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Heartbreakers: Why Some Books Didn't Make The Final Romance List

NPR | Aug. 02, 2015

Not every submission to our big romance poll made it onto the list. Some books, while classics, have not aged well, some books were too new to judge, and some were lacking the crucial happy ending.

'Kids Love To Be Scared': Louis Sachar On Balancing Fun And Fear

NPR | Aug. 02, 2015

The award-winning author of Holes has just published a new novel for young readers, called Fuzzy Mud. It mixes middle-school social puzzles with a more sinister mystery: a rogue biotech threat.

Aviator Beryl Markham Soars Again In 'Paris Wife' Author's New Book

NPR | Aug. 02, 2015

"It is my fate to illuminate the lives of these one-of-a-kind notable women that have been somehow forgotten by history," says Paula McClain. She shines her spotlight on Markham in Circling the Sun.

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Luther Campbell Of 2 Live Crew On Fame, Obscenity And Community

NPR | Aug. 2, 2015 5:28 a.m.

As a party-rocking Miami DJ, Campbell learned early on that being different could lead to success.

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This 'Woman With A Secret' Plays Deadly Mind Games

NPR | Aug. 2, 2015 4:03 a.m.

Sophie Hannah's new psychological crime thriller is about the cruel machinations of outwardly nice married folks with too much time on their hands.

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76 Years Later, Lost F. Scott Fitzgerald Story Sees The Light Of Day

NPR | Aug. 1, 2015 3:55 p.m.

The story, called "Temperature," had never been published and was presumed lost. Long after magazine editor Andrew Gulli began his search for the story, he finally found it — and put it in print.

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Remembering Alan Cheuse, Our Longtime Literary Guide

NPR | Aug. 1, 2015 2:40 p.m.

For some 30 years, Alan Cheuse was our guide to the best and worst of the written word. He passed away today at 75, after a car accident two weeks ago. NPR's Susan Stamberg has an appreciation.

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'Three Moments' Is A Symphony Of Short Story Strangeness

NPR | Aug. 1, 2015 4:03 a.m.

Acclaimed sci-fi author China Miéville hasn't been known for his short fiction, but reviewer Jason Heller says his new collection — subversive, strange and full of sick humor — will change that.

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Alan Cheuse, Novelist And Longtime NPR Contributor, Dies At 75

NPR | July 31, 2015 2:10 p.m.

The author and critic died Friday of injuries sustained in a car accident. For years, he was the voice of NPR's literature commentary — and, for many, the "guide to a very exciting world."

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A Path From 'Blackout' Drunkenness To Sobriety And Self-Acceptance

NPR | July 31, 2015 1:31 p.m.

Writer Sarah Hepola once got so drunk before giving a presentation to 300 people that she didn't remember it the next day. In Blackout, her memoir, Hepola wrestles with her reasons for drinking.

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'End Of The Tour': An Unauthorized 'Anti-Biopic' Of David Foster Wallace

NPR | July 31, 2015 10:20 a.m.

Instead of telling the author's life story, the film (which the Wallace estate does not approve of) focuses on five days in 1996 during the publicity tour for Infinite Jest.

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'Barbara' Is Imperfect, Defiant And Wonderfully Human

NPR | July 30, 2015 4:45 p.m.

The characters in Lauren Holmes' debut story collection are more than words on a page, says reviewer Michael Schaub. They're fully, exasperatingly real, portrayed with charm but without pretension.

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'Baby' Is A Pretty Feat Of Misdirection

NPR | July 30, 2015 10:34 a.m.

Mary Kubica's new thriller follows a woman who takes in a runaway and her baby daughter. Reviewer Bethanne Patrick says it's a perfect setup — but the twists you expect aren't the ones that arrive.