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Comic Artist Yumi Sakugawa On Friend-Love, Identity And Art

NPR Books - January 4, 2014 - 5:00am

How should you tell your friends that you're in friend-love with them? Sakugawa, the artist and author of I Think I Am In Friend-Love With You shares what inspires her work.

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Ice Cube Sculptures, Tulips And Death: A 2014 Poetry Preview

NPR Books - January 4, 2014 - 2:57am

There's a lot to look forward to in the upcoming year, including collections about religious faith, books that push the boundaries of what we can call poetry and some poems that are too hot for your average English class. Critic Craig Morgan Teicher walks us through the highlights of the year ahead.

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Lovebirds + String + Watering Can + Dog = Rube Goldberg Magic

NPR Books - January 4, 2014 - 2:53am

The term "Rube Goldberg machine" has become shorthand for a convoluted contraption made up of a series of chain reactions. But Goldberg was also a real person, whose ideas for whimsical devices have captivated imaginations for decades.

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Jimmy Santiago Baca, From Prison To Poetry

NPR Books - January 3, 2014 - 1:53pm

Jimmy Santiago Baca began writing poetry while he was serving a five-year sentence in prison. His new anthology tells the story of his journey to becoming a celebrated Chicano poet.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of January 2, 2014

NPR Books - January 3, 2014 - 9:00am

Outliers, at No. 10, presents Malcolm Gladwell's theories about the nature of unusual success.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of January 2, 2014

NPR Books - January 3, 2014 - 9:00am

Junot Diaz chronicles the philandering adventures of Yunior in This Is How You Lose Her, at No. 14.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of January 2, 2014

NPR Books - January 3, 2014 - 9:00am

In One Summer, at No. 5, Bill Bryson tells the true story of a few fascinating months of 1927.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of January 2, 2014

NPR Books - January 3, 2014 - 9:00am

At No. 2, Dog Songs collects some of Mary Oliver's favorite poems about her canine companions.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of January 2, 2014

NPR Books - January 3, 2014 - 9:00am

The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

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A Critic Tours 'Echo Spring,' Home Of Beloved Boozy Writers

NPR Books - January 3, 2014 - 7:40am

A new book by critic Olivia Laing explores the link between alcohol and writing through the commentaries of famous writers who were themselves alcoholics. Fresh Air's Maureen Corrigan calls Laing's readings "exquisite," and says she wisely avoids "any one-size-fits-all conclusions about the bond between the pen and the bottle."

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Tough Commute This Morning? Your 'Journey' Could Have Been Worse

NPR Books - January 3, 2014 - 6:45am

Just as the passengers aboard the MV Akademik Shokalskiy thought they had escaped the Antarctic ice, word came that the Chinese ship that rescued them might be stuck as well. Poet Jynne Martin recommends a book to put the situation in perspective, one that tells the story of an expedition that was doomed from the start.

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Book News: 'Cazalet' Author Elizabeth Jane Howard Dies

NPR Books - January 3, 2014 - 4:03am

Also: the lawyer who leaked J.K. Rowling's identity has been fined; Kate DiCamillo is the new national ambassador for young people's literature; Danielle Steel is awarded France's Legion of Honor.

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'Before I Burn' Uses Autobiography To Tell A Crime Story

NPR Books - January 2, 2014 - 3:01pm

Scandinavian crime novels have become so popular that some publishers even have a name for the genre — "Scandi-crime." Many of these books keep readers right on the edge of their seats. But reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin says Before I Burn by Gaute Heivoll takes a more subtle approach.

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