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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 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 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 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.”

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.

May 28, 2015 9 Comments

The Epic Rise And Fall Of BlackBerry

How does a company go from controlling half the world’s smartphone market to less than 1 percent?

May 6, 2015 Comment

‘Re Jane’ Gives ‘Jane Eyre’ A Korean Spin

Patricia Park’s novel is set in modern times and centers on Jane Re, a half-Korean girl in Queens, New York.

May 4, 2015 2 Comments

A Pen-Pal Friendship Changes Two Lives

Caitlin Alifirenka of Pennsylvania and Martin Ganda of Zimbabwe became best friends – and better people – through their exchange.

May 1, 2015 Comment

Chigozie Obioma Makes A Splash With Debut Novel

“The Fishermen” is earning raves in the literary world and drawing comparisons to the late Chinua Achebe.

April 29, 2015 15 Comments

Lessons And Art Gleaned From Tambora Volcano

The severe weather patterns resulting from the massive 1815 eruption found expression in art and literature.

April 7, 2015 2 Comments

Run Like Meb: Training Tips From An Olympic Marathoner

Meb Keflezighi, who won the Boston Marathon last year, has written a book of advice on how to run, think and eat like a champion.

April 6, 2015 2 Comments

Mark Twain Was A Travelin’ Man

In his day, Twain was better known as an author of travel books. A new book traces his footsteps around the world.

April 2, 2015 6 Comments

What Businesses Can Learn From Improv Comedy

Two executives behind the improvisational theater group The Second City explain why a “yes, and” approach is better than “no, but.”

April 1, 2015 11 Comments

‘Becoming Steve Jobs’ Attempts To Dispel Myths, Chart An Evolution

There’s a new look at the man who was not only the driving force behind the Apple computer, but also the iPod, iPhone and iPad.

March 27, 2015 Comment

Using Poetry To Expose The Power Of Money, Class And Gender

Alissa Quart’s first book of poetry is both personal and universal – inspired by work and research she has done as a journalist.

March 25, 2015 21 Comments

The College You Go To May Not Matter As Much As You Think

Frank Bruni writes in his new book that there are many colleges that are great, but just don’t get as much press.

March 23, 2015 4 Comments

Interweaving Family History With Healthy Soul Food

The mother-daughter team of Alice and Caroline Randall write a memoir-cookbook that dives into the often fraught relationship black women have with the kitchen.

March 18, 2015 9 Comments

An Astronaut Uses Books To Launch Kids Into Science

Astronaut-turned-children-book’s author Mark Kelly wants to encourage kids to dream big and take an interest in science.

March 16, 2015 68 Comments

Is The Internet Hurting More Than Helping?

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Andrew Keen argues that the Internet economy as it exists hurts the middle class and benefits the few.

March 5, 2015 38 Comments

Will Social Security Still Be Around When I Retire?

Critics say Americans younger than 47 should not expect to receive full benefits from the program when they reach retirement age.

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August 3 2 Comments

Tony Award Winner Jessie Mueller On Taking On The Work Of Sara Bareilles

In the new musical "Waitress," Mueller plays a waitress in a Southern diner set to the music of Sara Bareilles.

August 3 5 Comments

Obama Announces Historic Plan To Limit Carbon Pollution, But Some Vow To Challenge It

The Clean Power Plan will require power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions, 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

August 3 4 Comments

10 Years After Katrina, New Orleans’ Recovery Is ‘Tale Of Two Cities’

A lot has changed in the decade since Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans, but the recovery has been uneven.

July 31 24 Comments

What Is It About Cecil That Makes People Care?

The lion's death wasn't the only shocking poaching incident this week, as five elephants were slaughtered in Kenya.