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NPR interviews with top authors and the NPR Book Tour, a weekly feature and podcast where leading authors read and discuss their writing. Subscribe to the RSS feed.

Last Build Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:04:00 -0400

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In 'Appetites,' Bourdain Pleases The Toughest Food Critic (His 9-Year-Old)

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:04:00 -0400

Anthony Bourdain's new cookbook features comfort food he cooks for his young daughter. "She's who I need to please, and if she's not happy, I'm not happy," he says.

What The Real Witches Of America Eat

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0400

Nope. It's not eye of newt and toe of frog. But food — and its connection to dead loved ones — does play a starring role in the major Pagan holiday Samhain, which coincides with Halloween.

Wayne Gretzky On Hockey History, Dreaming Big And Canadian Pride

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:37:00 -0400

The ice hockey legend marks the 99th anniversary of the NHL with his new book 99: Stories of the Game. Never mind the sport's tough guy reputation; "the game of hockey is an art," Gretzky says.

At Daughter's Insistence, Bourdain Includes Ratatouille Recipe In 'Appetites'

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:05:00 -0400

For years, Anthony Bourdain was identified as a "bad boy" of the culinary world. The chef and TV host's new cookbook reflects his life as a dad. Renee Montagne talks to him about his book Appetites.

Anne Carson's Poetry Collection 'Float' In Unconventional Medium To Suit The Message

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:10:00 -0400

Anne Carson's book of poems come in a clear plastic box where they 'float,' which is also the title of her new collection. NPR's Scott Simon talks with the poet about her work.

'Frazzled' Takes Hilarious Look At The Ups and Downs Of Middle School

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:27:00 -0400

Author Booki Vivat takes a hilarious look at middle school in her debut novel, Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom. The book is full of Vivat's incredible doodles of Abbie Wu who thinks, "Nothing good happens in the Middles." We'll find out if she's doomed.

Kidnapped, Then Forced Into The Sideshow: The True Story Of The Muse Brothers

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:23:00 -0400

Journalist Beth Macy talks about George and Willie Muse, black albino brothers who were born in the Jim Crow South and were forced to become circus freaks. Her new book, Truevine, retells their story.

How Free Web Content Traps People In An Abyss Of Ads And Clickbait

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:24:00 -0400

Author and law professor Tim Wu says much of the "free" content on the Web comes at a price to users, who are subjected to ads that are targeted specifically at them and increasingly hard to ignore.

'Truevine' Tells The Tale Of 2 Black Albino Brothers Forced To Work For The Circus

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 05:03:00 -0400

For years, black children around Roanoke, Va., heard the cautionary tale of Willie and George Muse, African American albino brothers who were kidnapped and forced to perform in a series of circuses.

'Nobody's Son': A Memoir Of Childhood, Immigration And A Mother's Love

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 07:26:00 -0400

Mark Slouka's new memoir Nobody's Son. It chronicles his family's life in Communist Czechoslovakia, their immigration to Pennsylvania and his difficult relationship with his troubled mother.

'Love For Sale': A History Of Pop Music That's As Personal As It Gets

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 07:49:35 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon talks to music critic David Hajdu about his new book, "Love For Sale," in which he chronicles the 100-plus year history of American pop music.

'Worst President Ever': One Author Says This Title Goes To James Buchanan

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 07:49:35 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with writer Robert Strauss about his new book, "Worst. President. Ever." Strauss looks at James Buchanan's time in office and argues he led the country to demise.

Jacqueline Woodson On Growing Up, Coming Out And Saying Hi To Strangers

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:34:00 -0400

Woodson won the National Book Award for young people's literature in 2014 for her memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, and is a finalist for another NBA this year. Originally broadcast Dec. 20, 2014.

Pregnancy Is Personal, Not Political, In 'The Mothers'

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 04:44:00 -0400

A teenager faces an unplanned pregnancy in this debut novel by Brit Bennett. The 26-year-old author says people don't necessarily ask themselves: What would I do if I were in this situation?

'I Had To Create My Own Lane': How Taraji P. Henson Found Her Place In Hollywood

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 04:40:00 -0400

The actress became famous for her role in TV's Empire, but the road to Cookie wasn't easy. In her new memoir, Around the Way Girl, Henson shares stories of pushing her way to the top.