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"Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists.... When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence."

—Erich Fromm (1900-80) German-born American psychoanalyst, emphasized role of social conditioning


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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of July 30, 2015 
  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:03:32 -0400 
    Emma Farrarons' The Mindfulness Coloring Book, a pocket-sized, anti-stress booklet for grown-ups, appears at No. 12.

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of July 30, 2015 
  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:03:32 -0400 
    In The Rosie Effect, a sequel to 2013's The Rosie Project, Don Tillman prepares for fatherhood. It appears at No. 15.

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of July 30, 2015 
  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:03:32 -0400 
    Debuting at No. 15, Arthur Brooks' The Conservative Heart presents a new vision for conservatism.

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of July 30, 2015 
  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:03:32 -0400 
    At No. 7, Ernest Cline's Armada tells the story of gamers protecting the earth from an alien invasion.

NPR Bestsellers: Week Of July 30, 2015 
  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:03:32 -0400 
    The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

Remembering Alan Cheuse, Our Longtime Literary Guide 
  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:28:00 -0400 
    For some 30 years, Alan Cheuse was our guide to the best and worst of the written word. He passed away today at 75, after a car accident two weeks ago. NPR's Susan Stamberg has an appreciation.

Alan Cheuse, Novelist And Longtime NPR Contributor, Dies At 75 
  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:28:00 -0400 
    The author and critic died Friday of injuries sustained in a car accident. For years, he was the voice of NPR's literature commentary — and, for many, the "guide to a very exciting world."

Cheetos, Canned Foods, Deli Meat: How The U.S. Army Shapes Our Diet 
  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:43:00 -0400 
    Many of the processed foods that we eat — and the way they're made — were invented not for us, but for soldiers, says the author of the new book Combat-Ready Kitchen.

'End Of The Tour': An Unauthorized 'Anti-Biopic' Of David Foster Wallace 
  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:55:00 -0400 
    Instead of telling the author's life story, the film (which the Wallace estate does not approve of) focuses on five days in 1996 during the publicity tour for Infinite Jest.

A Path From 'Blackout' Drunkenness To Sobriety And Self-Acceptance 
  Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:24:00 -0400 
    Writer Sarah Hepola once got so drunk before giving a presentation to 300 people that she didn't remember it the next day. In Blackout, her memoir, Hepola wrestles with her reasons for drinking.

'Barbara' Is Imperfect, Defiant And Wonderfully Human 
  Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:03:00 -0400 
    The characters in Lauren Holmes' debut story collection are more than words on a page, says reviewer Michael Schaub. They're fully, exasperatingly real, portrayed with charm but without pretension.

'Baby' Is A Pretty Feat Of Misdirection 
  Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:03:00 -0400 
    Mary Kubica's new thriller follows a woman who takes in a runaway and her baby daughter. Reviewer Bethanne Patrick says it's a perfect setup — but the twists you expect aren't the ones that arrive.

With 'Paper Towns,' Author John Green Reopens Search For Agloe, N.Y. 
  Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:38:00 -0400 
    Agloe, N.Y., is not a town in any real sense. Instead, it's among a number of fakes that mapmakers planted to foil plagiarists. It inspired John Green to write his book (and now movie) Paper Towns.

'Booker Dozen' Stirs In A Hefty Batch Of American Authors 
  Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:28:00 -0400 
    Thirteen novels are in the hunt for the Man Booker Prize, the U.K.'s biggest literary award. The Booker is open to Americans for only the second year, and this year's list pits rookies against titans.

Peace, Love And Realness In A Hip-Hop History 
  Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:03:00 -0400 
    Cartoonist Ed Piskor has just put out the new book in his award-winning Hip Hop Family Tree series. It's an exhaustive, good-natured look at the birth of hip-hop that avoids the pitfall of voyeurism.
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