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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of May 29, 2014 : NPR

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Reading to Feed the Soul

Anybody who says they don't like to read just hasn't discovered their guilty pleasure yet. I love a book where the story is so good you forget you're reading. I don't care what it's about. If it's well told and interesting, you got me. The only thing that makes it more perfect is to be in my …

Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”: Just the Gay Parts

This weekend marks the 195th birthday of arguably the most American of American poets, Walt Whitman. Equally beloved and hated by literature students …

A Satire Of Literary Prizes Reveals A World Of Insanity

The Man Booker Prize is given in England each year to "the best novel in the opinion of the judges." And if you're the gambling type, you can place bets on who you think will win. At one point in 2013, the U.K. gambling service Ladbroke's set betting odds on Harvest by Jim Crace at 6/4; The …

With Possible Theme Park, 'Hunger Games' May Live Beyond Final Film

The movie studio Lionsgate is exploring the possibility of a theme park based on <i>The Hunger Games</i> films and books. To test the idea's viability, the company announced that it will launch a <i>Hunger Games</i> exhibition at museums around the country next summer.

The best advice author Claire Battershill has ever received

B.C.-born Claire Battershill is both a highly accomplished academic and the author of fiction that has been nominated for multiple awards. Her debut collection, <i>Circus</i>, came out in April.<p><b>Why did you write your new book?</b><p>The title story in the collection, <i>Circus</i>, was the first short story I ever …

The 10 Simple Word Swaps That Will Change Your Life

The words you use are more powerful than you imagine. Most people greet each other with words that have no power. Think of the last time you heard someone else (or even yourself) respond to a greeting of "How are you?" with "Oh, I am doing so-so," "Hanging in there," "I'm surviving" or "Not too …

How a family was built on the basis of forgiveness

One early morning in 2009, Mark Sakamoto, a 31-year-old Toronto lawyer at the time, attends his first meeting as a member of then-Opposition Leader Michael Ignatieff's staff.<p>The meeting in Parliament's Centre Block ends. The team heads for breakfast. Mr. Ignatieff points to the boardroom next door …

Secrets Exposed (Tall, Dark & Deadly series) - Introduction

YOU ARE READING<p>Secrets Exposed (Tall, Dark & Deadly series)<p>Her enemy is her passion, her passion is her enemy… Lindsey Paxton was once the number one …

Benedict Cumberbatch brings romantic letters to life

Benedict Cumberbatch was the star of the show at a Hay Festival reading celebrating the lost art of letter writing<p>If you want to know what modern celebrity looks like, then studying the queue snaking round the Hay Festival to watch Benedict Cumberbatch would give you a good idea.<p>The largest tent on …

The Secret History of the 2nd Amendment

Michael Waldman’s history of the most ambiguous part of the Bill of Rights covers 200 years of uneventful jurisprudence. Then in 2008, everything …

The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, May 31, 2014

From the origins of the religious right to the mind-bending corruption of Italian politics, the Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the …

5 Facts You Didn't Know About the Burt Behind Burt's Bees

The wild-haired man on the Burt's Bees logo not only has a last name—it's Shavitz—he has a pretty fascinating life story, too. The new documentary <i>Burt's Buzz,</i> out June 6, gives us a rare glimpse at possibly the most idiosyncratic success story in the beauty business. I caught a screening of the …

Staff Obsessions: The Discontinued Products That Have Stuck with Us

It always happens. The minute you find your dream product—the cleanser that can exfoliate your face like never before or the lipstick that just makes …

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Breaking News: Hot Model Knows She's Hot

Have you noticed that nobody who's actually hot says they're hot? You just don't hear Angelina Jolie bragging about her lips, or Karlie Kloss gushing about her superhuman legs. Hotness is like Fight Club: You just don't talk about it. Unless you're supermodel Candice Swanepoel.<p>The South African …

I had my tubes tied! Could I be pregnant?

Q: I had my tubes tied 8 1/2 years ago. I recently took a home test and it came back positive but the line was faint. My cycle lasted a few days starting a light color turning to a brownish color. Now my breasts are extremely tender, tired, and I feel what feels like gas but more of a flutter. Is …

The Sudden Need For a 4th Grade Sex Talk

We had a sex talk plan.<p>That plan was to wait.<p>Wait until 4th grade was over. Wait until the summer break between 4th and 5th grade had arrived. Wait until we could have the reproductive health, er, sex talk with our 10-year-old at a leisurely pace and without any nuggets or zingers from it seeping …

Stages of Pregnancy Week by Week

Let our pregnancy week by week calendar guide you through the various stages of pregnancy right up until birth. We take you from the exciting time you first discover you're pregnant, through the uncomfortable stages of morning sickness. We'll help you pick a baby name, decorate your nursery, pack …

Spider Evolution Should Make You Even More Terrified Of Spiders

You probably only think of spiders as the horrible venomous arachnids that use two of their legs to pry open your eyelids so they can inject your …

The Amazing Placenta

A placenta is less an organ contained and owned by a mother than it is one temporarily leasing space in her body. An object lesson.<p>I had not given much thought to placentas until the one inside me refused to come out. I’d never thought of the placenta as an object that had agency, let alone its own …

Get Pregnant Faster: Your 7-Step Plan

Ready to conceive now? You'll want to put some planning behind your baby-making. Follow these tips on ways to get pregnant fast.<p>Have you been popping those little white pills since high school? Take a pass on your prescription a few months before you plan to start trying, says Christopher Williams, …

10 Ways to Boost Your Odds of Getting Pregnant

Some women get pregnant effortlessly; others spend months or even years trying to conceive. Why? Experts concede it's still largely a mystery.<p>"We …

In Pregnancy, What You Eat May Be As Important As What You Don't

A new study on diet and pregnancy suggests that what you eat when you are expecting is as important as what you don’t.<p>Women who ate plenty of fruits and vegetables and who tried to drink water instead of soft drinks were less likely to have premature babies than women who ate more “Western” diets, …