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Publishers' Dilemma: Judge A Book By Its Data Or Trust The Editor's Gut?

Sophisticated ways of tracking reading habits give publishers hard data that reveals the kinds of books people want to read. But a veteran editor says numbers only go so far in telling the story.
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A Neuroscientist Explores The Illogical Behaviors Of The Mind In 'Idiot Brain'

Dean Burnett says the human brain is like a computer that files information in a way that defies logic. According to Burnett, brains can alter memory, cause motion sickness and affect intelligence.
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A Conversation With Author Jonathan Franzen

Fifteen years ago Jonathan Franzen became a literary sensation with his novel, "The Corrections." The novels "Freedom" and "Purity" came next. Jonathan Franzen on his life, career and his persona as a curmudgeon.

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Beyond 'Bright Lights': Jay McInerney Reveals The Trials Of A 'Perfect Couple'

McInerney became famous in the 1980s for his semi-autobiographical novel about a hard-partying young man in Manhattan. His new book, Bright, Precious Days, probes the challenges of a lasting marriage.
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Megan Abbott's Latest Novel: 'You Will Know Me'

Do we really know those we're closest to? The riveting book "You Will Know Me," set in the world of competitive gymnastics, suggests not. NPR's Elise Hu speaks with author Megan Abbott.
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Midnight Release Party Summons Muggles For Eighth Harry Potter Installment

The latest book in J.K. Rowling's series, really a script for a play, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," went on sale at midnight. We check in with fans who lined up, wands in hand, to get a copy.
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'Picturing Children' Documents African-American Childhoods

The National Museum of African American History and Culture's founding director Lonnie Bunch talks about a new book that features photos from the museum's collection. The museum opens in September.
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Dentist Protagonists In Literature

Last week on the show author Dave Eggers and Scott Simon agreed that they couldn't think of any protagonists in fiction who are dentists. This week we have a correction, and literary dentist readings.
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Russian Hacking, Spies, Wikileaks: "Breaking Cover" Has A Lot In Common With The Week In Politics

Former M15 boss Dame Stella Rimington talks with Scott Simon about her new book, and her previous career in espionage.
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'I'm Supposed To Protect You From All This' Is Memoir Fraught With Mystery

Nadja Spiegelman — daughter of graphic novelist Art Spiegelman and New Yorker art editor Françoise Mouly — has written a memoir about her mother, her grandmother, and their flawed family memories.

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