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Novelist Mat Johnson Explores The 'Optical Illusion' Of Being Biracial 
  Sun, 24 May 2015 07:27:00 -0400 
    Johnson, the son of an African-American mother and an Irish-American father, has just written Loving Day, a funny, sometimes absurd look at what it means to grow up mixed heritage in the U.S.


Friendship, Magic And Danger Blossom In 'Uprooted' 
  Sun, 24 May 2015 07:03:15 -0400 
    Naomi Novik's latest is a re-worked "Beauty and the Beast," with a powerful female friendship at its heart. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls it "moving, heart-breaking, and thoroughly satisfying."


This Weekend, Navigate The Changing World Of 'Vikram Lall' 
  Sun, 24 May 2015 05:45:34 -0400 
    M.G. Vassanji's book, The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, wrestles with questions of identity in a story about a young Indian boy coming of age in 1950s Kenya, a time of great political unrest.


What If The Drought Doesn't End? 'The Water Knife' Is One Possibility 
  Sat, 23 May 2015 21:48:00 -0400 
    It's Chinatown meets Mad Max in writer Paolo Bacigalupi's new desert dystopia, filled with climate refugees, powerful state border patrols, and secret agents called water knives.


'Mislaid' Punctures Notions Of Gender And Race 
  Sat, 23 May 2015 07:54:00 -0400 
    In Nell Zink's new book, Mislaid, a young woman marries her male professor. It's 1965. She likes women; he likes men. What follows is a biting satire about gender, race and sexuality.


'Dietland': A 'Fight Club' For Women That Reclaims The Word 'Fat' 
  Sat, 23 May 2015 07:54:00 -0400 
    Sarai Walker's new novel centers on Alicia "Plum" Kettle, a 20-something writer who's saving up for weight loss surgery when she joins an underground feminist collective.


The Fireworks Of 'Illusionarium' Never Quite Feel Real 
  Sat, 23 May 2015 07:03:15 -0400 
    Heather Dixon's novel is a rough roller-coaster of magic and conspiracy, centered on a boy battling a deadly plague. Reviewer Tasha Robinson says it seems more like a movie treatment than a book.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of May 21, 2015 
  Fri, 22 May 2015 16:03:21 -0400 
    Things That Matter, a collection of essays from conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, appears at No. 9.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of May 21, 2015 
  Fri, 22 May 2015 16:03:21 -0400 
    Ruth Reichl tells a story of food, love and redemption in Delicious!, which appears at No. 15.


NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of May 21, 2015 
  Fri, 22 May 2015 16:03:21 -0400 
    Photographer Sally Mann tells her family's history through images and words in Hold Still. It debuts at No. 8.


NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of May 21, 2015 
  Fri, 22 May 2015 16:03:21 -0400 
    In Anne Enright's The Green Road, Rosaleen Madigan's four grown children find themselves reunited under their mother's roof after she announces she's selling their childhood home. It debuts at No. 14.


NPR Bestsellers: Week Of May 21, 2015 
  Fri, 22 May 2015 16:03:21 -0400 
    The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.


How 'Gatsby' Went From A Moldering Flop To A Great American Novel 
  Fri, 22 May 2015 15:36:00 -0400 
    In So We Read On, Maureen Corrigan looks at the story behind The Great Gatsby, from F. Scott Fitzgerald's life to the era in which it's set. Originally broadcast Sept. 8, 2014.


Beyond The Best-Sellers: Nancy Pearl Recommends Under-The-Radar Reads 
  Fri, 22 May 2015 03:57:00 -0400 
    NPR's go-to books guru has sent Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep a stack of books — titles she thinks deserve more attention. Here are her fiction picks, to kick off your summer reading.


The World Of 'Gracekeepers' Is Immersed In Water — And Secrets 
  Thu, 21 May 2015 07:18:15 -0400 
    Kirsty Logan's debut novel follows a traveling circus floating through a drowned world where "damplings" aspire to live on the rare patches of land, and hints of magic provide a fairytale feel.
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