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NPR Books Watch — 6/4-6/10

One of these weeks I’m going to get around to a “real” post.  Until then …


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, genre, 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.

* indicates the interview is a rebroadcast.


TOTAL book stories for the past week: 23 (23 last week)

All Things Considered: 4 (5  LW)

Diane Rehm: 3 (4 LW)

Fresh Air: 4 (5  LW)

Morning Edition: 3 (1  LW) 4 (2  LW)

Talk of the Nation: 1 (5 LW)

Tell Me More: 0 (0 LW)

Weekend Edition Saturday: 1 (0 LW)

Weekend Edition Sunday: 3 (1 LW)

All Things Considered Theodore Boone John Grisham
All Things Considered Mosque in Munich, A Ian  Johnson
All Things Considered Passage, The Justin Cronin
All Things Considered Blood Oath Christopher Farnsworth
All Things Considered You Must Read This … / Amongst Women John McGahern
Diane Rehm Red Thread, The* Ann Hood
Diane Rehm 52 Loaves William Alexander
Diane Rehm Freedom is Not Enough James Patterson
Fresh Air Bad Mother* Ayelet Waldman
Fresh Air Broke, USA Gary Rivlin
Fresh Air Colossus Michael  Hiltzik
Fresh Air Seaworthy Linda Greenlaw
Morning Edition Globish Robert McCrum
Morning Edition 2010 Summer Books    
Morning Edition Facebook Effect David Kirkpatrick Seaworthy Linda Greenlaw Historical Fiction: The Ultimate Summer Getaway Hitch-22 Christopher Hitchens Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, The Aimee Bender
Talk of the Nation Being Wrong Kathryn  Schulz
Weekend Edition Saturday Hitch-22 Christopher Hitchens
Weekend Edition Sunday Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, The Aimee Bender
Weekend Edition Sunday Trickster Matt  Dembicki 
Weekend Edition Sunday Titanic Awards Doug Lansky

June 11, 2010 - Posted by | NPR Books Watch | , , , , , , ,


  1. As they say in the old South, what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander….you reviewed Hampton Sides book “Hellhound on his Trail,” a terribly inaccurate and poorly written piece on James Earl Ray, surely you must review last year’s book “The 13th Juror, The Official Transcript of the Martin Luther King Assassination Civil Conspiracy Trial,” on Amazon books and throught the website It is not only factual…it is completely under oath, subject to perjury, a first ever (trial transcript in book form. Why are there not more?) and with the ability to cast your verdict online at the conclusino as the proverbial 13th juror. Please advise why this isn’t and hasn’t been reviewed.

    Comment by brian dominski | June 11, 2010 | Reply

    • Actually, I don’t review any books on this blog — I simply report on what the national NPR shows have covered. I wish I could say why books are or are not covered, but the hosts and producers are the only ones who can answer those questions.

      Comment by Yen | June 11, 2010 | Reply

  2. I never heard about some of these books but I like the fact that you report on what they are about, cometimes I get stuck and need ideas on what to read next, I will bookmark your blog and tell my classmates about it, some of these sound intriguing,
    thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Joseph Lira | June 21, 2010 | Reply

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