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'Happy' Isn't So Happy, But It Packs A Punch 
  Sun, 01 Feb 2015 15:03:17 -0500 
    Novelist and playwright Yasmina Reza's new book is a slim collection of interlocking stories that's confusing but compelling. Reviewer Nishant Dahiya says it crackles with emotion and playfulness.

Are Danes Really That Happy? The Myth Of The Scandinavian Utopia 
  Sun, 01 Feb 2015 07:36:00 -0500 
    Are the Nordic countries really the utopias they're cracked up to be? NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Michael Booth about his new book that attempts to answer that question.

'History Of Loneliness' Explores The Complexity Of Priest Sex Abuse 
  Sun, 01 Feb 2015 07:32:00 -0500 
    A History of Loneliness addresses the difficult subject of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with author John Boyne about his novel.

Be More Awesome — With Help From Kid President 
  Sun, 01 Feb 2015 05:36:00 -0500 
    Kid President (aka 11-year-old Robby Novak) is an Internet sensation whose sunny, personality-driven YouTube videos have garnered over 75 million views. Now, he's written a book on how to be awesome.

Impressions From The Ice: A Poet Returns From Antarctica 
  Sat, 31 Jan 2015 17:04:02 -0500 
    Jynne Dilling Martin spent six weeks living on the bottom of the world and watching scientists work. The experience inspired many of the poems in her new collection, We Mammals in Hospitable Times.

Prime Minister Loses His Noggin But Keeps Talking In 'Head Of State' 
  Sat, 31 Jan 2015 07:35:00 -0500 
    Who says a beheaded man can't still be head of state? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with British journalist, author and TV host Andrew Marr about his novel, Head of State.

Rod McKuen, The Cheeseburger To Poetry's Haute Cuisine 
  Sat, 31 Jan 2015 07:35:00 -0500 
    Poet Rod McKuen was loved by millions but mocked by literary critics. He died this week at age 81.

A Mismatched Crew Dreams Of Swashbuckling In 'We Are Pirates' 
  Sat, 31 Jan 2015 07:35:00 -0500 
    Acclaimed writer Daniel Handler, a.k.a. Lemony Snickett, drew criticism last year for a racist comment at a literary event. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Handler about his new novel, We Are Pirates.

Amiri Baraka Didn't Worry About His Politics Overpowering His Poetry 
  Sat, 31 Jan 2015 07:35:00 -0500 
    "The real hallmark of an effective political artist is that the politics is accepted with the art," said Baraka. A new career-spanning anthology collects his work from 1961 to 2013. He died in 2014.

8 Picture Books You Don't Have To Be A Kid To Love 
  Sat, 31 Jan 2015 07:03:16 -0500 
    Here at NPR Books, we may be grown-ups, but we still enjoy channeling our inner 7-year-olds. And this week, we have the perfect excuse: Monday's Caldecott Medal announcement for picture book artistry.

Remembering 'Thorn Birds' Author Colleen McCullough 
  Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:36:00 -0500 
    Australian writer Colleen McCullough has died at 77; she was best known for her doomed Outback romance saga The Thorn Birds, famously adapted for TV with Richard Chamberlain as a passionate priest.

The 'Man Who Touched His Own Heart' Changed Medicine 
  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:59:00 -0500 
    Melissa Block talks to Rob Dunn about his new book, The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, a history of science and medicine's efforts to understand the working of the human heart.

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of January 29, 2015 
  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:03:21 -0500 
    In How to Love, Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh instructs on the essentials of mindfulness practice and understanding the many different kinds of love. It appears at No. 14.

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of January 29, 2015 
  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:03:21 -0500 
    At No. 15, Chris Pavone's The Accident follows literary agent Isabel Reed as she races through a mysterious manuscript while the CIA simultaneously tries to bury the story.

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of January 29, 2015 
  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:03:20 -0500 
    Debuting at No. 14, Diane Muldrow's Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned From a Little Golden Book offers insights on the world of romance.
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