NPR Books Podcast
Ever Cheat At Monopoly? So Did Its Creator: He Stole The...03/03/15
The game Charles Darrow sold in the 1930s bore a striking resemblance to a game Lizzie Magie patented in 1904. In The Monopolists, Mary Pilon tells Monopoly's origin story.
Chris Offutt Reveals A Family Secret In 'My Father, The Pornographer'
Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. The writer tells Fresh Air his dad believed he would be "extremely famous" for it.
Robert Christgau Reviews His Own Life
One of rock music's most loved, feared and prolific scribes, the 72-year-old Christgau says he knew early on that he liked criticism better than journalism: "I didn't want to get into people's faces."
For An Author In India's Capital, 'Hope, In Many Ways, Is Fiction'
In his novel She Will Build Him a City, Raj Kamal Jha weaves the reality he sees as a journalist in New Delhi — where many gravitate looking for a better future — into a fictional, magical world.
This Weekend, Experience The Enduring Power Of 'The Millstone'
Margaret Drabble's The Millstone, set in the 1960s, tells the story of a young, unmarried woman who finds herself pregnant. Author Tessa Hadley says this 50-year-old novel is a weekend must-read.
'The Sellout' Is A Profane Riff On Race And Culture
In Paul Beatty's new satirical novel, The Sellout, the narrator wants to re-segregate his hometown outside of Los Angeles. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the author about using humor to write about race.
Pakistani Author Mohsin Hamid And His Roving 'Discontent'
Mohsin Hamid combines the personal and political in his new book, Discontent and Its Civilizations. NPR's Scott Simon talks with the Pakistani author about his new collection of essays.
The Persistence — And Impermanence — Of Memory In 'The Buried Giant'
Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in a decade follows an old couple on what might be their last journey: Hunting for memories of a son they think they had, in a land covered with memory-shrouding mists.
Book Review: 'Satin Island' By Tom McCarthy
Alan Cheuse reviews a new experimental novel by Tom McCarthy called Satin Island.
From Poker Amateur To World Series Competitor In 'The Noble Hustle'
Colson Whitehead's book, now out in paperback, was born of an assignment to write about the World Series of Poker. It's a sharp observational tale of poker: those who play it and how it changed him.
Small Batch Edition: 'The Sculptor' And Other Grand Graphic Novels
Glen Weldon and Petra Mayer talk about Scott McCloud's The Sculptor and recommend other graphic novels you might enjoy.
As First Black American NHL Player, Enforcer Was Defenseless Vs. Racism
Val James became the first American-born black player in the NHL in 1982. He ensured vicious racism, including fans throwing bananas on the ice. After 30 years in silence he is talking about it now.
'Don't Be Afraid Of The Bullets' A Memoir Of Reporting In Yemen
NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to journalist Laura Kasinof about her memoir on her experience reporting in Yemen during the Arab Spring called, Don't Be Afraid of the Bullets.
From Naked Mole Rats To Dog Testicles: A Writer Explores The Longevity...
"Nature knows how to let animals live a very long time," says Bill Gifford, whose latest book is Spring Chicken, a look at the history of anti-aging schemes and current ways people try to live longer.
After His Brother's Suicide, Writer Seeks Comfort In 'All The Wrong...
In his new memoir, Philip Connors writes about "living in the shadow of a suicide." Wracked by guilt and haunted by "what ifs," Connors investigated his brother's death and learned a terrible secret.
Family Secrets — And Mango Chutney — In 'Don't Let Him Know'
Longtime Morning Edition commentator Sandip Roy has written a new novel, propelled by family secrets, that criss-crosses back and forth between the two "Cals" in his life: California and Calcutta.
'After Birth' Author On 'Mommy Wars': 'It Doesn't Have To Be This Way'
"We are pitted against each other and ultimately, then, are pitted against ourselves," says writer Elisa Albert. Her new novel is about the singular and universal experience of having a baby.
Book Review: Ross Ritchell's 'The Knife'
Alan Cheuse reviews Ross Ritchell's new novel, The Knife.
Victorian Romance Meets 'House Of Cards' In 'Mr. And Mrs. Disraeli'
Daisy Hay's new book is a joint biography of 19th century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and his wife, Mary Anne, whose fortune and status as a gentile helped boost her husband's career.
Prisoners Of War And Ojibwe Reservation Make Unlikely Neighbors In...
Native American writer David Treuer bases the World War II camp for German prisoners on a real-life one that existed near the village of Bena, Minn., on the Leech Lake Reservation where he grew up.
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