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"Learning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading man, and studying all the various editions of them."

—Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773) [4th Earl of Chesterfield] English politician, writer


NPR On Books

Book News: Despite The Tumult, Ferguson Library Keeps Its Doors Open  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:13:00 -0500
Even as public schools in the area closed amid protests, the Ferguson Public Library stayed open for local students and readers. Onlookers have responded with an outpouring of donations. 
North-Of-The-Border Horror In 'Go Down Together'  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:03:00 -0500
Cold, dark winter nights are the perfect time to dip into Gemma Files' chilling new story collection, We Will All Go Down Together. Critic Jason Heller praises Files' "ghostly, magical storytelling." 
Box Of Love Letters Reveals Grandfather Didn't Escape WWII With 'Everyone'  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:08:00 -0500
Years after her grandfather's death, Sarah Wildman discovered letters from a young woman he'd left behind in Vienna in the 1930s. So Wildman set out to find her grandfather's true love. 
Lighten Your Thanksgiving Trek With These Audiobooks, Comedy Albums  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:28:15 -0500
An estimated 46 million Americans will take to the road this Thanksgiving. We survey some of the best recorded comedy and audiobooks so you can laugh away the tension if you're stuck in traffic. 
In 'Redeployment,' Former Marine Explores The Challenges Of Coming Home  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:39:00 -0500
Phil Klay served in Iraq from January 2007 to February 2008. He recently won a National Book Award for his collection of short stories. 
Book News: Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Collection Gets A Texas Welcome  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:09:00 -0500
The University of Texas, Austin nabbed the rights to preserve and present the late Nobel winner's collected writings. Also: HBO takes on Scientology, and Aretha Franklin decries her new biography. 
Long-Lost Letter That Inspired 'On The Road' Style Has Been Found  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:46:00 -0500
Known as the "Joan Anderson Letter," the 18-page, single-spaced, stream of consciousness note from Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac was found amid the dusty papers of a now-closed publishing house. 
Book Review: 'Lunch Poems' Reissue  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:37:29 -0500
In honor of the 50th anniversary of "Lunch Poems" by Frank O'Hara, City Lights Books has reissued an expanded version of the collection. 
Decades Later, Laurie Colwin's Books 'Will Not Let You Down'  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:49:00 -0500
A digital publisher has released a bounty of Colwin's books: four novels, three short-story collections and a collection of cooking essays. Colwin, who died in 1992 at age 48, had an "elusive magic." 
The Rise And Fall Of Comedian Bob Hope  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:43:00 -0500
Hope was a comedy trailblazer, but in his twilight years he alienated young audiences with his political views. "He had, unfortunately, stuck around too long," says Hope biographer Richard Zoglin. 
Book News: Note That Helped Put Kerouac 'On The Road' Is Now On The Block  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:56:00 -0500
Once thought lost to a watery grave, Neal Cassady's letter to Jack Kerouac, which inspired On the Road, has resurfaced and will be sold Dec. 17. Also: Daniel Handler delivers on his $110,000 apology. 
Al Michaels On Great Sports Moments That He's Witnessed  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:16:00 -0500
Al Michaels' book covers Super Bowls, Olympics, World Series and working with legends. David Greene meets the play-by-play voice, and talks to Michaels about his book, You Can't Make This Up
How Author John Safran Lost A Year In Mississippi  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:14:00 -0500
God'll Cut You Down is a new book based on the tangled true story about the murder of a white supremacist by a black hustler. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the book's author, John Safran. 
These Tales Of Transformation Are Both 'Rich And Strange'  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:03:00 -0500
Ron Rash's latest collects 34 of his best short stories; critic Alan Cheuse says they're searingly beautiful, "as if someone has taken a stick from a blazing fire and pressed it into your hand." 
Author Wrestles With Wolves In 'Treat Us Like Dogs'  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:51:00 -0500
NPR's Scott Simon talks to Carolyn Chute about her new novel, Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves. The book follows a reporter as she investigates a remote commune and its charismatic leader.