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As Summer Winds Down, Wistful Dreams Of A 'Lost Estate' 
  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:17:00 -0400 
    The scent of fresh pencils is in the air, and homework assignments are around the corner. In honor of back-to-school season, author Alexander Aciman recommends The Lost Estate by Henri Alain-Fournier.

Novel Explores A Time When A Woman Might Not Live To Meet Her Child 
  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:06:00 -0400 
    Katy Simpson Smith's novel, set during the American Revolution, was inspired by her research on mothers in the South. "Death was sort of the specter that haunted every aspect of life," she says.

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of August 21, 2014 
  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:03:18 -0400 
    Amanda Ripley looks at the world's new education superpowers in The Smartest Kids In The World, which appears at No. 9.

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of August 21, 2014 
  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:03:18 -0400 
    At No. 13, James McBride's The Good Lord Bird tells the story of a young slave who is liberated by John Brown just before his raid on Harpers Ferry.

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of August 21, 2014 
  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:03:18 -0400 
    Hampton Sides' In The Kingdom Of Ice recounts an ill-fated 19th-century naval expedition to the North Pole. It appears at No. 1.

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of August 21, 2014 
  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:03:18 -0400 
    Debuting at No. 1, Haruki Mirakami's Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage follows a 30-something man looking for closure.

NPR Bestsellers: Week Of August 21, 2014 
  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:03:18 -0400 
    The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

Book News: David Gregory To Write Book About Judaism 
  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:25:00 -0400 
    Also: How to tell you're in a Balzac novel; Ernest Hemingway's letters.

Songs Of Innocence And Bitter Experience In 'Dreamless Dead' 
  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    Comics critic Etelka Lehoczky says the wildly discordant art styles in a new graphic novel compilation of World War I poetry work to illuminate the emotional chaos of soldiers on the Western Front.

Author And His Daughter Cook Around The World And You Can Too 
  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:56:00 -0400 
    Kelly McEvers talks to food writer Mark Kurlansky and his daughter Talia about their cookbook International Night, based on their tradition of cooking a meal every week from a different country.

Poet Finds Summer Is A Time To Reconnect With Nature 
  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:56:00 -0400 
    In this poem, "Kingfisher," Chris McCabe recalls a bird watching trip, and an attempt to see a rare bird — the vivid blue kingfisher — that he long dreamed of seeing.

How To Sell Diverse Books: A Bookstore Owner's Advice 
  Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:03:00 -0400 
    It's not news that the publishing world isn't very diverse. But over on the other side of the industry, how do owners of neighborhood bookstores try to sell books for or about people of color?

Nostalgic For Noir? Feiffer's 'Kill My Mother' Is A Toxic Treat 
  Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:01:00 -0400 
    In his first graphic novel, Jules Feiffer, 85, has returned to the seedy comic strips, hard boiled novels and B movies of his youth. Maureen Corrigan says it's "a mulligan stew of murder and desire."

Book News: German Minister Shows Support For Authors' Amazon Protest 
  Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:47:00 -0400 
    Also: Italian novelist Elena Ferrante gives a rare interview; the history of Arabic noir.

'F' Is For Fraudster In A Family Novel For Our Modern Times 
  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:31:00 -0400 
    Daniel Kehlmann's F, about three brothers abandoned by their father, examines the detail of lives lived without integrity. It is brilliantly translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.
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