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'I Want The Pages To Turn': Librarian Nancy Pearl's Summer Reading List

NPR Books - 4 hours 6 min ago

Ahead of the July 4th weekend, the Seattle-based librarian shares a stack of eight recent favorites. She includes thrillers, mysteries, family sagas and an homage to the game rock, paper, scissors.

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Michael Bond, Creator Of Paddington Bear Books, Dies At 91

NPR Books - June 28, 2017 - 1:15pm

Michael Bond, creator of the beloved Paddington Bear books, died Tuesday at 91. The classic children's book character is a scruffy little bear prone to accidents, but he means well.

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Michael Bond, The 'Giant' Behind Paddington Bear, Dies At 91

NPR Books - June 28, 2017 - 9:16am

"Mr. and Mrs. Brown first met Paddington on a railway platform" — and readers first met Paddington with those words in 1958. Bond, who died Tuesday, turned that bear into an unforgettable friend.

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John Grisham's New Novel "Camino Island"

NPR Books - June 28, 2017 - 7:38am

In Grisham’s latest novel, his 30th, he departs from his usual legal thriller genre to write about a struggling young author who moves to a sleepy resort town in Florida. It’s the story of a rare books dealer, a daring literary crime and a young, female writer who tries to catch a thief.

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Cultural Appropriation Is, In Fact, Indefensible

NPR Books - June 28, 2017 - 6:00am

Recently, the New York Times published an essay defending cultural appropriation as necessary engagement. But that's a simplistic, misguided way of looking at appropriation, which causes real harm.

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Multiple Narratives Mean Non-Stop Action In 'The Child'

NPR Books - June 28, 2017 - 3:00am

Fiona Barton's latest — a followup to last year's hit The Widow — picks up with journalist Kate Waters as she digs into another cold case, this one an infant skeleton found at a building site.

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Former Tennis Player James Blake On Athletes And Activism

NPR Books - June 28, 2017 - 1:04am

Retired tennis player James Blake has written a book about athletes who take on social causes after he was tackled by a police officer. He talks with Rachel Martin about his book Ways of Grace.

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'The Strange Death Of Europe' Warns Against Impacts Of Immigration

NPR Books - June 27, 2017 - 12:41pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Douglas Murray about his new book, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam. He argues that European civilization is dying as a result of immigration.

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'What Would You Do?' Author Wants To Stop Sensationalizing The Donner Party

NPR Books - June 27, 2017 - 11:33am

In The Best Land Under Heaven, Michael Wallis chronicles the saga of a band of pioneers who resorted to cannibalism after getting stranded en route West. He says "there's so much more" to the story.

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Beyond The Valley Of The CEOs — Bringing Big Tech To Small Towns

NPR Books - June 27, 2017 - 7:06am

Venture capital is concentrated on the coasts — how can investors be encouraged to spread the wealth?

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In 'Amatka,' A Warped And Chilling Portrait Of Post-Truth Reality

NPR Books - June 27, 2017 - 3:00am

Karin Tidbeck's new novel is set in the mysterious city of Amatka, an agricultural colony ruled by a totalitarian government — but this is no standard dystopia. In Amatka, language has strange power.

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On Harry Potter's 20th Anniversary, Listen To His NPR Debut

NPR Books - June 26, 2017 - 12:28pm

The first Harry Potter book came out 20 years ago today. One year later, in 1998, was the first time we mentioned the book, on All Things Considered. Here's Margot Adler's piece in its entirety.

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