The Best of NPR Books 7-25


This week, our Summer Books series continues with historical fiction and hidden gems — plus a Maasai detective fights crime in Nairobi, Irish writer Kevin Maher on hating and loving James Joyce’s Dubliners, and director Henry Jaglom on his many lunches with Orson Welles.
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Critics' Lists: Summer 2013

Fact Behind The Fiction: 5 Great Historicals For Summer

Author Jean Zimmerman chooses five books that “pick up where history leaves off,” shedding new light on often forgotten corners of history, from the unruly Florida frontier of the 18th century to the real-life little dancer who inspired Edgar Degas’ famous sculpture.
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Critics’ Lists: Summer 2013

In Nairobi, A Maasai Detective Pursues Elusive Justice

Former journalist Richard Crompton set his first novel, a crime thriller, in a city that many still know as “Nairobbery.” His protagonist, Detective Mollel, is a warrior for justice in a city that would happily settle for peace.

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Critics’ Lists: Summer 2013

Hidden Gems: 5 Summer Books That Deserve More Fanfare

There is just so much to read! Every year many good books get lost under a tide of prose. Reviewer Meg Wolitzer celebrates five books that might have slipped under the radar.

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Critics’ Lists: Summer 2013

A Gut-Punch Of Sadness In James Joyce’s ‘Dubliners’

Author Kevin Maher laughed off the Dubliners as a 12-year old, yet one line stayed with him. It was that line that convinced him to go back to the stories, discovering a love of James Joyce in the process.

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Critics’ Lists: Summer 2013

Q&A: Director Henry Jaglom, Author Of ‘My Lunches With Orson’

Director Henry Jaglom was a close friend of Orson Welles — and with Welles’ permission, he recorded several years’ worth of their lunchtime conversations. Nearly 30 years after Welles’ death, those transcripts are being released as a candid, blunt and personal book.

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