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Many Views Of Muhammad, As A Man And As A Prophet 
  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:01:00 -0400 
    In her new book The Lives of Muhammad, Boston University professor Kecia Ali discusses the different ways that Muslim and non-Muslim biographers have depicted the prophet over the centuries.

Understanding Society Through 3 American Classics 
  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:43:00 -0400 
    NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Azar Nafisi about her new book, The Republic of Imagination, a reflection on America through three of its most memorable books.

Chef Ottolenghi Makes The Case For 'Plenty More' Vegetables 
  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:43:00 -0400 
    Israeli chef Yotam Ottolenghi talks with Rachel Martin about the difference between supermarket hummus and Middle Eastern hummus and why he doesn't like to call his cookbooks "vegetarian."

After A Flurry Of Literary Awards, A Book On The 'Wonder' Of Words 
  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:03:13 -0400 
    It's literary awards season. The Nobel, the National Book Awards shortlists, and the Man Booker Prize were all recently announced. Author Jason Sheehan recommends some reading on all this reading.

Amid The Chaos Of Debt Collection, 'Bad Paper' Offers A Riveting Roadmap 
  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 05:32:55 -0400 
    It's not often that a book can mix machetes with hedge funds. Then again, few industries are as chaotic, and compelling, as debt collection — which Jake Halpern's book reveals in alarming detail.

A Funny Philosopher Tackles A Tough Query: 'Does Santa Exist?' 
  Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:07:00 -0400 
    Eric Kaplan's son had a zoo trip canceled because one mom worried about reindeer-induced questions. So Kaplan, a comedy writer and philosophy grad student, started pondering the puzzle of St. Nick.

424 Steps To Happiness: A Father's Journey Beyond 'The Fall' 
  Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:33:00 -0400 
    A son with cerebral palsy inspires a new way to think about imperfection, exaltation and love in a new memoir by Brazilian novelist and screenwriter Diogo Mainardi.

300,000,000 Is A Horrific, Poetic Anti-Ode To America 
  Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:03:13 -0400 
    Blake Butler's new novel, 300,000,000, is not for the squeamish. This portrait of a serial killer and the detective who hunts him will curdle the blood — and possibly the soul — of any reader.

Back Across The Wall: Questions For Garth Nix 
  Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    Author Garth Nix returns to the world of the Old Kingdom with Clariel, the story of a young woman of great magical power who, denied the freedom to live as she wants, chooses a dangerous path.

A Collection Of Poems That Offers An Unlikely Kind Of Hope 
  Sat, 18 Oct 2014 05:45:38 -0400 
    In his second poetry collection, The New Testament, Jericho Brown weaves together strains of religious invocations with his uneasy identity as a southern, gay, black man into a beguiling self myth.

Oscar Pistorius' Sentencing And The Classic True Crime Novel 
  Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:33:19 -0400 
    Oscar Pistorius, superstar athlete, was back in court this week for his sentencing hearing, after a culpable homicide conviction. Journalist Mandy Wiener says his case reminds her of a favorite book.

Email Just Can't Compete With Heartfelt 'Letters Of Note' 
  Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:43:00 -0400 
    The art of letter writing is also an act of preserving history. The correspondences gathered in the book Letters Of Note tell stories of delight, hope and loss — and the nature of human connection.

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of October 16, 2014 
  Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:03:19 -0400 
    Appearing at No. 13, The Map of Heaven examines people's near-death experiences alongside beliefs about the afterlife.

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of October 16, 2014 
  Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:03:19 -0400 
    Someone, Alice McDermott's story of a young Irish-American woman in Brooklyn, appears at No. 9.

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of October 16, 2014 
  Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:03:19 -0400 
    In Being Mortal, Atul Gawande argues against the premise that medical practitioners should always aim to extend life. It debuts at No. 3.
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