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For Wintry Weather, An Especially Cold And Snowy Tale 
  Fri, 26 Dec 2014 16:26:10 -0500 
    This week we celebrated not only Christmas, but also the solstice — the shortest day of the year. In honor of this wintry weather, author Edward Carey recommends his favorite winter fairy tale.

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of December 25, 2014 
  Fri, 26 Dec 2014 16:03:18 -0500 
    Daniel James Brown's The Boys in the Boat, about an American rowing team at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, appears at No. 3.

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of December 25, 2014 
  Fri, 26 Dec 2014 16:03:18 -0500 
    Inherent Vice, a psychedelic noir by Thomas Pynchon, appears at No. 14.

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of December 25, 2014 
  Fri, 26 Dec 2014 16:03:18 -0500 
    Monty Python comic John Cleese's memoir, So, Anyway ..., debuts at No. 15.

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of December 25, 2014 
  Fri, 26 Dec 2014 16:03:18 -0500 
    Mary Oliver's Blue Horses, a book of poetry about the unaffected beauty of nature, appears at No. 11.

NPR Bestsellers: Week Of December 25, 2014 
  Fri, 26 Dec 2014 16:03:18 -0500 
    The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

Book News: Egypt Bans Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' For 'Historical Inaccuracies' 
  Fri, 26 Dec 2014 12:55:00 -0500 
    Censors say the film takes liberties with its source material, the Book of Exodus, especially its depiction of the parting of the Red Sea. Also: American Sniper prepares to return to court.

Demand For Audio Books Keeps Penguin Random House Recording 
  Thu, 25 Dec 2014 04:52:00 -0500 
    Audiobooks as we know them have been around for about 25 years. But the form really took off when MP3 players like the iPod came out.

The Perfect Family Book List 
  Wed, 24 Dec 2014 16:25:00 -0500 
    For the holidays, critic Alan Cheuse is making up a list of books to give to each of his family members. Only the best of 2014 for them. Here are his picks.

Book News: It's Snowing Poet Laureates 
  Wed, 24 Dec 2014 10:43:00 -0500 
    North Carolina named Shelby Stephenson its new poet laureate, just days after Ohio established a post for its own state poet. Massachusetts may not be too far behind.

In Seattle, Maurice Sendak's 'Wild' 'Nutcracker' Reaches Its Final Act 
  Tue, 23 Dec 2014 18:58:00 -0500 
    For more than 30 years, the Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker has used sets and costumes designed by the author of Where the Wild Things Are. This year, the ballet is retiring the production.

Book News: For A Deeper Sleep, Forgo The E-Reader Before Bed 
  Tue, 23 Dec 2014 10:37:00 -0500 
    A new study finds that people who read print books at bedtime fall asleep easier — and sleep better — than those who use an e-reader. Also: JRR Tolkien may have survived war due to a timely illness.

Book News: George R.R. Martin Rails Against Sony's 'Corporate Cowardice' 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:58:00 -0500 
    The Game of Thrones author has blasted the studio for canceling its release of The Interview, offering to screen the film himself at his own movie theater.

Beyond The Bird On It: 'Twee Is About Shopping' 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:05:00 -0500 
    Cutesy, homespun goods that combine old-fashioned and modern aesthetics are proliferating. But don't be mistaken: There's a powerful economic force behind it all, says author Marc Spitz.

Smashing Snow Globes: A Writer On Essays, Novels And Translation 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:00:00 -0500 
    Valeria Luiselli, who was born in Mexico City and lives now in Harlem, released two slim, multinational books this year: the essay collection Sidewalks and her time-jumping novel Faces in the Crowd.
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