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All Possibilities: The 'Purple Rain' Story

NPR Books - 5 hours 8 min ago

Though revered now, Prince's iconic 1984 film and album succeeded against daunting odds. Music critic and journalist Alan Light provides the details in his new book, Let's Go Crazy.

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Journalist Documents The Many 'Trials Of Oscar Pistorius'

NPR Books - 5 hours 24 min ago

Oscar Pistorius stunned the world when he ran on prosthetic legs in the 2012 Olympics, then shot his girlfriend dead months later. NPR's Scott Simon asks John Carlin about his new book on the athlete.

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First-Generation 'Boston Girl' Becomes Career Woman In Diamant's Latest

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Anita Diamant — who also authored The Red Tent — tells the story of Addie Baum in her latest novel. Baum is a Jewish girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents in Boston's North End.

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Playful And Serious? 'How To Be' Is Both

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Ali Smith's new How To Be Both combines inventive structural trickery and warm, sardonic writing in in parallel tales of a bereaved modern teenager and an Italian renaissance fresco painter.

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After The California Downpour, 'The Drought' Offers Some Dry Reading

NPR Books - December 5, 2014 - 3:03pm

It rained in California this week. That might not sound like news, but the state is experiencing a record-setting drought. Jason Heller turns to science fiction to reflect on the strange weather.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of December 4, 2014

NPR Books - December 5, 2014 - 7:10am

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

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of December 4, 2014

NPR Books - December 5, 2014 - 7:08am

Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recounts his life as both a civilian and a distinguished marksman in American Sniper. It appears at No. 12.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of December 4, 2014

NPR Books - December 5, 2014 - 7:07am

A mysterious package compels a reclusive bookstore owner to reconsider his approach to life in Gabrielle Zevin's The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. It appears at No. 13.

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Book News: Barnes & Noble, Microsoft Part Ways Over The Nook

NPR Books - December 5, 2014 - 7:04am

A two-year partnership in the bookseller's troubled e-reader has ended, as Barnes & Noble buys out Microsoft's share. Also: Upset brews in India over the president's exclusive deal with Amazon.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of December 4, 2014

NPR Books - December 5, 2014 - 6:46am

Debuting at No. 15, You Can't Make This Up details sportscaster Al Michaels' life and career.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of December 4, 2014

NPR Books - December 5, 2014 - 6:43am

The latest installment of James Patterson's Alex Cross series has detective Cross contending with a mad genius who has kidnapped his family. Hope to Die debuts at No. 10.

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Ayn Rand's Novel 'Ideal' To Be Published Next Year

NPR Books - December 4, 2014 - 1:26pm

Rand wrote Ideal as a novel in 1934, but didn't like it and set it aside. Later, she reworked it as a play. The New American Library says Ideal will be published in the form in which Rand intended it.

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Set In Appalachia, This Rewarding Story Collection Is 'Rich And Strange'

NPR Books - December 4, 2014 - 12:00pm

Ron Rash's best short stories from the past 20 years take you to a land apart psychologically and geographically. His writing is powerful, stripped down and very still.

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Book News: Booker Winner Ben Okri Nabs Bad Sex Prize

NPR Books - December 4, 2014 - 6:45am

The 2014 Bad Sex in Fiction award has picked its winner: Okri's novel The Age of Magic, which not so subtly features a skyrocket in flight. Also: Raymond Chandler's lost comic opera is discovered.

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