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Featured August 30, 2015
on All Things Considered

Everything, Everything Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything
by Nicola Yoon

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This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more. My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have Read More »



Featured August 30, 2015
on All Things Considered

The Butler Wil Haygood

The Butler
by Wil Haygood

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A Witness to History

From Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellow Wil Haygood comes a mesmerizing inquiry into the life of Eugene Allen, the butler who ignited a nation's imagination and inspired a major motion picture: Lee Daniels' The Butler, the highly anticipated film that stars six Oscar winners, including Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey (honorary and nominee), Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Redgrave, and Robin Williams; as well as Oscar nominee Terrence Howard Read More »



Featured August 30, 2015
on CBS Sunday Morning
Death of author

Hallucinations Oliver Sacks

Hallucinations
by Oliver Sacks

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Have you ever seen something that wasn’t really there? Heard someone call your name in an empty house? Sensed someone following you and turned around to find nothing?

Hallucinations don’t belong wholly to the insane. Much more commonly, they are linked to sensory deprivation, intoxication, illness, or injury. People with migraines may see shimmering arcs of light or tiny, Lilliputian figures of animals and people. People with failing eyesight, paradoxically, may Read More »



Featured August 30, 2015
on CBS Sunday Morning

Katrina Gary Rivlin

Katrina
by Gary Rivlin

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After the Flood

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in southeast Louisiana—on August 29, 2005—journalist Gary Rivlin traces the storm’s immediate damage, the city of New Orleans’s efforts to rebuild itself, and the storm’s lasting effects not just on the city’s geography and infrastructure—but on the psychic, racial, and social fabric of one of this nation’s great cities.

Much of New Orleans still sat under water the Read More »



Featured August 30, 2015
on Weekend Edition Sunday

Underground In Berlin Marie Jalowicz Simon

Underground In Berlin
by Marie Jalowicz Simon

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A Young Woman's Extraordinary Tale of Survival in the Heart of Nazi Germany

A thrilling piece of undiscovered history, this is the true account of a young Jewish woman who survived World War II in Berlin. In 1941, Marie Jalowicz Simon, a nineteen-year-old Berliner, made an extraordinary decision. All around her, Jews were being rounded up for deportation, forced labor, and extermination. Marie took off her yellow star, turned her back on the Jewish community, and vanished into the city. In the years that Read More »



Featured August 30, 2015
on Weekend Edition Sunday
Death of author

Hallucinations Oliver Sacks

Hallucinations
by Oliver Sacks

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Have you ever seen something that wasn’t really there? Heard someone call your name in an empty house? Sensed someone following you and turned around to find nothing?

Hallucinations don’t belong wholly to the insane. Much more commonly, they are linked to sensory deprivation, intoxication, illness, or injury. People with migraines may see shimmering arcs of light or tiny, Lilliputian figures of animals and people. People with failing eyesight, paradoxically, may Read More »



Featured August 30, 2015
on Weekend Edition Sunday

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Oliver Sacks

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat
by Oliver Sacks

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And Other Clinical Tales

In his most extraordinary book, "one of the great clinical writers of the 20th century" (The New York Times) recounts the case histories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders. Oliver Sacks's The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who Read More »



Featured August 30, 2015
on Weekend Edition Sunday

On the Move Oliver Sacks

On the Move
by Oliver Sacks

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When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report: “Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far.” It is now abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going. From its opening pages on his youthful obsession with motorcycles and speed, On the Move is infused with his restless energy. As he recounts his experiences as a young neurologist in the early 1960s, first in California Read More »



Featured August 29, 2015
on Weekend Edition Saturday

A Clue to the Exit Edward St. Aubyn

A Clue to the Exit
by Edward St. Aubyn

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A beautifully modulated novel that shows Edward St. Aubyn at his sparkling best Charlie Fairburn, successful screenwriter, ex-husband, and absent father, has been given six months to live. He resolves to stake half his fortune on a couple of turns of the roulette wheel and, to his agent's disgust, to write a novel-about death. In the casino he meets his muse. Charlie grows as addicted to writing fiction as she Read More »



Featured August 29, 2015
on Weekend Edition Saturday

Steering the Craft Ursula K. Le Guin

Steering the Craft
by Ursula K. Le Guin

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A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story

A revised and updated guide to the essentials of a writer’s craft, presented by a brilliant practitioner of the art Completely revised and rewritten to address the challenges and opportunities of the modern era, this handbook is a short, deceptively simple guide to the craft of writing. Le Guin lays out ten chapters that address the most fundamental components of narrative, from the sound of language to sentence construction to point of Read More »



Featured August 26, 2015
on News at 4: Wednesday Reads

A Remarkable Kindness Diana Bletter

A Remarkable Kindness
by Diana Bletter

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Through a largely hidden ceremony . . . four friends discover the true meaning of life It's 2006 in a seaside village in Israel, where a war is brewing. Lauren, Emily, Aviva and Rachel, four memorable women from different backgrounds, are drawn to the village. Lauren, a maternity nurse, loves her Israeli doctor husband but struggles to make a home for herself in a foreign land thousands of miles away from her beloved Boston. Seeking Read More »



Featured August 26, 2015
on News at 4: Wednesday Reads

In the Dark Places Peter Robinson

In the Dark Places
by Peter Robinson

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An Inspector Banks Novel

Louise Penny calls IN THE DARK PLACES "brilliant." Tess Gerritsen says it's "thrilling." And Michael Connelly describes Peter Robinson as "amazing." One of the world's greatest suspense writers returns with this sensational new novel featuring Inspector Alan Banks, hailed by Michael Connelly as "a man for all seasons." It's a double mystery: Two young men have vanished, and the investigation leads to two troubling clues in two different locations. As Read More »

The latest in the Yorkshire crime series is vividly compelling




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