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An Intergalactic Adventure Winds To A Close In 'Ancillary Mercy' 
  Mon, 05 Oct 2015 07:03:35 -0400 
    Ann Leckie's powerhouse space-opera trilogy followed a soldier out to bring down a galactic empress. Critic Genevieve Valentine says the final volume is rich in detail, and a fitting capstone.

Punk Icon Patti Smith Releases Second Memoir: 'M Train' 
  Mon, 05 Oct 2015 05:06:00 -0400 
    Singer Patti Smith's latest book is a poetic, free flowing memoir called M Train. In 2010, her memoir Just Kids — about her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe — won the National Book Award.

From Solitary To Stardom On The Court: What It Means To Be 'Tuff' 
  Sun, 04 Oct 2015 17:30:00 -0400 
    Before his success in the NBA, Caron Butler overcame a rocky youth in the inner city. Drugs and violence nearly derailed him — but, as he writes in a new memoir, he managed a dramatic turnaround.

Too-Insidery 'Razzle' Sadly Doesn't Dazzle 
  Sun, 04 Oct 2015 10:03:37 -0400 
    Theater critic Michael Riedel dishes some juicy backstage anecdotes in his new book about Broadway's Shubert Organization, but fails to bring its deal-makers and their troubles to convincing life.

In Trove Of Kids' Book Treasures, A Glimpse Of The Work Behind The Magic 
  Sun, 04 Oct 2015 08:55:00 -0400 
    Once a doctor's hobby, the Kerlan Collection is now one of the world's great collections of children's literature. Over 100,000 books offer visitors a chance to see the writer's process — for free.

New Take On Old Tale: Novelist Retells King David's Story 
  Sun, 04 Oct 2015 08:14:00 -0400 
    Geraldine Brooks is a Pulitzer Prize winning historical novelist. Her latest book "The Secret Chord," tells the story of King David. NPR's Rachel Martin spoke to her about her conception of the flawed king.

Where There's A Will: Shakespeare Remixed In 'The Gap Of Time' 
  Sun, 04 Oct 2015 08:14:00 -0400 
    You've heard of cover songs — now, a group of authors are writing cover plays, retelling the works of Shakespeare in their own words. Jeanette Winterson leads off, reimagining The Winter's Tale.

'M Train' Is A Poetic Journey Through Life And Loss 
  Sun, 04 Oct 2015 07:00:00 -0400 
    Patti Smith's new memoir is a dreamy, elegiac recollection of loved ones gone too soon, energized by her interests and travels. It jumps in time, from her husband's death in 1994 to Hurricane Sandy.

Swordswoman, Opera Singer, Runaway: 'Goddess' Chronicles A Fabled Life 
  Sat, 03 Oct 2015 08:09:02 -0400 
    Author Kelly Gardiner's new novel is a fictionalized version of the life of Julie d'Aubigny, a swashbuckling 17th-century fencer-turned-opera singer whose exploits often seem stranger than fiction.

What Would Julia Child Do? Jacques Pépin Says: Add More Butter 
  Sat, 03 Oct 2015 08:09:00 -0400 
    In a conversation with NPR's Scott Simon, Jacques Pépin reflects on his extraordinary 60-year career, his dear friend Julia Child and how not to let good cheese leftovers go to waste.

A Hidden — But Quietly Influential — Life In 'Rosemary' 
  Sat, 03 Oct 2015 08:09:00 -0400 
    Rosemary was the lost Kennedy daughter; disabled from birth, she was left profoundly damaged after a lobotomy at the age of 23. But she had a lasting influence on her family's charitable projects.

The Mysteries Of Family, Captured In 'Invisible Ink' 
  Sat, 03 Oct 2015 07:03:36 -0400 
    Cartoonist Bill Griffith discovered as an adult that his mother had had a 16-year affair with another man, also a cartoonist. In Invisible Ink, he digs into the secrets surrounding his family.

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of October 1, 2015 
  Fri, 02 Oct 2015 18:03:46 -0400 
    Jen Sincero's You Are a Badass appears at No. 6.

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of October 1, 2015 
  Fri, 02 Oct 2015 18:03:46 -0400 
    Celeste Ng's Everything I Never Told You appears at No. 4.

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of October 1, 2015 
  Fri, 02 Oct 2015 18:03:46 -0400 
    Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic debuts at No. 2.
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