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Sip It Slowly, And Other Lessons From The Oldest Tea Book In The World 
  Tue, 26 May 2015 17:40:00 -0400 
    Over 800 years before tea was known in the West, a Chinese master penned the The Classic of Tea. In it, he blends the practical with the spiritual and emphasizes rituals from cultivation to drinking.


Prolific Fantasy And Science-Fiction Writer Tanith Lee Has Died 
  Tue, 26 May 2015 16:00:00 -0400 
    Lee wrote dozens of books, including Don't Bite The Sun and Death's Master -- the latter of which was part of her popular Flat Earth series. She was 67.


A Neurosurgeon Reflects On The 'Awe And Mystery' Of The Brain 
  Tue, 26 May 2015 14:30:00 -0400 
    In his memoir Do No Harm, Henry Marsh confesses to the uncertainties he's dealt with as a surgeon, revisits his triumphs and failures and reflects on the enigmas of the brain and consciousness.


Lovely Illustrations From The Story Of A Black Boy Who Dreams Of Going To Mars 
  Tue, 26 May 2015 12:39:00 -0400 
    The authors — who are black and queer — didn't see a lot of kids like them in children's books growing up. They wanted to help change that.


Learning To Love, And Forgive, In Brilliant 'Day' 
  Tue, 26 May 2015 07:03:00 -0400 
    Mat Johnson's funny, humane new novel follows a biracial man coming to terms with his identity — and the daughter he never knew about. Michael Schaub calls it a "beautiful, triumphant miracle."


Post-Ron Swanson, Nick Offerman Has The 'Gumption' To Be Himself 
  Sun, 24 May 2015 18:10:00 -0400 
    "I've never accused myself of being manly," Offerman says, noting his real-life persona is different from his Parks and Recreation character. His book is a set of essays about people who inspire him.


Novelist Mat Johnson Explores The 'Optical Illusion' Of Being Biracial 
  Sun, 24 May 2015 07:27:00 -0400 
    Johnson, the son of an African-American mother and an Irish-American father, has just written Loving Day, a funny, sometimes absurd look at what it means to grow up mixed heritage in the U.S.


Friendship, Magic And Danger Blossom In 'Uprooted' 
  Sun, 24 May 2015 07:03:00 -0400 
    Naomi Novik's latest is a reworked "Beauty and the Beast," with a powerful female friendship at its heart. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls it "moving, heartbreaking, and thoroughly satisfying."


This Weekend, Navigate The Changing World Of 'Vikram Lall' 
  Sun, 24 May 2015 05:45:34 -0400 
    M.G. Vassanji's book, The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, wrestles with questions of identity in a story about a young Indian boy coming of age in 1950s Kenya, a time of great political unrest.


What If The Drought Doesn't End? 'The Water Knife' Is One Possibility 
  Sat, 23 May 2015 21:48:00 -0400 
    It's Chinatown meets Mad Max in writer Paolo Bacigalupi's new desert dystopia, filled with climate refugees, powerful state border patrols, and secret agents called water knives.


'Mislaid' Punctures Notions Of Gender And Race 
  Sat, 23 May 2015 07:54:00 -0400 
    In Nell Zink's new book, Mislaid, a young woman marries her male professor. It's 1965. She likes women; he likes men. What follows is a biting satire about gender, race and sexuality.


'Dietland': A 'Fight Club' For Women That Reclaims The Word 'Fat' 
  Sat, 23 May 2015 07:54:00 -0400 
    Sarai Walker's new novel centers on Alicia "Plum" Kettle, a 20-something writer who's saving up for weight loss surgery when she joins an underground feminist collective.


The Fireworks Of 'Illusionarium' Never Quite Feel Real 
  Sat, 23 May 2015 07:03:00 -0400 
    Heather Dixon's novel is a rough roller-coaster of magic and conspiracy, centered on a boy battling a deadly plague. Reviewer Tasha Robinson says it seems more like a movie treatment than a book.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of May 21, 2015 
  Fri, 22 May 2015 16:03:21 -0400 
    Things That Matter, a collection of essays from conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, appears at No. 9.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of May 21, 2015 
  Fri, 22 May 2015 16:03:21 -0400 
    Ruth Reichl tells a story of food, love and redemption in Delicious!, which appears at No. 15.
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