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February 24, 2015 3 Comments

Revisiting Ransom Riggs’ Latest ‘Peculiar Children’ Book

“Hollow City” is the second book in his “Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children” series about children with supernatural powers.

February 19, 2015 7 Comments

Injecting Creativity Into Overscheduled Lives

Think you’re too busy to be creative? Artist Danny Gregory has some ideas for you – like drawing your breakfast.

February 17, 2015 2 Comments

A Young Malcolm X, Through The Eyes Of His Daughter

Ilyasah Shabazz has written a young adult novel based on her father’s troubled teenage years, before he became a civil rights activist.

February 13, 2015 4 Comments

Margo Howard Dishes On Love And (Re) Marriage

You might think an advice columnist would be an expert on love and relationships, but Margo’s love life has been complicated.

February 11, 2015 Comment

Mimi Sheraton’s ‘1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die’

Sheraton has written about food for some six decades. Her latest book is a bucket list of foods to try before you die.

February 10, 2015 Comment

The Real Eddie Huang Of ‘Fresh Off The Boat’

The new sitcom based on the food personality’s memoir is the first TV show to feature an Asian-American family in two decades.

February 4, 2015 Comment

Will Harper Lee’s New Novel Overshadow Her First Book?

A sequel to the critically acclaimed novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” is due out this July.

January 26, 2015 3 Comments

Bloom Of Arab Spring Fades In Egypt

Protests in Egypt erupted on the fourth anniversary of the Arab Spring. Thanassis Cambanis’ new book explores why Egypt had a revolution and why it failed.

January 23, 2015 6 Comments

How ‘The Good War’ In Afghanistan Went Bad

Jack Fairweather’s new book argues the war could turn out to be the defining tragedy of the 21st century.

January 23, 2015 2 Comments

Remembering The Children’s Blizzard Of 1888

At this time of year in 1888, people across the Upper Midwest were mourning the deaths of hundreds of people — most of them children.

January 21, 2015 25 Comments

What Happens When Your Sibling Makes More Than You?

Sociologist Dalton Conley explains what it means for family dynamics when one sibling is significantly richer or poorer.

January 20, 2015 9 Comments

Fallen Soldier's Story Continues To Inspire

After Jared Monti was killed, his father started driving his son’s old truck. It inspired a song, and now, a book.

January 19, 2015 Comment

Revisiting Boris Fishman’s ‘A Replacement Life’

The debut novel centers around an immigrant who gets pulled into a scheme of writing fraudulent petitions for Holocaust reparations.

January 15, 2015 4 Comments

Wes Moore On Looking For Work That Matters

After the success of his bestselling memoir, the Army veteran and author is out with a new book, “The Work.”

January 6, 2015 4 Comments

Can Marissa Mayer Save Yahoo?

The new book “Marissa Mayer and The Fight To Save Yahoo!” explores the company and the woman brought in to save it.

January 2, 2015 Comment

Documenting The Evolution Of Hip Hop

Music journalist Brian Coleman has compiled what he calls the “invisible liner notes” of hip hop in two anthologies.

January 1, 2015 Comment

Veteran Mountaineer On Climbing Cerro Torre

Mountaineer Kelly Cordes is among the few who have climbed Cerro Torre in Patagonia. He wrote about his own ascent and others who’ve climbed the storied mountain.

December 30, 2014 6 Comments

A Weekend Edition Editor Shares Her Picks For Best Books Of 2014

Weekend Edition editor Barrie Hardymon reads a lot of books in her line of work. She says 2014 was a great year for science fiction and young adult literature.

December 30, 2014 34 Comments

Share Your Favorite Books Of 2014

Listeners: what were your favorite books this year?

December 30, 2014 6 Comments

Rewriting A Life Story Later In Life

We revisit our conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winner Gail Caldwell about her memoir “New Life, No Instructions.”


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February 26 34 Comments

That Political Bumper Sticker Could Cost You Your Job

In most states in the country, labor laws will not protect you from getting fired over a political bumper sticker.

February 26 2 Comments

Remote Mexican Villages Build Their Own Cell Networks

Thanks to cheaper technology, community organizers and computer hackers are bypassing the big cell companies.

February 25 Comment

DJ Sessions: New Music From Nashville

For this week's DJ Session, Marcia Campbell shares songs from Teea Goans, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton and Earls of Leicester.

February 25 105 Comments

Feminist Gamer Withdraws From PAX East, Citing Safety Concerns

Video game developer Brianna Wu discusses the threats against her and her role as a feminist leader amid the Gamergate controversy.