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Start Storing Up: Indie Booksellers Pick Summer's Best Reads

NPR's Susan Stamberg asked three of our go-to independent booksellers to help fill our beach bags with good books. The result is a reading list that's all about youth and ritual.
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Book News: Neruda's Death? Experts Say The Assassin Didn't Do It

Also: Leon Panetta is writing a book; Alexander McCall Smith buys some islands.
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Hello Muddah, Hello Drama: The Brief Bloom Of Parodist Allan Sherman

Sherman worked a tight niche: classic songs rewritten to tickle a Jewish audience's funny bone. A new biography, Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman, explains how the performer's 1960s crossover fell in line with a collective awakening to ethnic identity in America.
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Book News: Apple Vs. DOJ As Ebook Price-Fixing Trial Begins

Also: the Women's Prize gets a new sponsor; the best books coming out this week.
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Sushi Chef Was Confidant To North Korea's Kim Jong Il

Little is known about the men who have led North Korea. But one person with great insights into Kim Jong Il and his successor Kim Jong Un is a Japanese sushi chef. He provided Kim Jong Il both sushi and loyalty for many years. Renee Montagne talks to novelist Adam Johnson about his encounter with the chef, which he writes about in the latest issue of GQ magazine.
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Trial To Start In Apple Price-Fixing Dispute

Apple appears in court Monday to face civil accusations by the Justice Department that it illegally conspired to fix e-book prices with other publishers. The government last year accused Apple of conspiring with five major publishers to raise prices for electronic books — something the government says has cost consumers many millions of dollars.
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Arthur Geisert's 'Thunderstorm' Celebrates Life On The Prairie

The award-winning children's book author has written more than two dozen books set in the American heartland. He's most famous for his intricate illustrations of the Midwest — sprawling prairie, family farms and his signature mischievous pigs.

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