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NPR Books Watch — 12/12-12/18

Some of you have asked why certain shows are on this list and others aren’t.  First, the shows on this list are national; there are plenty of excellent local and regional shows that I don’t include simply because of the sheer number.  Second, for time-saving reasons on my part, I’ve only been following the shows that appear in the NPR Books RSS feed.  The upside is that this feed is a one-stop shop of the majority of national NPR books stories and it means I don’t have to trawl through the RSS feeds of individual shows; the downside, though, is that it doesn’t include certain national NPR shows like Diane Rehm, On Point or To the Best of Our Knowledge.

For the sake of providing a more complete picture of national books coverage, I’m going to try to include these other shows (although I may or may not continue depending on how much time it takes).  This week I have included numbers for Diane Rehm.


Here are the NPR interviews for this week. Anyone who emails me the imprints of all the books listed (or houses if no imprint is available) will win the NPR Books Grid for the prior week that includes, in addition to the information below, interviewer, pub date, imprint, post-interview Amazon ranking, pre-interview ranking (if the book was mentioned on Shelf Awareness and I was able to look up the number before the interview), and interview hyperlink.


TOTAL book stories for the week: 23

All Things Considered: 2

Book Tour: 1

Diane Rehm: 3

Fresh Air: 4

Morning Edition: 3 4

Talk of the Nation: 3

Tell Me More: 1

Weekend Edition Saturday: 2

All Things Considered Shadows at Dawn Karl Jacoby History
All Things Considered Words in Air Elizabeth Bishop Poetry
Book Tour Payback Margaret Atwood Business
Diane Rehm Man Who Invented Christmas Les  Standiford Literary Fiction
Diane Rehm My Father’s Paradise Ariel  Sabar Memoir
Diane Rehm Tales of Two Species Patricia McConnell Science
Fresh Air Milk Anne  Mendelson
Fresh Air Shadow of Sirius W.S. Merwin Poetry
Fresh Air Maureen Corrigan’s Best Books Of 2008
Fresh Air Full Burn Kevin Conley Entertainment
Morning Edition Doubt John Patrick Shanley Literary Fiction
Morning Edition Holiday Reading Tradition For The Whole Family
Morning Edition Falling for Science Sherry Turkle Science Best Collections Of Literary Letters 2008 World War II Writings A.J. Leibling History Elegance of the Hedgehog, The Muriel  Barbery Literary Fiction Best Superhero Graphic Novels Of 2008
Talk of the Nation Hungry Scientist Handbook Patrick  Buckley Science
Talk of the Nation Why We Buy Paco Underhill Business
Talk of the Nation Wishful Drinking Carrie Fisher Memoir
Tell Me More Moms Want Parenting Books For Christmas
Weekend Edition Saturday Family Planning Karan  Mahajan Literary Fiction
Weekend Edition Saturday Reza War and Peace Reza Deghati Photography

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