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July 31, 2015 Comment

New Film Based On Travels With David Foster Wallace Opens

The film, called “The End Of The Tour,” is based on David Lipsky’s five-day road trip with the late author in 1996.

July 28, 2015 4 Comments

The Risks And Rewards Of Hummingbird Rescue

Terry Masear rescued and rehabilitated hummingbirds for over a decade. Her new book is “Fastest Things on Wings.”

July 24, 2015 2 Comments

Revisiting Wes Moore’s ‘The Work’

We look back at our conversation with Army veteran and best-selling author Wes Moore, about finding work that matters.

July 23, 2015 5 Comments

‘Paper Towns’ Author John Green Taps Into Teens

The film adaptation of “Paper Towns” comes a year after “The Fault in Our Stars” grossed over $300 million.

July 21, 2015 19 Comments

The True Story Of A British Secret Agent In The Civil War South

Journalist Christopher Dickey has written a new book that looks at slavery through the eyes of a British agent in Charleston, S.C.

July 17, 2015 3 Comments

Why Does ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Still Have Such An Impact?

Following the release of “Go Set a Watchman,” Alice Randall explains why Harper Lee’s first novel remains relevant.

July 16, 2015 26 Comments

Is Life Rosier For Redheads?

British author Jacky Colliss Harvey discusses the history of red hair, including myths and surprising scientific facts.

July 13, 2015 15 Comments

Harper Lee Fans Await ‘Go Set A Watchman’

Written before “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the book will be released tomorrow and is already a bestseller on Amazon.

July 6, 2015 5 Comments

The Rise Of The MP3 And The Fall Of The CD

Stephen Witt discusses his book “How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, The Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Privacy.”

July 6, 2015 3 Comments

Vera Brittain's 1930's Great War Memoir Resonates Powerfully

One military historian hopes the new movie based on the war will inspire watchers to read the book.

July 3, 2015 Comment

Kids Books Feature Famous Figures As Children

Brad Meltzer is known for his political thrillers, but he also writes kids books about real-life people like Rosa Parks and Amelia Earhart.

July 3, 2015 Comment

Not Your Typical Summer Reading List

NPR Books editor Petra Mayer and Cleveland poet and bookstore owner R. A. Washington share their picks.

June 29, 2015 12 Comments

First Known Plane Hijacking Was A Flight To Freedom

Nearly 60 years ago, a forced laborer in a Hungarian brick factory hatched a far-fetched plan to escape.

June 17, 2015 Comment

In ‘Daddy, Stop Talking,’ Adam Carolla Takes On Parenting

The comedian rants and riffs about his kids in “Daddy, Stop Talking! & Other Things My Kids Want But Won’t Be Getting.”

June 11, 2015 4 Comments

‘Ithaca Diaries’ Looks Back On College In The ’60s

Anita Harris writes about life as a student during a “time of trauma and transformation” at Cornell University and across the country.

June 4, 2015 2 Comments

Paula Williams Madison Is ‘Finding Samuel Lowe’

Paula Williams Madison writes about her journey to trace her roots and find her people.

May 26, 2015 2 Comments

Simon Rich’s ‘Spoiled Brats’

If you’re looking for light fun read for an upcoming vacation, the short story collection “Spoiled Brats” comes out in paperback today.

May 25, 2015 3 Comments

Not Your Mother’s Pot Brownie

A Boulder-based baker of marijuana-infused products is capitalizing on the growing popularity of “edibles” with a cookbook.

May 22, 2015 Comment

‘All Souls Trilogy’ Author Deborah Harkness

The hugely successful books are set in a world where witches, vampires and demons live alongside humans.

May 21, 2015 7 Comments

YouTube Sensation Publishes Her First Cookbook

Maangchi’s career was born when her son suggested she start making videos of herself cooking Korean dishes.

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July 30 37 Comments

Oxford Conservationist Talks About 7 Years Of Tracking Cecil

The 13-year-old lion was not only a tourist favorite, but also, a research animal. The beloved lion was being studied by the Oxford University Conservation Unit.

July 30 27 Comments

NAACP To Begin 860-Mile ‘Journey For Justice’ March

The march, which will travel from Selma, Ala. to Washington, seeks to highlight vulnerable communities subject to regressive voting rights.

July 29 2 Comments

Garden-Inspired Cooking With Kathy Gunst

We visit our resident chef's garden in Maine, make gazpacho and get a recipe for a plum tart with hazelnut crust.

July 29 878 Comments

Two Sides Of The GMO Debate

We moderate a debate over a bill that would bar states from forcing food manufacturers to label genetically modified foods.