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Book News: Calif. Law Calls For Textbooks To Teach Significance Of Obama's Election 
  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:51:00 -0400 
    Also: Kobo will release a waterproof e-reader; new poems from Idra Novey and Marylen Grigas.

'Lock In': A Cop Story For Robot Lovers, A Robot Story For Cop Lovers 
  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:03:13 -0400 
    John Scalzi's new Lock In is a successful genre mashup that balances the needs of a police procedural (dead body, damaged detective) with those of a science fiction yarn (hard-core world building).

Marine Turned Novelist Brings Brutal, Everyday Work Of War Into Focus 
  Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:05:00 -0400 
    Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, served two tours in Iraq. He says, "It was not glamorous and it's not SEAL Team 6; it's just work, and I wanted to tell a story about that."

Book News: Desmond O'Grady, Irish Poet (And Fellini Bit Actor), Dies 
  Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0400 
    Also: a lively defense of the font Comic Sans; Elissa Schappell on finding her muse.

Exclusive First Read: 'The Bone Clocks' By David Mitchell 
  Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    David Mitchell's new novel, The Bone Clocks, mixes fantasy and literary fiction in a decades-spanning saga of ordinary people who get caught up in a war between two factions of ancient near-immortals.

'Land And Sea' Is An Unceasingly Bleak Story 
  Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    Katy Simpson Smith's debut novel, The Story of Land and Sea, is a story of suffering centered on an ex-pirate and his daughter just after the American Revolution. It's flawed, but a worthwhile read.

Book News: First Superman Comic Soars To $3.2 Million At Auction 
  Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:39:00 -0400 
    Also: an excerpt of Lena Dunham's new book; notable books of the week.

Mystery Writer Finds Istanbul's Byzantine Past Hiding In Plain Sight 
  Mon, 25 Aug 2014 03:26:00 -0400 
    In The Sultan of Byzantium, Turkish author Selcuk Altun takes his hero into forgotten corners of the city, where once-majestic monuments go unnoticed amid the bustle of daily life.

In A Foster Home, Two Boys Become 'Kinda Like Brothers' 
  Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:59:00 -0400 
    Before Coe Booth was a writer, she was a caseworker, often tasked with placing kids with foster families. Her latest novel for middle-grade readers looks at two young members of a foster family.

Louise Penny Builds A Magical Ensemble In 'The Long Way Home' 
  Sun, 24 Aug 2014 07:54:00 -0400 
    Chief Inspector Gamache is back in Louise Penny's latest novel, The Long Way Home. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Penny about the tenth book in the Gamache mystery series.

Studying? Take A Break And Embrace Your Distractions 
  Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:12:00 -0400 
    This back-to-school season, it's time to reevaluate a few common assumptions about how best to study. Benedict Carey, the author of How We Learn, says science shows that discipline isn't everything.

Lowly Worm Is Back! Richard Scarry Jr. Brings Dad's Manuscript To Life 
  Sat, 23 Aug 2014 05:25:00 -0400 
    The younger Scarry, also an illustrator, found a draft of Best Lowly Worm Book Ever! in his dad's Swiss chalet. He says all that was missing was the final art, "so that's what I did."

As Summer Winds Down, Wistful Dreams Of A 'Lost Estate' 
  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:17:00 -0400 
    The scent of fresh pencils is in the air, and homework assignments are around the corner. In honor of back-to-school season, author Alexander Aciman recommends The Lost Estate by Henri Alain-Fournier.

Novel Explores A Time When A Woman Might Not Live To Meet Her Child 
  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:06:00 -0400 
    Katy Simpson Smith's novel, set during the American Revolution, was inspired by her research on mothers in the South. "Death was sort of the specter that haunted every aspect of life," she says.

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of August 21, 2014 
  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:03:18 -0400 
    Amanda Ripley looks at the world's new education superpowers in The Smartest Kids In The World, which appears at No. 9.
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