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Disappearing Religions Charted In 'Heirs To Forgotten Kingdoms' 
  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:31:00 -0400 
    When Gerard Russell was a diplomat in the Middle East, he met followers of ancient religions facing extinction. His new book includes the origins of the Yazidis, who are fleeing the Islamic State.


Book News: Just Months In, A Publisher That Promised Innovation Ends Its Run 
  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:51:00 -0400 
    Atavist Books launched with aims of upending the print-first publishing model. Now it's announcing its plans to close. Meanwhile, partnerships between public libraries and airports are taking off.


Better Off Red: 'War Dogs' Puts Marines On Mars 
  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    Greg Bear's latest space adventure goes from the Earth to Mars and back again with a grizzled group of "Skyrines" (Sky Marines, get it?) on the trail of a mysterious alien treasure.


Among The Young And Privileged In North Korea 
  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:33:00 -0400 
    American journalist Suki Kim spent six months teaching English at a North Korean University that serves the sons of the elite. She chronicles her experience in a new book, Without You, There Is No Us.


Amazon Deal With Simon & Schuster Raises Questions For Other Publishers 
  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:27:00 -0400 
    Amazon has received a fair amount of bad press lately over its long-running dispute with the Hachette publishing house. So Monday's announcement of a deal with Simon & Schuster took some industry watchers by surprise.


You Definitely Need This Condo Pony, And Other Products From 'SkyMaul' 
  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:27:00 -0400 
    "The Hot Dog Clock" and "The Forever Diaper" are also must-haves. A San Francisco comedy group is once again poking fun at the in-flight catalog SkyMall.


Book News: Amazon Inks A Deal With A Publisher Not Named Hachette 
  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:07:00 -0400 
    The online retailer has reached a multiyear deal with Simon & Schuster, one of the "Big Five" U.S. publishers. Meanwhile, Amazon's pricing dispute with Hachette Book Group persists.


Who Is 'Limonov'? Not Even His Biographer Really Knows 
  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    A new biography of the Russian political prankster/author/revolutionary Edward Limonov asks what turns out to be an unanswerable question: What's Limonov thinking, and what does he really want?


From Sizzling Fajitas To The Super Bowl, How Sounds Help Sell 
  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:44:00 -0400 
    Joel Beckerman is a composer who specializes in sonic branding. His new book is called The Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy.


One Lawyer's Fight For Young Blacks And 'Just Mercy' 
  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:00:00 -0400 
    When police pulled a gun on Bryan Stevenson as he was sitting quietly in his car in Atlanta, he knew he had to effect change. His memoir describes his attempts, including freeing men on death row.


Book News: Toni Morrison's Collection Finds A Permanent Home At Princeton 
  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:30:00 -0400 
    The Nobel laureate taught at Princeton University for 17 years. Now, her papers — some 180 linear feet of them — are returning to be housed in the school's library. Also: a roundup of new releases.


There's Never A Dull Moment On This Trans-Siberian Adventure 
  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 04:23:00 -0400 
    Morning Edition's David Greene has taken this 6,000-mile ride twice. He shares his experience in the cramped third-class cars — borscht and all — in his new book, Midnight in Siberia.


Many Views Of Muhammad, As A Man And As A Prophet 
  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:01:00 -0400 
    In her new book, The Lives of Muhammad, Boston University professor Kecia Ali discusses the different ways that Muslim and non-Muslim biographers have depicted the prophet over the centuries.


Understanding Society Through 3 American Classics 
  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:43:00 -0400 
    NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Azar Nafisi about her new book, The Republic of Imagination, a reflection on America through three of its most memorable books.


Chef Ottolenghi Makes The Case For 'Plenty More' Vegetables 
  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:43:00 -0400 
    Israeli chef Yotam Ottolenghi talks with Rachel Martin about the difference between supermarket hummus and Middle Eastern hummus and why he doesn't like to call his cookbooks "vegetarian."
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