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NPR Books Watch — 8/20-8/26

I finally started the Hunger Games trilogy Tuesday night because I was just dying with curiosity to see why my publishing friends and colleagues were so obsessed.  I have to admit — I’m impressed.  The writing is tight, witty at times, and the story isn’t simply a clever send up of reality TV, but also a critique of many aspects of our lives.  (Sending our children to kill each other in an inhospitable landscape where they encounter deadly and unexpected situations only to have the victors return traumatized for life and turn to alcohol and drugs?  Wonder why that sounds so familiar.)

Two down, one to go …

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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.

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TOTAL book stories for the past week: 16 (28 last week)

All Things Considered: 3 (5 LW)

Diane Rehm: 1 (2 LW)

Fresh Air: 2 (4 LW)

Morning Edition: 1 (6  LW)

NPR.org: 3 (3 LW)

Talk of the Nation: 3 (2 LW)

Tell Me More: 0 (0 LW)

Weekend Edition Saturday: 2 (1 LW)

Weekend Edition Sunday: 1 (1 LW)

All Things Considered Frugal Superpower, The Michael Mandelbaum
All Things Considered Beyond Katrina Natasha Tretheway
All Things Considered How to Become a Scandal Laura Kipnis
Diane Rehm Relaxation Revolution Herbert Benson
Fresh Air Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other Scott Simon
Fresh Air Nobody’s Angel Jack Clark
Morning Edition Welcome to My Neighborhood Quiara Alegria Hudes
NPR.org You Lost Me There Rosencrans Baldwin
NPR.org Common as Air Lewis Hyde
NPR.org Freedom Jonathan Franzen
Talk of the Nation Exploring Happiness Sissela Bok
Talk of the Nation Spider Bones Kathy Reichs
Talk of the Nation Year of the Flood, The Margaret Atwood
Weekend Edition Sunday Tenth Parallel, The Eliza Griswold
Weekend Edition Sunday Memory Wall Anthony Doerr
Weekend Edition Saturday Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet David Mitchell

August 27, 2010 - Posted by | NPR Books Watch | , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. “…(Sending our children to kill each other in an inhospitable landscape where they encounter deadly and unexpected situations only to have the victors return traumatized for life and turn to alcohol and drugs? Wonder why that sounds so familiar.)”

    Sounds familiar, indeed,…Only been going on since the beginning of time…Looks like we would have learned a little something something along the way.

    Comment by John Austin | August 27, 2010 | Reply


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