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'Back Channel' Turns Up White House Intrigue 
  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:34:00 -0400 
    NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen L. Carter about his new novel, Back Channel. It's a political thriller set during the Cuban Missile Crisis.


Plot To Poison Famed French Wine Makes For Gripping (Pinot) Noir 
  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:34:00 -0400 
    In Shadows in the Vineyard Maximillian Potter tells the true story of the legendary Romanée-Conti vineyard — and how it was held up for a 1 million euro ransom.


Fiction Explores The Push And Pull Of Arab-Israeli Identity 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:39:00 -0400 
    Sayed Kashua is an Arab who writes novels in Hebrew and a sitcom in Arabic. A contradiction? Maybe. But his newest book is a good look at an often-overlooked segment of the Israeli population.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of July 24, 2014 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:03:19 -0400 
    Scott Anderson's Lawrence in Arabia recounts how a handful of adventurers and low-level officers shaped the Arab Revolt during World War I. It appears at No. 9.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of July 24, 2014 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:03:19 -0400 
    Appearing at No. 11, Amy Tan's The Valley Of Amazement spans two continents and more than four decades as it explores the connection between an American mother and her half-Chinese daughter.


NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of July 24, 2014 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:03:19 -0400 
    Debuting at No. 12, Vicki Constantine Croke's Elephant Company tells the story of an English soldier who used elephants to undermine Japanese occupation of Burma during World War II.


NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of July 24, 2014 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:03:19 -0400 
    The final book of Deborah Harkness' All Souls trilogy, The Book of Life, follows a supernatural couple searching for a mysterious, ancient book. It debuts at No. 1.


NPR Bestsellers: Week Of July 24, 2014 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:03:19 -0400 
    The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.


Book News: Amazon Reports Big Quarterly Loss 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:09:00 -0400 
    Also: Brian McGreevy on horror writer Angela Carter; why poetry and computer engineering go together.


Self-Published Authors Make A Living — And Sometimes A Fortune 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:58:00 -0400 
    Printing your own book used to be seen as a mark of failure. But now many independent authors, both well-known and relatively unknown, say they're making good money without a publishing house.


When It Comes To Creativity, Are Two Heads Better Than One? 
  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:21:00 -0400 
    Joshua Wolf Shenk says it's time to debunk the myth of the lone genius. His new book explores creative partnerships — and explains how Emily Dickinson wasn't actually as much of a loner as we think.


'Tigerman' Will Get Its Claws Into You 
  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:12:54 -0400 
    Nick Harkaway's new novel mixes up a heady brew of comics, longing, tea, murder, post-colonial guilt and mystical tigers. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says it's "not just good, it's shake-a-granny good."


'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story 
  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:26:00 -0400 
    Yelena Akhtiorskaya's debut novel is about a family that emigrates from Odessa to the Russian enclave of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, N.Y. It's a funny tale full of insider knowledge and offbeat words.


Book News: Amazon Exec Says Hachette Is Using Authors 'As Human Shields' 
  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:18:00 -0400 
    Also: President Obama will give the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 21 artists, writers, academics and journalists; Katie Crouch on Sylvia Plath.


Can I Get A Do-Over? Shadow Selves And Second Chances 
  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:04:00 -0400 
    Get your comic fix this week with Bryan Lee O'Malley's Seconds and The Shadow Hero, by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew. Both books take up the idea of re-writing the past — but in very different ways.
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