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NPR's brings you news about books and authors along with our picks for great reads. Interviews, reviews, the NPR Bestseller Lists, New in Paperback and much more.

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On This 'Tree Of Treasures' There's No Such Thing As An Ordinary Ornament

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:12:00 -0500

Bonnie Mackay has written an unusual sort of memoir: Tree of Treasures is the story of her life, told through Christmas tree ornaments. She has nearly 3,000 of them, divided into 67 classifications.

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Quran Exhibition Shines A Light On The Holy Books' Dedicated Artists

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:49:00 -0500

The Smithsonian show isn't about the words of the Quran so much as the people who laboriously copied it, letter by letter. When they made a mistake, they fixed it with flourish — and sometimes gold.

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'A Poem For Peter' Recalls One Unforgettable 'Snowy Day'

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:03:00 -0500

In 1962, Peter — an African-American boy exploring his neighborhood after a snowstorm — broke the color barrier in mainstream children's publishing. A new book pays tribute to author Ezra Jack Keats.

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2 New Works Confront The Refugee Crisis With Empathy And Humanity

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:24:18 -0500

Critic John Powers discusses the Italian documentary, Fire at Sea, and the novel, These Are the Names. The works take very different — but nonetheless poignant — approaches to the refugee situation.

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LGBTQ Activist Cleve Jones: 'I'm Well Aware How Fragile Life Is'

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:09:00 -0500

Jones became an activist after Harvey Milk's assassination, and he lost countless friends to the AIDS epidemic. He says, "There are some days when it is so painful that I really can barely function."

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Carrie Fisher Opens Up About 'Star Wars,' The Gold Bikini And Her On-Set Affair

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:42:00 -0500

In her new memoir, The Princess Diarist, Fisher looks back on playing Princess Leia when she was 19 and reflects on her romantic involvement with her older, married co-star, Harrison Ford.

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'Mayor Of Mogadishu': Symbol Of Hope Or Divisive Figure?

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 05:01:00 -0500

Steve Inskeep talks to the BBC's Andrew Harding about his book: The Mayor of Mogadishu. It's a look at Somalia's modern history through the life story of one of its most controversial politicians.

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Julia Baird Paints A Stronger, More Likable 'Victoria The Queen'

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:38:47 -0500

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Julia Baird about her new book "Victoria the Queen." Baird says that contrary to how she is usually remembered, Queen Victoria was a lively and dedicated ruler.

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Long Unseen By Readers, H.G. Wells Ghost Story Finally Debuts In Print

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 07:19:00 -0500

The Strand Magazine is publishing the story, which languished unread for decades. The magazine's managing editor says it was Wells' "indecipherable" handwriting that gave the story away.

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'Confessions Of A Cuban Boy' Author Taks Life As A Cuban Refugee

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:06:00 -0500

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Yale history professor Carlos Eire about living in the United States as a Cuban refugee. Eire is the author of "Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy."

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The Favorite Drink Of Italian Grandpas Gets An American Revival

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:26:00 -0500

Amaro is considered "grandpa's drink" and a digestive aid in its native Italy, but not stateside, where this centuries-old, bittersweet liqueur has become popular on cocktail menus.

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Michael Chabon's 'Moonglow' Shines With Insight And Fantastic Storytelling

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:41:00 -0500

Chabon's new novel is a collection of stories in which a dying grandfather tells the secrets of his life to his grandson. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Moonglow "violent and very funny."

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Carrie Fisher Draws From Her Personal Journals In 'The Princess Diarist'

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:37:00 -0500

Carrie Fisher is very much an open book about the crazy ups and downs in her life. The actress best known as Princess Leia in the Star Wars films has a new book on her start in show business.

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Trevor Noah Says He Grew Up 'In The Shadow Of A Giant' (His Mom)

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:24:00 -0500

The Daily Show host revisits his childhood in apartheid-era South Africa in his new memoir, Born a Crime. Noah says writing the book helped him see that his mother was the real hero of his story.

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A Clear Message From Colombian Police: Don't Mess With '100 Years Of Solitude'

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:21:00 -0500

In 2015, a first edition copy of Gabriel García Márquez's classic was stolen from a Bogota book fair. Many cases in that city go unsolved, but local law enforcement went all out to find the book.

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