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Confessions Of A Former 'Sweet Valley High' Addict 
  Sun, 13 Jul 2014 05:25:00 -0400 
    Although she's loath to admit it, author Cristina Henriquez used to love Sweet Valley High. She explains why this "all-American" series meant so much to her as an awkward half-Panamanian 5th grader.


Wounded Bull-Runner: 'If You Run Long Enough, You Get Gored' 
  Sat, 12 Jul 2014 16:54:40 -0400 
    Bill Hillmann, a writer from Chicago, contributed to the book Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona. He was gored at this year's running of the bulls in that city, but says he plans to return.


'Fightshark' Recounts His Struggles, In Kickboxing And Beyond 
  Sat, 12 Jul 2014 16:54:40 -0400 
    Mark Miller chose his nickname because when he smells blood, he attacks. His new memoir, Pain Don't Hurt, tells of the heart surgery and alcohol problems that temporarily derailed his fighting career.


Tracking The World's Famous Most Unread Books 
  Sat, 12 Jul 2014 07:36:00 -0400 
    NPR's Tamara Keith speaks to Jordan Ellenberg about his part-serious, part-playful Hawking Index, which is an e-book-era mathematical measurement of how far readers get into books before giving up.


'Angels' Find Pre-Civil War Home In Idyllic Interracial Enclave 
  Sat, 12 Jul 2014 07:36:00 -0400 
    NPR's Tamara Keith talks to Breena Clark about her new novel, Angels Make Their Hope Here. It follows Dossie Bird, a girl who escapes slavery in 1849 and flees to a refuge in New Jersey.


History In The Groove: Q&A With Author (And 78 Collector) Amanda Petrusich 
  Sat, 12 Jul 2014 07:03:13 -0400 
    There's a vibrant collecting community for old 78rpm records, ancestors of today's iTunes single. Music writer Amanda Petrusich got sucked in while writing her new book, Do Not Sell at Any Price.


A Marriage In Crisis Is The Model For This 'Drawing' 
  Sat, 12 Jul 2014 05:35:00 -0400 
    Robin Black's Life Drawing follows an artist couple working through the pain of a past betrayal. "It's ... a fascinating subject," Black says. "Who stays together and how do they manage it?"


In Aftermath Of Brazil's World Cup Defeat, A Poem To Numb The Pain 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:37:00 -0400 
    Germany thrashed Brazil 7-1 this week. Author Kevin Roose says Ernest Thayer's classic poem on failure, "Casey at the Bat," might cheer the Brazilian soccer team up.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of July 10, 2014 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:00:48 -0400 
    In Launch, entrepreneur Jeff Walker offers advice for launching a successful product or business in an increasingly digital world. It appears at No. 13.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of July 10, 2014 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:00:48 -0400 
    At No. 15, Jo Baker's Longbourn reimagines Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice from a servant's perspective.


NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of July 10, 2014 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:00:48 -0400 
    In #GIRLBOSS, Sophia Amoruso delivers an irreverent manifesto for ambitious young women. It debuts at No. 15.


NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of July 10, 2014 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:00:48 -0400 
    A struggling single mom gets helps from an obnoxious tech millionaire in Jojo Moyes' One Plus One. It debuts at No. 7.


NPR Bestsellers: Week Of July 10, 2014 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:00:48 -0400 
    The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.


In Troubled Times, Find Freedom Through Faith And Forgiveness 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:18:44 -0400 
    T.D. Jakes was once called "America's Best Preacher" by Time magazine. In this encore broadcast, host Michel Martin speaks with him about how he found his calling to become a pastor.


Book News: Singapore Pulls 2 Children's Books With Gay Couples From Libraries 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:52:00 -0400 
    Also: Colin Barrett has won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award; Roxana Robinson on the painful fragility of her concentration.
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