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Jonathan Franzen On Writing: It's An 'Escape From Everything' 
  Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:56:00 -0400 
    The author of The Corrections and the new novel Purity likens writing to losing himself in a dream. "When it's really going well ... you're in a fantasy land and feeling no pain," he says.

Truth Is Strange And Fiction Is Charming In 'Girl Waits With Gun' 
  Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:04:12 -0400 
    Amy Stewart's new novel is inspired by the real-life tale of the Kopp sisters, three women who faced down a cruel factory owner after he crashed into their buggy and refused to pay restitution.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg And Sandra Day O'Connor, 'Sisters In Law' 
  Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:01:00 -0400 
    A new book explains that the women were not personal friends, but they were strong allies on the Supreme Court bench, especially in the legal fight for women's equality.

Novelist Amy Stewart Turns 1914 Traffic Accident Into 'Girl Waits With Gun' 
  Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:38:00 -0400 
    Steve Inskeep talks to Amy Stewart about her novel Girl Waits With Gun. It's based on the story of a woman who went on to become one of the first female deputy sheriffs in early 20th century America.

The Glimmering Sheen Of A Wide World Seen From Inside A Bubble 
  Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:09:00 -0400 
    The teen heroine of Nicola Yoon's debut novel, Everything, Everything, has a disorder that bars her from leaving her house. Still, her world is vast, filled with writings, drawings — and new love.

Oliver Sacks, Renowned Neurologist And Author, Dies At 82 
  Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:53:00 -0400 
    His book Awakenings, about reviving patients from a catatonic state, was turned into a 1990 film. He also wrote more than a dozen other books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

A Young Woman Goes 'Underground In Berlin' To Escape The Holocaust 
  Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:19:00 -0400 
    Hermann Simon's mother lived as a Jew in Berlin during World War II. Through cunning and disguise, Marie Jalowicz Simon managed to evade the Nazis right under their noses.

Presenting: The Holy Romance Trinity Of J 
  Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:03:35 -0400 
    Blogger Sarah Wendell usually reads on a Kindle, but she treasures a row of crumbling paperbacks by authors she calls the Holy Romance Trinity of J: Jude Deveraux, Julie Garwood and Judith McNaught.

For Carl Phillips, Poetry Is Experience Transformed — Not Transcribed 
  Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:10:57 -0400 
    Phillips' new collection is both raw and refined, drawing on intimate experience while shunning autobiography. "I become uncomfortable when people make an equation between author and poem," he says.

Edward St. Aubyn's 'A Clue To The Exit' Is Released In The U.S. 
  Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:05:00 -0400 
    Charlie Fairburn has been told he has six months to live. He's the central character in Edward St. Aubyn's novel, A Clue to the Exit. He speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about the book.

Ursula K. Le Guin Steers Her Craft Into A New Century 
  Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:04:00 -0400 
    The famed novelist says that at 85 she no longer has the energy to write another book, but she's just released a revised and updated edition of her manual for aspiring writers, Steering the Craft.

The Gentlemen Bastards Unfold Sumptuous Stories Within Stories 
  Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:03:41 -0400 
    This weekend, the NPR Books Time Machine is rewinding Scott Lynch's swashbuckling Gentleman Bastard series, a combination fantasy of manners, heist caper and heartfelt buddy comedy. With pirates.

Making Sense Of A Tragedy, One Narrator At A Time 
  Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:03:41 -0400 
    June Reid has lost everyone she loves in one horrifying moment, but she's not the only one grieving. Bill Clegg's new novel tells of June's loss through the voices of those who know and encounter her.

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of August 27, 2015 
  Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:03:40 -0400 
    In Just Mercy, attorney Bryan Stevenson recounts his efforts to defend the poor, the wrongly condemned and women and children trapped in the criminal justice system. It appears at No. 5.

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of August 27, 2015 
  Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:03:40 -0400 
    In John Grisham's Gray Mountain, a New York City lawyer turned unpaid intern stumbles upon dangerous secrets in a small Appalachian community. It appears at No. 12.
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