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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 17 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 2, 2015 14 Comments

The Beanie Baby Boom And Bust – What Happened?

Zac Bissonnette drew on hundreds of interviews to write a book about “mass delusion and the dark side of cute.”

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.

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 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 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 12, 2015 55 Comments

New Ways Of Treating Trauma: Try Some Yoga

A renowned trauma expert says yoga and mindfulness techniques can help people recover from PTSD.

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.

December 17, 2014 3 Comments

Atticus Lish’s ‘Preparation For The Next Life’

The author’s debut novel centers on an unlikely romance between an Iraq veteran and a Uyghur from China.

December 9, 2014 8 Comments

De-Cluttering Your House With Love

Marie Kondo has built a huge following with her method of organizing that focuses on keeping things that inspire joy.

December 8, 2014 Comment

In ‘The Death Of Santini’ Pat Conroy Turns From Fiction To Memoir

We revisit with author Pat Conroy, whose book, “The Death of Santini,” is out in paperback this month.

November 19, 2014 226 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 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.

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March 26 2 Comments

Noah Baumbach On Middle Age And ‘While We’re Young’

In the writer-director's new film, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts' characters befriend a younger, free-spirited couple.

March 26 Comment

How March Became Mad

The NCAA men's tournament started in 1939 but it was decades before it became the extravaganza it is today.

March 25 4 Comments

DJ Sessions: Opera Greats Past And Present

Peter Van de Graaf shares some of his favorites, from the late German tenor Fritz Wunderlich to American soprano Renee Fleming.

March 25 17 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.