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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.

Last Build Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:00:18 -0400

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3 Romances For Your August Escape

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:00:18 -0400

The lazy days of August call for getaway reading, so we've got three romances that'll take you from old China to the small-town South, featuring couples who learn love is closer than they think.

Quoting Mandela, Obama's Tweet After Charlottesville Is The Most-Liked Ever

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:16:00 -0400

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion," the former president tweeted. He was quoting Nelson Mandela, and it struck a chord for many.

An Oddball Family That Can't Connect In 'How To Behave In A Crowd'

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:00:18 -0400

Camille Bordas keeps things light in her smart, charming new novel, but there are serious underpinnings to this story about the youngest member of a family of quirky, emotionally closed overachievers.

'The Once And Future Liberal' Looks At Shortfalls Of American Liberalism

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:29:00 -0400

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Mark Lilla, author of the book, The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics, which looks at the failure of American liberalism over the past two generations.

Novelist Max Brooks On Doomsday, Dyslexia And Growing Up With Hollywood Parents

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:29:08 -0400

Brooks' stable childhood with parents Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft stands in contrast to the wild stories he tells in novels like World War Z and Minecraft: The Island.

Good Booty

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:18:30 -0400

What rhymes with tutti frutti?

'Home Fire' Puts A Topical Spin On Ancient Greek Tragedy

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:00:18 -0400

Kamila Shamsie's new book — beautifully written and paced — updates the ancient story of Antigone to tell an explosive story of two families tangled together by love, grief and religious radicalism.

'Hail To The Chin': B-List Actor Bruce Campbell Returns With A Memoir Of Middle Age

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:00:18 -0400

Campbell's second collection of rants and ruminations is just as enjoyably smarmy as his first, though the actor's ruthlessly sardonic outlook has mellowed.

Be More Than A Bookstore: A Brick-And-Mortar Shop's Key To Success

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 04:53:00 -0400

Barnes & Noble is experimenting with food, Amazon is replicating its online business and an indie shop aims to be part of the community. Ultimately, they all want to sell more books.

Poet Imagines Life Inside A 1910 Institution That Eugenics Built

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:25:00 -0400

Molly McCully Brown, who has cerebral palsy, says that if she'd been born in a different era, she might have been sent to the "Virginia State Colony," an early landmark of the U.S. eugenics movement.

In Children's Storybooks, Realism Has Advantages

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:47:00 -0400

Young children have an easier time exporting what they learn from a fictional storybook to the real world when the storybook is realistic, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.

'Ghost Of The Innocent Man' Chronicles Justice Too Long Delayed

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Benjamin Rachlin's crisply-written new book tells the story of Willie Grimes, who spent 24 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit — and the tortuous legal struggle that eventually freed him.

YA Books Are Targeted In Intense Social Media Callouts, Rosenfield Says

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 07:55:11 -0400

A young adult novel is fiercely criticized on Twitter and accused of being racist by those who haven't read it. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Kat Rosenfield, who covered the story for Vulture.

'The Bettencourt Affair': Extravagant Friendship Or Cruel Swindle?

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 07:44:00 -0400

Cosmetics heiress Liliane Bettencourt lavished money and gifts on her friend, photographer François-Marie Banier. Then, her daughter sparked a decade of scandal by accusing Banier of abusing her.

L'Oreal's Dark Roots Are On Display In 'The Bettencourt Affair'

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 07:00:00 -0400

A former Paris bureau chief for Time, Tom Sancton is the perfect chronicler of l'affaire Bettencourt — the juicy swirl of scandal, bribery and dark doings that fascinated France for a decade.