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"[A] book ... unlike a television program, moving picture or any other 'modern means of communication' ... can wait for years, yet be available at any moment when it happens to be needed."

—Joseph Wood Krutch (1893-1970) American critic, natrualist, writer, The Modern Temper

 

NPR On Books

Searching For Buried Treasure In China, A Writer Discovers Himself  Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:30:00 -0400
During the Sino-Japanese War, Huan Hsu's great-great-grandfather buried his vast porcelain collection to keep it safe. Hsu went to find it 70 years later, on a trip about more than missing china. 
Understanding The Dark Side Of Enlightenment On 'Diamond Mountain'  Sun, 29 Mar 2015 06:50:00 -0400
Author Scott Carney's new A Death on Diamond Mountain unravels the complicated paths that led an American Buddhist seeker not to nirvana, but to his death in a cave in the Arizona desert. 
'The Precious One' Has Love At Its Heart  Sun, 29 Mar 2015 05:31:03 -0400
Marisa de los Santos' newest novel follows a young woman returning to her home town to confront her shattered family. Reviewer Bobbi Dumas says it'll remind you that love can change the world. 
'Night At The Fiestas' Spins Stories Of Faith And Family  Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:22:00 -0400
Kirstin Valdez Quade's debut book of short fiction is inspired by her family and its long history in the "romanticized" region of northern New Mexico. 
Pour A Bucket Of Blood On These New Adaptations Of 'Carrie'  Sat, 28 Mar 2015 06:03:50 -0400
Stephen King has said his novel Carrie is about women's power and men's fear — an idea reporter Beth Accomando says has gotten lost in newer adaptations of the horror classic for stage and screen. 
At Last, A Fitting Farewell For Richard III  Sat, 28 Mar 2015 05:56:00 -0400
Richard III has been buried, two years after his abandoned bones were found under an abandoned parking lot. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the man Shakespeare turned into one of his great characters. 
NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of March 26, 2015  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:03:21 -0400
Arianna Huffington offers tips for creating a healthy work-life balance in Thrive. It appears at No. 14. 
NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of March 26, 2015  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:03:21 -0400
At No. 11, Michael Connelly's The Burning Room follows Harry Bosch as he investigates a man's death from an injury sustained nine years earlier. 
NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of March 26, 2015  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:03:21 -0400
Gretchen Rubin examines daily habits and how to change them in Better Than Before, which debuts at No. 6. 
NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of March 26, 2015  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:03:21 -0400
In Jacqueline Winspear's A Dangerous Place, lone traveler Masie Dobbs is pulled in a brutal murder investigation after suffering her own loss. It debuts at No. 5. 
NPR Bestsellers: Week Of March 26, 2015  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:03:21 -0400
The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide. 
App That Aims To Make Books 'Squeaky Clean' Draws Ire From Edited Writers  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:31:00 -0400
Clean Reader — an app designed to find, block and replace profanity in books — has drawn considerable criticism from authors. This week, makers of the app announced they would no longer sell e-books. 
'Lost Boys Symphony' Blurs The Lines Between Reality And Madness  Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:03:14 -0400
Mark Andrew Ferguson's debut novel has time travel, but it isn't science fiction. It has teenagers, but it's not YA. Instead, it's a tale of intense friendship, first love, and serious mental illness. 
Do You Believe In Ghosts? You Might After Reading This Book  Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:26:00 -0400
Sante Fe's most famous ghost is Hannah Nordhaus' great-great-grandmother. Her new book, American Ghost, is mix of memoir, cultural history, genealogical detective story and paranormal investigation. 
A Shimmy Into English Shakes The Dirt Off This Irish Classic  Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:13:00 -0400
In Máirtín Ó Cadhain's The Dirty Dust, the dead don't just talk. They won't shut up. Yet this inventive novel, first written in Irish, has long been sealed from English-speaking readers — until now.