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NPR's go-to books guru shares some "under the radar" reads. Several of her recommendations — including fiction, fantasy and nonfiction — will make you reconsider your definition of a map.
When Saroo Brierley was 4, he hopped on the wrong train in rural India, losing his way and his family. But as he recounts in A Long Way Home, Google Earth helped him return decades later.
For our latest installment of the occasional feature Weekend Reads novelist Alexander Chee tells NPR's Rachel Martin about Maggie Shipstead's novel Astonish Me.
Author Ru Freeman first turned to Alessandro Baricco's tale of a French silkworm merchant and his impossible love because it made her homesickness palpable. On second reading, it cured it.
At Midsummer, some believe the veils between the worlds part and magic's hold on us grows stronger. For the solstice, reviewer Bobbi Dumas recommends five books with her favorite mix: love and magic.
Former BBC China correspondent Adam Brookes' new novel follows the ironically named Peanut, a former political prisoner who finds himself adrift — and then in trouble — in post-Tiananmen China.
Narrating one of the most central times in American history, Revolutionary Summer tells the political and military history of the summer of 1776. It appears at No. 14.
In Carl Hiaasen's Bad Monkey, a Miami health inspector investigates a murder involving a dismembered arm reeled in off the Florida Keys. It appears at No. 6.
In Hard Choices, Former New York Sen. Hillary Clinton reflects on her four years as secretary of state. It debuts at No. 1
A popular Nantucket matchmaker is reunited with her long lost love in Elin Hilderbrand's The Matchmaker. It debuts at No. 9.
The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.
David Gilbert tells the story of a famous, aging writer whose children do not feel as warmly toward him as his readers do. Originally broadcast July 23, 2013.