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'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:33:00 -0500 
    This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of December 18, 2014 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:03:19 -0500 
    In Brain On Fire, Susannah Cahalan shares her experience of being hospitalized for one horrific month because of a rare disease. It appears at No. 12.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of December 18, 2014 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:03:19 -0500 
    Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend follows friends Elena and Lila as they grow up in mid-century Naples, Italy. It appears at No. 13.


NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of December 18, 2014 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:03:19 -0500 
    Walter Isaacson tells the stories of the people who helped create modern computers in The Innovators. It appears at No. 13.


NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of December 18, 2014 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:03:19 -0500 
    Anita Diamant's The Boston Girl tells the story of a Jewish girl born in 1900 to immigrant parents in Boston. It debuts at No. 9.


NPR Bestsellers: Week Of December 18, 2014 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:03:19 -0500 
    The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.


Book News: Macmillan Inks Deal With Amazon, But Doesn't Sound Happy About It 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:07:00 -0500 
    The publisher makes peace with Amazon — and takes the opportunity to vent some frustration. Also: Paulo Coelho offers to buy The Interview off Sony.


Playlist: Writers On Writing 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:38:09 -0500 
    In this playlist, TED speakers explore the nature of creativity, the source of a good story, and the impact of the written word.


3 Business Best-Sellers Show Inequality Is Now The Hot Topic 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:03:00 -0500 
    Many business books try to help you get rich quick. But three of 2014's biggest sellers focused on unfairness and inequality. Economists say expect more: Books on inequality are riding a huge wave.


5 Under-The-Radar Reads From Librarian Nancy Pearl 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0500 
    Pearl shares the books she loved this year that you might not have heard of. Her list includes a Hollywood satire, two thrillers, a young adult novel and a nonfiction book about World War I.


Book News: The Future Of The Public Library May Lie In The Coffee Shop 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:42:00 -0500 
    A long-awaited review of public libraries in the U.K. calls for them to expand digital services and offer a "retail-standard environment" akin to coffee shops.


Author Of 'Clifford' Children's Books Dies At 86 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:11:57 -0500 
    The creator of Clifford The Big, Red Dog died last Friday . Norman Bridwell wrote about 150 Clifford books that were translated into 13 languages and sold nearly 130 million copies.


Between World Wars, Gay Culture Flourished In Berlin 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:12:00 -0500 
    In Gay Berlin, Robert Beachy describes the rise of a gay subculture in the 1920s and '30s, how it contributed to our understanding of gay identity and how it was eradicated by the Nazis.


Book News: Sci-Fi Writer Signs On As 'Chief Futurist' For Secretive Startup 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:53:00 -0500 
    Neal Stephenson, author of Snow Crash, said he'll be assuming the role at the augmented reality company Magic Leap, which recently landed $542 million in investments from Google and other tech giants.


25 Years Ago, 'Darkness Visible' Broke Ground Detailing Depression 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:04:00 -0500 
    Renee Montagne talks to writer Andrew Solomon, who has chronicled his own battle with depression, about how William Styron's work opened up discussions of mental illness.
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