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'Traveling Pants' Author Tries Traveling In Time  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:05:09 -0400
NPR's Petra Mayer profiles YA author Ann Brashares, whose new book The Here and Now follows a young girl and her community who've escaped a terrible future via time travel and landed in our present. 
Exploring The Secret History Of The Cubicle  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:05:00 -0400
The new book, Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace, is a look at how the white-collar world came to be the way it is, and what it might become. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with author Nikil Saval. 
BBC Icon Finds Children's Adventure In An Element Hunter  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:05:00 -0400
Simon Mayo, a veteran broadcaster for the BBC, has written a series of children's books about a boy obsessed with the periodic table. He talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about the latest, Itch Rocks. 
All Grown Up? Three Books About The Mystery Of Coming Of Age  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 05:11:32 -0400
Author Craig Nova recommends three books that take a fresh approach to the age-old bildungsroman. The experience of growing up is both universal and unique — and, in these books, timeless. 
Writing The Wicked Ways Of The 'Worst. Person. Ever.'  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:07:00 -0400
Raymond Gunt is profane, rude, heartless and truly the Worst. Person. Ever. Author Douglas Coupland says he's not exactly sure how the character, with no redeeming qualities, came into his mind. 
How A Music Writer Learned Trust Is The Ultimate Backstage Pass  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:12:55 -0400
Lisa Robinson knows how to talk — and how to make others, especially musicians, want to talk. The veteran rock journalist speaks with NPR's Wade Goodwyn about her four decades behind the scenes. 
For Chris O'Dowd, 'Of Mice And Men' Is More Than An American Story  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 05:20:09 -0400
"All of us have chased the American dream so there's something very universal about it," the Irish actor says. O'Dowd and James Franco star in a new Broadway production of Steinbeck's novella. 
A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review'  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:27:00 -0400
Gabriel Garcia Marquez died Thursday. It would be hard to overstate the importance of his novels, but author Gustavo Arellano recommends getting to know him in a different medium. 
NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of April 17, 2014  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:03:20 -0400
Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers looks at everyday life in a Mumbai slum. It appears at No. 1. 
NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of April 17, 2014  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:03:20 -0400
At No. 5, Elizabeth Strout's The Burgess Boys follows a family fractured by tragedy. 
NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of April 17, 2014  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:03:20 -0400
How Jesus Became God looks at how a Jewish preacher from Galilee was transformed into a deity. It debuts at No. 12. 
NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of April 17, 2014  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:03:20 -0400
The late Peter Matthiessen's last novel, , debuts at No. 4. 
NPR Bestsellers: Week Of April 17, 2014  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:03:20 -0400
The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide. 
Book News: The Celebrity Of Gabriel Garcia Marquez  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:39:00 -0400
Also: Exiled Romanian poet Nina Cassian has died; the real title of Hillary Clinton's forthcoming memoir; Gary Shteyngart retires from book blurbing. 
'During The Reign,' A Dissolving Family Retells Its History  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:03:00 -0400
Joan Chase's 1983 debut During the Reign of the Queen of Persia is a careful, layered account of a troubled family in rural 1950s Ohio, narrated by a quasi-Greek chorus of daughters and cousins.