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Best Books of 2017 : NPR

Use the filters below to explore more than 350 titles NPR staff and critics loved this year. (You can also combine filters!) Want even more recommendations? Check out our favorite books from 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008<p>Filter by: ו <i></i><br>Clear filters<br>• Staff Picks<br>• Biography & …

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25 Years Later, He Speaks To The Man Who Killed His Son

<b>Editor's note: This StoryCorps conversation was difficult to have, and may be hard for some listeners to hear and read.</b><p>Greg Gibson and Wayne Lo recently spoke for the first time in person at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Norfolk, a medium-security level prison for male inmates, but …

Maureen Corrigan Picks Books To Close Out A Chaotic 2017

For a chaotic year, I'm offering a chaotic "Best Books" list — but I think my list is chaotic in a good sense. These books zing off in all directions: They're fresh, unruly and dismissive of the canned and contrived.<p>You can't go wrong with any of these books. As one of Dashiell Hammett's dangerous …

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Large Disturbance At Cherry Hill Mall Leads To 5 Arrests: Police

A group of 700 to 1,000 juveniles were near the JC Penney wing of the mall.<p>CHERRY HILL, NJ — Five juveniles were arrested on charges ranging from …

Teens charged with murder after dropping sandbag off overpass

Four Ohio teens were charged with murder for allegedly throwing sandbags from a highway overpass as a part of a prank that left one man dead, police …

Crime

Two dogs killed a woman on Christmas Eve, authorities say. Her husband blames the owner.

A Kentucky man woke up on Christmas Eve morning to find his wife dead after authorities say she was attacked by a neighbor’s two dogs.<p>John Saylor told investigators in Bell County in southeastern Kentucky that he went out to his porch Sunday morning to look for his wife, Lorraine, who usually wakes …

Jesus Take The Wheel: Vegan Chef Anthony Milan Ross Posts Adorable Christmas Vid With Family…Murders Them 90 Minutes Later, Allegedly

<i>Image via MCT/Getty Images</i><p>Vegan Chef Anthony Milan Ross Arrested For Murdering His Family<p>Touted vegan chef Anthony Milan Ross was put in handcuffs …

Husband of murdered woman 'powerless' to solve the crime

Brandon Bevers told ABC News he is focused on helping his daughters "move past the pain" as police continue to search for a suspect in the death of …

Crime

Unresponsive Girl, 11, Dies After Philadelphia Sleepover: Cops​

Police said she was found unresponsive after a sleepover at about 10:17 a.m. Wednesday and was pronounced dead at 11:20 a.m.<p>PHILADELPHIA – An …

Woman finally free from prison after serving 22 years for crime she didn’t commit

<b>A woman jailed as a teenager for a crime she did not commit has finally been released from prison after serving 22 years.</b><p>Tyra Patterson was convicted …

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6-Month-Old Baby Bent in Half By Arizona Father to Stop Crying Has Died, Police Say

The baby boy whose father is accused of bending him in half to silence his crying has died, Phoenix police said Tuesday.<p>Police arrested Robert …

Daughter froze to death in room where her parents locked her up for 15 years

A Japanese couple have been arrested after allegedly imprisoning their daughter for more than 15 years before she froze to death aged 33 this month, …

Crime

Books In Bed: 10 Novels to Read During Your Holiday Break

<b>* Curl up with a good book this holiday</b> <b><br>* Check out thrillers by bestselling authors like John Grisham and Dan Brown</b> <b><br>* Ring in the New Year with a new</b> …

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20 Books That Deserved More Attention in 2017

With a hateful and erratic would-be tyrant consuming all the oxygen in the room, 2017 was a year in which we especially needed books, while books …

June Robles Birt, Whose Abduction at 6 Gripped the Nation, Is Dead at 87

By 1934, Tucson figured its Wild West days were behind it. The legendary gunfight at the O.K. Corral, down the road in Tombstone, had occurred fully a half-century before, and Tucson was blooming as a desert mecca for tourists and respiratory patients.<p>True, John Dillinger and his bank-robbing gang …

Henry Christensen III, Key Lawyer in Astor Case, Dies at 72

Henry Christensen III, a renowned trust and estates lawyer whose conflicted loyalties cast him as a pivotal witness in the trial of Anthony D. Marshall for defrauding his mother, Brooke Astor, the philanthropist and doyenne of New York society, died on Nov. 3 in Brooklyn. He was 72.<p>The cause was …

John Hillerman, Snooty Sidekick on ‘Magnum, P.I.,’ Dies at 84

John Hillerman, the Texas-born actor who played a likably snobbish British caretaker on the hit television show “Magnum, P.I.” and had supporting roles in celebrated 1970s movies like “Chinatown” and “Blazing Saddles,” died on Thursday at his home in Houston. He was 84.<p>His publicist, Lori De Waal, …

Lil Peep, Rapper Who Blended Hip-Hop and Emo, Is Dead at 21

Lil Peep, who over the last two years emerged as one of pop music’s brightest and most promising young talents, blending the urgency and dexterity of contemporary hip-hop with the raw, serrated sentimentality of emo, died on Wednesday night in Tucson. He was 21.<p>Sarah Stennett, the chief executive …

Salvatore Riina, Italian Mafia’s ‘Boss of Bosses,’ Dies at 87

ROME — Salvatore Riina, the Mafia’s murderous “boss of bosses,” who earned multiple life sentences and the nickname the Beast for his cruelty and for unleashing a war against law enforcement that claimed the lives of Italian prosecutors and police officers, died early Friday in a hospital in the …

Jeremy Hutchinson, a Top Lawyer in High-Profile Cases, Dies at 102

LONDON — Jeremy Hutchinson, a British barrister whose sometimes theatrical courtroom tactics and rhetorical panache secured victories that helped reshape society’s attitudes toward obscenity, secrecy and sexual manners, died on Monday. He was 102.<p>The law firm his father helped start, Three Raymond …

Mel Tillis, Country Star Known for His Songs and His Stutter, Dies at 85

Mel Tillis, who earned a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame and a National Medal of Arts as a singer and writer of enduring songs like “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town,” and who was equally known for the stutter he employed to humorous and self-deprecating effect onstage, died on Sunday in …

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Charles Manson Dies at 83; Wild-Eyed Leader of a Murderous Crew

Charles Manson, one of the most notorious murderers of the 20th century, who was very likely the most culturally persistent and perhaps also the most inscrutable, died on Sunday in a hospital in Kern County, Calif., north of Los Angeles. He was 83 and had been behind bars for most of his life.<p>The …

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Ann Wedgeworth, 83, Dies; Tony-Winning Actress Known for ‘Three’s Company’

Ann Wedgeworth, who won a Tony in 1978 for her performance in Neil Simon’s comedy “Chapter Two” and played an amorous divorced woman on the ABC sitcom “Three’s Company,” died on Nov. 16 in North Bergen, N.J. She was 83.<p>Her death, at a care facility, was confirmed by her daughter Diánna …

David Cassidy, Heartthrob and ‘Partridge Family’ Star, Dies at 67

David Cassidy, the actor, singer and teen heartthrob best known as the band member with the green eyes and the feathered haircut on “The Partridge Family,” the 1970s television show about a family band, died on Tuesday in a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 67.<p>His publicist, Jo-Ann Geffen, …

Wayne Cochran, Singer With High Energy and Big Hair, Dies at 78

Wayne Cochran, who wrote a classic love-and-loss pop song while still in his early 20s, then morphed into an energetic rhythm-and-blues singer with a devoted following and an outrageous pompadour before finding a new purpose in a Christian ministry near Miami, died on Nov. 21 in Miramar, Fla. He …

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Vera Shlakman, Professor Fired During Red Scare, Dies at 108

Vera Shlakman, an influential economics professor who was fired by Queens College after she refused to tell Senate investigators whether she had ever been a card-carrying Communist — a punishment that brought an apology three decades later — died on Nov. 5 at her home in Manhattan. She was 108.<p>Her …

Jim Nabors, 87, TV’s Gomer Pyle, Is Dead

Jim Nabors, a comic actor who found fame in the role of the amiable bumpkin Gomer Pyle in two hit television shows of the 1960s while pursuing a second career as a popular singer with a booming baritone voice, died on Thursday at his home in Honolulu. He was 87.<p>His husband, Stan Cadwallader, …

Christine Keeler, Central Figure in British ‘Scandal of the Century,’ Is Dead at 75

Christine Keeler, who in the early 1960s was at the center of a sensational political scandal in Britain, known as the Profumo affair, that played a role in the downfall of a Conservative government, died on Monday in Farnborough, England. She was 75.<p>Her son Seymour Platt announced her death on his …

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