in Hold Still. It debuts at No. 8.


NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of May 21, 2015 
  Fri, 22 May 2015 16:03:21 -0400 
    In Anne Enright's The Green Road, Rosaleen Madigan's four grown children find themselves reunited under their mother's roof after she announces she's selling their childhood home. It debuts at No. 14.


NPR Bestsellers: Week Of May 21, 2015 
  Fri, 22 May 2015 16:03:21 -0400 
    The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.


How 'Gatsby' Went From A Moldering Flop To A Great American Novel 
  Fri, 22 May 2015 15:36:00 -0400 
    In So We Read On, Maureen Corrigan looks at the story behind The Great Gatsby, from F. Scott Fitzgerald's life to the era in which it's set. Originally broadcast Sept. 8, 2014.


Beyond The Best-Sellers: Nancy Pearl Recommends Under-The-Radar Reads 
  Fri, 22 May 2015 03:57:00 -0400 
    NPR's go-to books guru has sent Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep a stack of books — titles she thinks deserve more attention. Here are her fiction picks, to kick off your summer reading.


The World Of 'Gracekeepers' Is Immersed In Water — And Secrets 
  Thu, 21 May 2015 07:18:15 -0400 
    Kirsty Logan's debut novel follows a traveling circus floating through a drowned world where "damplings" aspire to live on the rare patches of land, and hints of magic provide a fairytale feel.


'Seveneves' Blows Up The Moon — And That's Just The Beginning 
  Wed, 20 May 2015 07:03:00 -0400 
    Neal Stephenson's new epic starts big and gets bigger. Critic Jason Sheehan says that while the book can bog down in details, if the world really were ending, you'd want Stephenson by your side.


The Science Of 'Collected Fiction' Is Pure Magic 
  Wed, 20 May 2015 07:03:00 -0400 
    Finnish sci-fi author Hannu Rajaniemi's new collection spans everything from haunted spacesuits to the HMV logo. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says her only criticism is that not every story is perfect.


In 'Out Of Line,' The Many, Many Acts Of Jules Feiffer 
  Tue, 19 May 2015 17:52:00 -0400 
    At 86, Jules Feiffer has drawn comic strips, written books and plays, and is now experimenting with graphic novels. A new compilation, Out of Line, takes an extensive look at his many careers.


Fun, Fast-Moving 'Nimona' Is A Perpetual Surprise 
  Tue, 19 May 2015 10:03:00 -0400 
    Noelle Stevenson's webcomic Nimona, about a shapeshifter who aspires to be an evil sidekick, is now out in book form. Reviewer Tasha Robinson praises the story's ebullience, complexity and intensity.


'Sophie Stark' Finds It Hard To Learn How To Be Human 
  Tue, 19 May 2015 07:03:00 -0400 
    Anna North's new novel is narrated by friends and family after the death of troubled filmmaker Sophie. Critic Michael Schaub calls it "a bold and graceful novel, executed with incredible artistry."


How Heroin Made Its Way From Rural Mexico To Small-Town America 
  Tue, 19 May 2015 03:23:00 -0400 
    With pizza delivery as a model, Mexican cartels revolutionized the heroin trade, making it easily available in smaller U.S. communities. Journalist Sam Quinones has the story in his new book.


Cherokee Chief John Ross Is The Unsung Hero Of 'Jacksonland' 
  Tue, 19 May 2015 03:22:00 -0400 
    Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep's new book examines a dark chapter in American history: the Cherokee Trail of Tears and the chief who used the tools of democracy to try to protect his people.
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