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"Every artist wants his work to be permanent. But what is? The Aswan Dam covered some of the greatest art in the world. Venice is sinking. Great books and pictures were lost in the Florence floods. In the meantime we still enjoy butterflies."

—Romare Beardon

 

NPR On Books

'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:33:00 -0500
This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination. 
NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of December 18, 2014  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:03:19 -0500
In Brain On Fire, Susannah Cahalan shares her experience of being hospitalized for one horrific month because of a rare disease. It appears at No. 12. 
NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of December 18, 2014  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:03:19 -0500
Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend follows friends Elena and Lila as they grow up in mid-century Naples, Italy. It appears at No. 13. 
NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of December 18, 2014  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:03:19 -0500
Walter Isaacson tells the stories of the people who helped create modern computers in The Innovators. It appears at No. 13. 
NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of December 18, 2014  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:03:19 -0500
Anita Diamant's The Boston Girl tells the story of a Jewish girl born in 1900 to immigrant parents in Boston. It debuts at No. 9. 
NPR Bestsellers: Week Of December 18, 2014  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:03:19 -0500
The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide. 
Book News: Macmillan Inks Deal With Amazon, But Doesn't Sound Happy About It  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:07:00 -0500
The publisher makes peace with Amazon — and takes the opportunity to vent some frustration. Also: Paulo Coelho offers to buy The Interview off Sony. 
Playlist: Writers On Writing  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:38:09 -0500
In this playlist, TED speakers explore the nature of creativity, the source of a good story, and the impact of the written word. 
3 Business Best-Sellers Show Inequality Is Now The Hot Topic  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:03:00 -0500
Many business books try to help you get rich quick. But three of 2014's biggest sellers focused on unfairness and inequality. Economists say expect more: Books on inequality are riding a huge wave. 
5 Under-The-Radar Reads From Librarian Nancy Pearl  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0500
Pearl shares the books she loved this year that you might not have heard of. Her list includes a Hollywood satire, two thrillers, a young adult novel and a nonfiction book about World War I. 
Book News: The Future Of The Public Library May Lie In The Coffee Shop  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:42:00 -0500
A long-awaited review of public libraries in the U.K. calls for them to expand digital services and offer a "retail-standard environment" akin to coffee shops. 
Author Of 'Clifford' Children's Books Dies At 86  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:11:57 -0500
The creator of Clifford The Big, Red Dog died last Friday . Norman Bridwell wrote about 150 Clifford books that were translated into 13 languages and sold nearly 130 million copies. 
Between World Wars, Gay Culture Flourished In Berlin  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:12:00 -0500
In Gay Berlin, Robert Beachy describes the rise of a gay subculture in the 1920s and '30s, how it contributed to our understanding of gay identity and how it was eradicated by the Nazis. 
Book News: Sci-Fi Writer Signs On As 'Chief Futurist' For Secretive Startup  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:53:00 -0500
Neal Stephenson, author of Snow Crash, said he'll be assuming the role at the augmented reality company Magic Leap, which recently landed $542 million in investments from Google and other tech giants. 
25 Years Ago, 'Darkness Visible' Broke Ground Detailing Depression  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:04:00 -0500
Renee Montagne talks to writer Andrew Solomon, who has chronicled his own battle with depression, about how William Styron's work opened up discussions of mental illness.