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Ruth Rendell Dies, Pioneered The Psychological Thriller 
  Mon, 04 May 2015 16:31:00 -0400 
    The British mystery writer was known for her Inspector Wexford series and in her later years became active in Labour Party politics. NPR's Petra Mayer has this remembrance.


Silence On The Sidelines: An MLB Insider's 'Manifesto' On Youth Sports 
  Mon, 04 May 2015 13:23:00 -0400 
    Baseball's Mike Matheny speaks with Fresh Air's Dave Davies about his playing career, managing in the big leagues and the pressures of youth sports. Matheny is the author of The Matheny Manifesto.


A Former Country Girl Catches Fire In 'The Love Object' 
  Mon, 04 May 2015 10:03:00 -0400 
    Edna O'Brien's first novel was burned in the small Irish village of her birth. The Love Object collects more than 30 of her fiery tales of religion and repression in "a land of sacrificial women."


'I Take You' Is Madcap Marital Mayhem 
  Mon, 04 May 2015 07:03:00 -0400 
    Eliza Kennedy's snappy new novel follows Lily Wilder, a high-powered litigator conflicted about her upcoming wedding because she's having too much fun with sex, booze and work to settle down.


A Town Divided Over The Next Chapter Of An Iconic Harper Lee Book 
  Mon, 04 May 2015 05:04:00 -0400 
    There's plenty of speculation about whether the octogenarian author really intended to release the manuscript, discovered by her lawyer last year.


With Comedic Touch, 'Zombie Wars' Tackles Impact Of Real Violence 
  Sun, 03 May 2015 17:23:00 -0400 
    The main character in Aleksandar Hemon's new book is a hapless screenwriter who's never faced real hardship. But after an affair with a Bosnian refugee, he can no longer avoid the realities of war.


Demystifying The Art World In 'Playing To The Gallery' 
  Sun, 03 May 2015 07:45:00 -0400 
    Have you ever stared at a piece of art and thought, I just don't get it? Artist Grayson Perry gives NPR's Rachel Martin the answers to questions about art that some are too embarrassed to ask.


An Ohio Couple Would Like To Forget 'A Gronking To Remember' 
  Sat, 02 May 2015 17:48:00 -0400 
    A lawsuit alleges that the popular erotica e-book — which centers on Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski — used an engagement photo on its cover without permission.


Author Hopes Holocaust-Themed Picture Book Will Prompt Conversations 
  Sat, 02 May 2015 17:48:00 -0400 
    Jane Yolen's latest is a children's book about a family trying to survive the Holocaust in France. "I consider Stone Angel a kind of starting place for parents to talk to their kids," she says.


John Lydon: The Foul-Mouthed Yob Sets The Record Straight 
  Sat, 02 May 2015 15:34:00 -0400 
    "After reading so much rubbish written about me over the years, it became obvious that I had to just tell it like it is," Lydon tells NPR's Arun Rath. Lydon just wrote his memoir, Anger Is An Energy.


Novelist Ruth Rendell, Author Of 'Wexford' Books, Dies At 85 
  Sat, 02 May 2015 10:12:00 -0400 
    She is credited with being a pioneer of the psychological thriller and wrote more than 60 books.


'Outsider Baseball': Tells Tales Of Obscure Baseball Characters 
  Sat, 02 May 2015 07:57:56 -0400 
    Gary Cieradkowski's new book is an illustrated compendium of baseball's forgotten characters. He talks to NPR's Scott Simon about The League of Outsider Baseball.


A Veteran Scientist Dreams Boldly Of 'Earth And Sky' 
  Sat, 02 May 2015 07:57:00 -0400 
    Famous — and occasionally controversial — physicist Freeman Dyson's new essay collection ranges from scientific history to today's hot-button issues like climate change and genetic engineering.


Does Post-Apocalyptic Literature Have A (Non-Dystopian) Future? 
  Sat, 02 May 2015 07:03:15 -0400 
    Store shelves and libraries are packed with post-apocalyptic, dystopian novels right now. Critic Jason Heller has some suggestions to help you wade through the floods. And the fires. And the fallout.


NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of April 30, 2015 
  Fri, 01 May 2015 16:03:21 -0400 
    Jon Krakauer's Missoula chronicles a series of sexual assaults in a Montana college town. It debuts at No. 5.
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