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Shelf Discovery

Dancing on the Head of a Pen: The Practice of a Writing Life

by Robert Benson

A charming, wise little book on writing that inspires as well as instructs.

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Half a King

by Joe Abercrombie

A rightful ruler cast out by his uncle forms a band of misfits in order to take back the throne.

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A Mouthful of Stars: A Constellation of Favorite Recipes from My World Travels

by Kim Sunée

A whimsical collection of recipes from around the globe from memoirist Kim Sunée.

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Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces

by Miles J. Unger

A dazzling and surprising art-biography of the great Michelangelo.

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The Actress

by Amy Sohn

An up-and-coming actress's twisted relationship with one of Tinseltown's biggest stars.

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Expecting

by Ann Lewis Hamilton

A debut novel about what happens when vials are accidentally switched at a fertility clinic.

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Dog Days of School

by Kelly DiPucchio, illus. by Brian Biggs

A comical tale of a boy, tired of school, who gets his wish to trade places with his dog.

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Shirley

by Susan Scarf Merrell

Shirley Jackson is brought back to life in a quietly disturbing tale worthy of its subject.

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Bricks & Mortals: Ten Great Buildings and the People They Made

by Tom Wilkinson

An insightful, accessible book that answers the question of whether bad people can make good buildings.

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Harlequin: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Media Heat

Monday, July 28, 2014

On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: John W. Dean, author of The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It (Viking, $35, 9780670025367).

On the Daily Show: Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother (Random House, $16, 9780812971781).

Thursday, July 24, 2014

On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Miles J. Unger, author of Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces (Simon & Schuster, $29.95, 9781451678741).

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: readers review Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Anchor, $15.95, 9780307455925).

On Fresh Air: Vint Virga, author of The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human (Broadway, $14.99, 9780307718877).

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

On Fresh Air: Arthur Allen, author of The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis (Norton, $26.95, 9780393081015).

Monday, July 21, 2014

On Fresh Air: Chris Tomlinson, author of Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families Who Share the Tomlinson Name--One White, One Black (Thomas Dunne Books, $26.99, 9781250005472).

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