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November 20, 2014 Comment

Iraq War Vet Wins National Book Award For Fiction

The judges described the short stories in Phil Klay’s collection “Redeployment” as brutal, piercing and sometimes darkly funny.

November 19, 2014 222 Comments

Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power?

Edward Baptist argues in his new book that slavery was integral to establishing the America as a world economic power.

November 18, 2014 3 Comments

Outspoken Olympic Runner Nick Symmonds Pens Memoir

The track star has won his share of races, but he often gets as much attention for what he does off the track as what he does on it.

November 18, 2014 37 Comments

Texting And Driving: Are We Powerless To Change Our Ways?

A new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Matt Richtel chronicles the groundbreaking case of Reggie Shaw.

November 14, 2014 Comment

Meet The Man Behind Jon Stewart’s Film ‘Rosewater’

Journalist Maziar Bahari’s memoir about being imprisoned in Iran is the basis for the ‘Daily Show’ host’s debut film.

November 13, 2014 Comment

Amazon And Hachette Reach Deal Over E-Books

Amazon and the publisher Hachette have ended a bitter dispute over e-book revenue, after reaching a new multiyear contract this morning.

November 12, 2014 Comment

Uncovering The Past Alongside Archaeologists

The lives of archaeologists may not be as glamorous as the movies, but digging up ancient artifacts can be thrilling.

November 11, 2014 25 Comments

Amanda Palmer On ‘The Art Of Asking’

The performer is both celebrated and attacked for it. She writes in her new memoir, “I am totally not afraid to ask. For anything.”

November 11, 2014 Comment

The First Navy SEALs

Combat historian Patrick O’Donnell has written a new book about the birth of the U.S. military’s most elite unit.

November 3, 2014 2 Comments

Prune Chef Gabrielle Hamilton Pens A Cookbook

The cookbook is written with notes scribbled in the margins – her tips and wisdom accumulated over the past 15 years.

October 30, 2014 3 Comments

How Athletes Are Getting ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’

Mark McClusky says for elite athletes today, pushing boundaries and breaking records is all about “the aggregation of marginal gains.”

October 30, 2014 3 Comments

Eerie Reads For Halloween

Petra Mayer of NPR Books recommends a new scary story collection, as well as the ’80s classic, “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.”

October 28, 2014 2 Comments

The Mystery Of Michael Rockefeller’s Disappearance

A new book attempts to piece together what happened to the 23-year-old heir, who went missing in Dutch New Guinea in 1961.

October 21, 2014 Comment

Jim Gaffigan’s Love Affair With Food

The stand-up comic gives his particular gastronomic take on the world in his new memoir “Food: A Love Story.”

October 21, 2014 4 Comments

An E-Reader That ‘Beats Hardcovers’?

The Kindle Voyage has been getting rave reviews, with The New York Times saying “it offers the visual clarity of printed text.

October 20, 2014 2 Comments

Mario Batali Goes Farm To Table

The chef and restaurateur discusses the “farm to table” trend and shares recipes with a hearty and rustic twist.

October 15, 2014 4 Comments

‘Only A Game’ Host Talks About Sports And Poetry

Bill Littlefield, host of NPR’s Only a Game, has written a book of poems about sports.

October 15, 2014 3 Comments

Atul Gawande’s Prescription For A Better Way To Die

In his new book “Being Mortal,” surgeon Atul Gawande looks at how doctors and other health care workers can improve end of life and elder care.

October 14, 2014 17 Comments

E.O. Wilson On ‘The Meaning Of Human Existence’

Biologist and naturalist E.O. Wilson has written a new book that is longlisted for the National Book Award.

October 14, 2014 3 Comments

Simon Rich Takes On Solipsism In ‘Spoiled Brats’

The 30 year-old, former Saturday Night Live writer’s new book tells humorous stories with a serious message: the importance of perspective.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

November 20 3 Comments

The Man Behind ‘Mockingjay’

Francis Lawrence describes the rewards and challenges of bringing "The Hunger Games" books to the screen.

November 20 Comment

Iraq War Vet Wins National Book Award For Fiction

The judges described the short stories in Phil Klay's collection "Redeployment" as brutal, piercing and sometimes darkly funny.

November 19 11 Comments

New Film Revisits The Jerry Sandusky Sex Abuse Case

The Penn State assistant football coach will likely spend the rest of his life in prison, but that's not the end of the story.

November 19 222 Comments

Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power?

Edward Baptist argues in his new book that slavery was integral to establishing the America as a world economic power.