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'Night At The Fiestas' Spins Stories Of Faith And Family03/28/15
Kirstin Valdez Quade's debut book of short fiction is inspired by her family and its long history in the "romanticized" region of northern New Mexico.
At Last, A Fitting Farewell For Richard III
Richard III has been buried, two years after his abandoned bones were found under an abandoned parking lot. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the man Shakespeare turned into one of his great characters.
Do You Believe In Ghosts? You Might After Reading This Book
Sante Fe's most famous ghost is Hannah Nordhaus' great-great-grandmother. Her new book American Ghost is mix of memoir, cultural history, genealogical detective story and paranormal investigation.
'Crescent Moon' Counts Down To Political Mayhem
Fatima Bhutto (niece of assassinated Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto) has written several volumes of nonfiction and poetry; her first novel is a delicate but tense political thriller.
Not Prosecuting Companies If They Promise To Behave
A conviction can be fatal for a big company. So in some cases prosecutors have been holding off punishing firms that have broken the law. In return, the companies vow to clean up their act.
'Cheated' Out Of An Education: Book Replays UNC's Student-Athlete...
Authors Jay Smith and Mary Willingham explain how the school steered athletes to pass-through courses in order to keep players eligible.
Former Orca Trainer For SeaWorld Condemns Its Practices
John Hargrove says he left SeaWorld after seeing "devastating effects of captivity" on orcas. His new book is Beneath The Surface. SeaWorld disputes such claims and says it treats whales with respect.
'13 Men,' No Clear Answers: Digging Into An Indian Gang Rape Case
Last year, a woman in rural India said that she'd been gang raped on the orders of her tribal council. Journalist Sonia Faleiro traveled to her village and found competing narratives and few facts.
Author: Kids Need Abundant Connection With Nature
NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Scott Sampson about his book, How to Raise a Wild Child, a field guide for getting kids in touch with nature in a tech-centered world.
Thanks To Chance (And Craigslist), A Writer Becomes A Carpenter
Writer Nina MacLaughlin hit her low point producing a listicle of the world's 100 Unsexiest Men. Six years and a lucky Craigslist ad later, she's a carpenter and author of the new memoir Hammer Head.
After Students Went To Wage Jihad, Teacher Highlights Youth...
A German-Syrian religious studies teacher was shocked when she heard that five of her former students had left Germany to join jihadist groups in Syria. "It felt like a personal defeat," she says.
Not My Job: Richard Price (aka Harry Brandt) Gets Quizzed On Pseudonyms
For his latest book, The Whites, novelist Richard Price decided to use a pen name. In retrospect, he wishes he hadn't.
'Lost Child' Author Caryl Phillips: 'I Needed To Know Where I Came From'
"A part of me was beneath the surface and I had to discover it if I wanted to write with any clarity about myself," says Phillips. His novel The Lost Child brings Wuthering Heights into modern times.
'Hausfrau' Strips Down Its Modern-Day Madame Bovary
Debut novelist Jill Alexander Essbaum's heroine is a deeply unhappy married woman who seeks solace in sexual encounters. Essbaum says it's through those encounters that "we see where she's busted."
In 'Redeployment,' Former Marine Explores The Challenges Of Coming Home
Phil Klay served in Iraq from January 2007 to February 2008. He recently won a National Book Critics Circle award for his collection of short stories. Originally broadcast Nov. 25, 2014.
Pop Culture Happy Hour: Nick Hornby's 'Funny Girl' And Adapting Books
On this week's show, we read a book — specifically Nick Hornby's Funny Girl. We broaden out from there to film adaptations of books, and as always, we tell you what's making us happy this week.
'Who's Who In Baseball' Turns 100 Years Old
NPR's Don Gonyea talks with baseball historian Marty Appel about the appeal of of "Who's Who in Baseball," which celebrates its 100th issue this year.
Prepare To Weep: 'Little Life' Follows 4 Friends' Path To Redemption
In Hanya Yanagihara's deeply moving novel, a group of college friends rise, lose their bearings, fall in love, squabble and wrestle with life's tragedies in New York City.
How A 1970s Fashion Faceoff Put American Designers In The Spotlight
In The Battle of Versailles, Robin Givhan tells the story of the groundbreaking runway show that pitched French couture designers against American up-and-comers.
Small Batch Edition: On Loving Romance With Sarah Wendell
We talk to romance blogger Sarah Wendell about romance fans, romance novels, and some of her top recommendations for fans and new visitors alike.
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