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"The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books."

—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-82) American writer, best-known 19th century poet in US, The Song of Hiawatha

 

NPR On Books

Out Of Ukraine, This 'Suitcase' Packs An Immigrant's Story With Humor  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:09:00 -0400
Ari Shapiro talks with first-time novelist Yelena Akhtiorskaya about her book, Panic in a Suitcase
In 'Blue Eyed Boy,' Author Reveals Long Recovery From Facial Burns  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:01:00 -0400
Robert Timberg, who was disfigured by a land mine as a Marine in Vietnam, went on to become a successful journalist. His new memoir Blue Eyed Boy charts his struggle to recover from his wounds. 
'Ride Around Shining' Reimagines Gatsby's Nouveau-Riche Excess  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:01:00 -0400
Chris Leslie-Hynan's debut novel follows a white grad student who's a chauffeur to a black basketball player. It references The Great Gatsby often with fresh takes on race, manhood and meritocracy. 
Do You Dare To Venture Through These Tangled 'Woods'?  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:10:00 -0400
Graphic novelist Emily Carroll's gorgeous new collection of horror stories entwines words and pictures to deliver delicious, twisted-fairy-tale chills. Strange things come and go in these woods. 
Book News: Louise Shivers, Author Of 'Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail,' Dies  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:35:00 -0400
Also: Linda Gregerson has a new poem in The New Yorker; allegations of sexual harassment at the country's biggest comic book convention. 
Crime Writer Creates A Hero For Her Beloved, Much-Maligned South LA  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:55:12 -0400
In her new book, Rachel Howzell Hall introduces Elouise "Lou" Norton, a fiercely ambitious homicide detective who patrols the same Los Angeles streets that she — and Hall — grew up on. 
In 'Ghost Month,' A Murder-Mystery Tour Of Taipei  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:55:00 -0400
In Taiwan, August is the month ghosts return from the afterlife. Linda Wertheimer talks to author Ed Lin about his mystery Ghost Month, set largely in the night markets and food stalls of Taipei. 
Book Review: 'A Replacement Life'  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:09:53 -0400
Alan Cheuse reviews A Replacement Life, Boris Fishman's humorous account of Holocaust survivors in today's New York. 
Tales Of Migration Explore Modern-Day Odysseys And 'Hyphenated Identities'  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:09:00 -0400
The transition from one part of the world to another is filled with anticipation, conflict and drama. These trips can herald life-changing transformations for families seeking out better lives. 
Book News: The Clash Of The Comic(-)Cons  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:21:00 -0400
Also: an excerpt of Haruki Murakami's new book; notable books coming out this week. 
'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:11:00 -0400
In the Land of Love and Drowning, the islands are a magical setting for three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands. 
What Made Double Agent Kim Philby A Great Spy? His Friends.  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:11:25 -0400
Philby was one of the 20th century's most legendary spies. NPR's Arun Rath talks with author Ben Macintyre about his new book, A Spy Among Friends, and the boozy secret to Philby's success. 
Lessons From Behind The Counter At A Comic Book Store  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:03:13 -0400
NPR's Lidia Jean Kott talked to Jason Aaron, the writer of the new female Thor. When she first talked to him she knew nothing about superhero comics, but after some research she became a fan. 
A Foodie Detective Solves Crime In A Delectable Italian Mystery  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:03:13 -0400
Andrea Camilleri's Angelica's Smile is the 17th book in the Inspector Montalbano mystery series. It's not as tightly plotted as the others, but Camilleri's trademark charm is still in place. 
Lessons In 'Essentialism': Getting More Out Of Life By Doing Less  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:09:50 -0400
Greg McKeown doesn't believe in "doing it all." In his new book he argues that we should pursue only those things that are truly important — and eliminate everything else.