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In Karen Russell's World Sleep Is For The Lucky Few

NPR Books - March 26, 2014 - 1:37pm

Karen Russell has set her latest story in a terrible future where insomnia has become a national crisis. Sleep Donation is a digital download from a new publisher called Atavist Books.

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It Was The Best Of Sentences ...

NPR Books - March 26, 2014 - 1:35pm

Editors at The American Scholar magazine picked the 10 best sentences from fiction and nonfiction, with authors ranging from Toni Morrison to James Joyce.

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Walter Mosley: To End Race, We Have To Recognize 'White' Doesn't Exist

NPR Books - March 26, 2014 - 7:45am

Walter Mosley's writing inspired Hollywood filmmakers and a generation of black writers. He's now being honored at the National Black Writers' Conference. He talks about the award and his new book.

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'Sleep Donation': A Dark, Futuristic Lullaby For Insomniacs

NPR Books - March 26, 2014 - 7:00am

Karen Russell's new book imagines a mysterious insomnia epidemic so serious that many are dying from lack of sleep. But the cure — sleep donations from babies — is hard to swallow.

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'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs

NPR Books - March 26, 2014 - 7:00am

In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it, lucidly tracing the moral, political and psychological curlicues of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Book News: Tennessee Williams Tale Of Disappointed Love To Be Published

NPR Books - March 26, 2014 - 4:01am

Also: Canada's Alice Munro gets a silver coin; a quiz based on Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded.

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'Sous Chef' Reveals The High-Adrenaline Dance Behind Your Dinner

NPR Books - March 25, 2014 - 12:00pm

In his new memoir, sous chef Michael Gibney spends 24 hours on the line, capturing the rhythm of a New York restaurant kitchen — from quiet morning prep work to dinner hour in full swing.

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Bookends: ‘Write What You Know’ — Helpful Advice or Idle Cliché?

NY Times Book Review - March 25, 2014 - 7:00am
Zoë Heller and Mohsin Hamid discuss whether writers should stick to what they know.
    





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'Thief' Delivers An Unfiltered Depiction Of Life In Lagos

NPR Books - March 25, 2014 - 7:00am

Teju Cole's latest book describes a young New York doctor's visit back to his Nigerian hometown, where he encounters a Clockwork Orange world of misery and corruption.

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Book News: Authors Rip U.K. Ban On Sending Books To Prisoners

NPR Books - March 25, 2014 - 3:20am

Louise Erdrich has a new short story; The New York Public Library has launched a book recommending tool that uses an algorithm to suggest titles.

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A Lyrical Meditation On Grief In 'Falling Out Of Time'

NPR Books - March 25, 2014 - 3:00am

David Grossman's new book, half poem and half novel, is a dramatic, allegorical study of archetypal characters wandering in the wake of grief. Reviewer Alan Cheuse compares the story to Our Town.

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For Writer, 'The Hard Way' Meant Choosing To Stay In Akron, Ohio

NPR Books - March 24, 2014 - 11:19pm

David Giffels spent his whole life watching people — friends, colleagues, LeBron James — leave his hometown. In a new book, he reflects on the effects of those departures.

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A Homecoming, Minus The Nostalgia, In Cole's Unsparing 'Thief'

NPR Books - March 24, 2014 - 12:00pm

Teju Cole writes of a young man's return to Nigeria in Every Day Is for the Thief. He says his narrator is "somebody who's been away a long time and doesn't want to pretty up the picture at all."

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Book Club Meeting: Come Talk About 'Grapes Of Wrath,' Chapters 11-20

NPR Books - March 24, 2014 - 10:31am

The I-Will-If-You-Will Book Club is reading John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl classic. (Some of us for the very first time!) Join us in the comments to discuss what we've read so far.

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New Yorker Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us Get It

NPR Books - March 24, 2014 - 9:01am

Humor is both a creative and a cognitive process, says Bob Mankoff, who has contributed cartoons to The New Yorker since 1977. His memoir is called How About Never — Is Never Good For You?

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction

NPR Books - March 24, 2014 - 6:15am

The Girls of Atomic City, at No. 9, is Denise Kiernan's account of the women of the Manhattan Project.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction

NPR Books - March 24, 2014 - 6:15am

In Z, which appears at No. 13, Therese Anne Fowler imagines what Zelda Fitzgerald's life was like.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction

NPR Books - March 24, 2014 - 6:15am

Debuting at No. 4, Blood Will Out chronicles Walter Kirn's friendship with a murderous imposter.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of March 20, 2014

NPR Books - March 24, 2014 - 6:15am

The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction

NPR Books - March 24, 2014 - 6:15am

A literary agent receives a dangerous manuscript in Chris Pavone's The Accident. It debuts at No. 9.

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