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Book News: The Clash Of The Comic(-)Cons 
  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:21:00 -0400 
    Also: an excerpt of Haruki Murakami's new book; notable books coming out this week.

'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands 
  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:11:00 -0400 
    In the Land of Love and Drowning, the islands are a magical setting for three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands.

What Made Double Agent Kim Philby A Great Spy? His Friends. 
  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:11:25 -0400 
    Philby was one of the 20th century's most legendary spies. NPR's Arun Rath talks with author Ben Macintyre about his new book, A Spy Among Friends, and the boozy secret to Philby's success.

Lessons From Behind The Counter At A Comic Book Store 
  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:03:13 -0400 
    NPR's Lidia Jean Kott talked to Jason Aaron, the writer of the new female Thor. When she first talked to him she knew nothing about superhero comics, but after some research she became a fan.

A Foodie Detective Solves Crime In A Delectable Italian Mystery 
  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:03:13 -0400 
    Andrea Camilleri's Angelica's Smile is the 17th book in the Inspector Montalbano mystery series. It's not as tightly plotted as the others, but Camilleri's trademark charm is still in place.

Lessons In 'Essentialism': Getting More Out Of Life By Doing Less 
  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:09:50 -0400 
    Greg McKeown doesn't believe in "doing it all." In his new book he argues that we should pursue only those things that are truly important — and eliminate everything else.

'Back Channel' Turns Up White House Intrigue 
  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:34:00 -0400 
    NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen L. Carter about his new novel, Back Channel. It's a political thriller set during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Plot To Poison Famed French Wine Makes For Gripping (Pinot) Noir 
  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:34:00 -0400 
    In Shadows in the Vineyard Maximillian Potter tells the true story of the legendary Romanée-Conti vineyard — and how it was held up for a 1 million euro ransom.

Fiction Explores The Push And Pull Of Arab-Israeli Identity 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:39:00 -0400 
    Sayed Kashua is an Arab who writes novels in Hebrew and a sitcom in Arabic. A contradiction? Maybe. But his newest book is a good look at an often-overlooked segment of the Israeli population.

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of July 24, 2014 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:03:19 -0400 
    Scott Anderson's Lawrence in Arabia recounts how a handful of adventurers and low-level officers shaped the Arab Revolt during World War I. It appears at No. 9.

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of July 24, 2014 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:03:19 -0400 
    Appearing at No. 11, Amy Tan's The Valley Of Amazement spans two continents and more than four decades as it explores the connection between an American mother and her half-Chinese daughter.

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of July 24, 2014 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:03:19 -0400 
    Debuting at No. 12, Vicki Constantine Croke's Elephant Company tells the story of an English soldier who used elephants to undermine Japanese occupation of Burma during World War II.

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of July 24, 2014 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:03:19 -0400 
    The final book of Deborah Harkness' All Souls trilogy, The Book of Life, follows a supernatural couple searching for a mysterious, ancient book. It debuts at No. 1.

NPR Bestsellers: Week Of July 24, 2014 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:03:19 -0400 
    The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

Book News: Amazon Reports Big Quarterly Loss 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:09:00 -0400 
    Also: Brian McGreevy on horror writer Angela Carter; why poetry and computer engineering go together.
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