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ArtsBeat: Neruda Poems Found

NY Times Book Review - June 23, 2014 - 4:58am
Twenty previously unknown poems by Neruda, a Nobel laureate, were discovered by researchers cataloging his manuscripts at the Pablo Neruda Foundation in Santiago, Chile.






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Book News: Prominent Middle East Scholar Fouad Ajami Dies

NPR Books - June 23, 2014 - 3:22am

Also: Spanish police break up a suspected book-counterfeiting ring; notable books of the week.

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Librarian Nancy Pearl Maps Out A Plan For Your Summer Reading

NPR Books - June 22, 2014 - 11:26pm

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.

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With Memories And Online Maps, A Man Finds His 'Way Home'

NPR Books - June 22, 2014 - 12:33pm

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.

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'Astonish Me' Asks, Is It Enough To Only Be Good?

NPR Books - June 22, 2014 - 4:00am

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.

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'Silk' Luxuriates In The Bittersweet Pain Of Love And Longing

NPR Books - June 22, 2014 - 12:58am

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.

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Magically Romantic Reads For A Short Solstice Night

NPR Books - June 21, 2014 - 1:29am

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.

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A Former Prisoner Out Of Step With Modern China In 'Night Heron'

NPR Books - June 21, 2014 - 1:27am

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.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of June 19, 2014

NPR Books - June 20, 2014 - 12:03pm

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.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of June 19, 2014

NPR Books - June 20, 2014 - 12:03pm

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.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of June 19, 2014

NPR Books - June 20, 2014 - 12:03pm

In Hard Choices, Former New York Sen. Hillary Clinton reflects on her four years as secretary of state. It debuts at No. 1

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of June 19, 2014

NPR Books - June 20, 2014 - 12:03pm

A popular Nantucket matchmaker is reunited with her long lost love in Elin Hilderbrand's The Matchmaker. It debuts at No. 9.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of June 19, 2014

NPR Books - June 20, 2014 - 12:03pm

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

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A Reclusive Novelist Reckons With His Legacy '& Sons'

NPR Books - June 20, 2014 - 11:00am

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.

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Calculated Risks: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s ‘Hard Choices’

NY Times Book Review - June 20, 2014 - 9:40am
In “Hard Choices,” Hillary Clinton takes the reader along on her journey representing the United States as President Obama’s top diplomat.






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