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A Publishing Insider Turns The Page On A Bygone...06/02/15
Poet and publisher Jonathan Galassi knows just about everyone in his industry, and a lot of them turn up in his debut novel, Muse. Lynn Neary talks to Galassi about the writing (and publishing) life.
Book Review: 'Lifted By The Great Nothing,' Karim Dimechkie
NPR's Alan Cheuse reviews a debut novel, Lifted by the Great Nothing, by Karim Dimechkie.
Four Books That Deliver Unexpected And Delightful...
Travel (near and far), literary souvenirs and the crucial companionship of humankind's best friend are the subjects of the books on Maureen Corrigan's early summer reading list.
A Tome Of Peruvian Food, By Its Most Acclaimed Ambassador
Gaston Acurio is the world's premiere cheerleader for Peruvian cuisine, and he's just written a cookbook. It's called Peru: The Cookbook, and has 500 recipes — including more than 20 kinds of ceviche.
Those Yoga Poses May Not Be Ancient After All, And Maybe...
In her new book, Michelle Goldberg traces the Western practice of yoga to a Russian woman named Indra Devi. Goldberg says that many of the poses in modern yoga can't be traced beyond 150 years ago.
Rich Housewives Go Under The Microscope In 'Primates Of...
In her new book, social researcher Wednesday Martin examines the sometimes puzzling culture of motherhood in that most exotic of locales — Manhattan's Upper East Side.
A Century After His Birth, Saul Bellow's Prose Still...
Bellow's centennial is being marked with reprints and a new biography. Today, critics still savor his metaphor-rich prose; his son remembers the personal pain the great writer caused.
'Like An Avalanche': Otis Redding's Unstoppable Crossover
"He had an underground kind of appeal that built on itself," says author Mark Ribowsky, whose book Dreams to Remember traces Redding's unlikely pivot into national stardom.
North Korean Defector Reflects On Life 'Under The Same Sky'
In his new memoir, Joseph Kim tells the harrowing tale of his journey from being homeless on the streets of North Korea to a college student in America.
How Bad Risotto Led To A House 'Full Of Yogis': A Critic's...
When Will Hodgkinson was a kid, his father, a journalist, was hit with a bad case of food poisoning. Over the long recovery period, he rethought his life — and decided to join the Brahma Kumaris.
Bringing Tales Of WWII To American Radios And Bookshelves
Bill Shirer brought stories of war in Europe into American homes. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Ken Cuthbertson about his new book, A Complex Fate: William L. Shirer and the American Century.
A Year Later, #WeNeedDiverseBooks Has Left Its Mark On...
The Twitter campaign was born out of the controversy around the lack of diverse voices in the event's panels. This year, one organizer says, the first panel they booked was with that campaign.
As Publishing Industry Courts China, Authors Speak Out...
Chinese writers and publishers are being celebrated this week at BookExpo America — the industry's largest trade event in North America. Free speech advocates are supporting silenced Chinese writers.
The Technology Of Books Has Changed, But Bookstores Are...
The debate over whether digital books are better continues. But in the age of Amazon, the number of independent booksellers is up. The revival is fueled, at least in part, by digital natives.
For Actress Maria Bello, Family May Be Complicated, But...
In her memoir Whatever ... Love is Love, Bello describes the evolution of her "modern family," which includes her romantic partner (a woman), her adolescent son and her son's father.
Author Margaret Atwood Contributes Manuscript To Future...
As part of the Future Library project, Margaret Atwood's Scribbler Moon will not be read until 2114. Trees, that will be made into paper for that text, were planted last year in Norway.
A Neurosurgeon Reflects On The 'Awe And Mystery' Of The...
In his memoir Do No Harm, Henry Marsh confesses to the uncertainties he's dealt with as a surgeon, revisits his triumphs and failures and reflects on the enigmas of the brain and consciousness.
Post-Ron Swanson, Nick Offerman Has The 'Gumption' To Be...
"I've never accused myself of being manly," Offerman says, noting his real-life persona is different from his Parks and Recreation character. His book is a set of essays about people who inspire him.
Novelist Mat Johnson Explores The 'Optical Illusion' Of...
Johnson, the son of an African-American mother and an Irish-American father, has just written Loving Day, a funny, sometimes absurd look at what it means to grow up mixed heritage in the U.S.
What If The Drought Doesn't End? 'The Water Knife' Is One...
It's Chinatown meets Mad Max in writer Paolo Bacigalupi's new desert dystopia, filled with climate refugees, powerful state border patrols, and secret agents called water knives.
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