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In 'Spineless,' How Jellyfish Have Survived Throughout Time

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:29:00 -0500

Jellyfish may seem like simple sea creatures, but their translucent bodies and stinging abilities have allowed them to survive for millions of years. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks about jellyfish with Juli Berwald, author the new book, Spineless.



Journalist Investigating Trump And Russia Says 'Full Picture Is One Of Collusion'

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:47:39 -0500

"The constellation of Russian connections circling around Planet Trump is quite extraordinary," says Guardian reporter Luke Harding. His new book is Collusion.



A Classics Professor Explains 'Why Bob Dylan Matters'

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0500

Harvard professor Richard F. Thomas teaches a popular class on the importance of Bob Dylan, and now he's turned it into a book, full of stories, personal history and the occasional comparison to Ovid.



'Dawn Watch' Explores The Life And Legacy Of Joseph Conrad

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:17:21 -0500

Maya Jasanoff weaves together biography, history, literature and her own travels in a new book about the globe-trotting author. Reviewer John Powers says Jasanoff's portrait of Conrad is terrific.



'With Ash On Their Faces': The Story And Struggle Of The Yazidi

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:10:58 -0500

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro asks Cathy Otten about With Ash on Their Faces: Yezidi Women and the Islamic State, her book about the history and personal stories of the religious minority.



'The Bad Food Bible' Says Your Eating Might Not Be So Sinful After All

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:44:30 -0500

In his new book, Dr. Aaron Carroll explains that there might be less evidence against some notoriously bad foods than we think. In fact, maybe we should be eating some of them more often.



In 'Body Music,' Love Is Sweet, Sexy And A Touch Sentimental

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:00:03 -0500

French graphic novelist Julie Maroh — author of Blue is the Warmest Color — is back with an earnestly sweet collection of vignettes about love, kept from being saccharine by her skill with faces.



Joe Biden Remembers His Son In His New Memoir

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:43:03 -0500

NPR's Michel Martin spoke with Biden this week about his new memoir, his family and the Anita Hill case.



A Lady From 1881 Gets A New Portrait In 'Mrs. Osmond'

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:19:01 -0500

Man Booker Prize winner John Banville has written a sequel to Henry James' The Portrait Of A Lady. 'It was my initial foolhardiness and overweening pride that made me do it,' he says.



Kachka: The Word That Saved A Family During WWII And Inspired A Chef

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:19:01 -0500

It took until adulthood for Bonnie Morales, the daughter of immigrant Russian Jews, to appreciate the food of her childhood. Now she owns a popular Oregon restaurant and has released a new cookbook.



'Bunk' Is Encyclopedic, Fascinating — And Frustrating

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:00:02 -0500

Kevin Young's new book puts forth an instantly convincing pairing of race and hoaxing — both a "fake thing pretending to be real." But he loses readers' trust with knotty, overly aphoristic writing.



Cartoonist Reza Farazmand Walks Us Through Some Of His 'Comics For A Strange World'

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:00:02 -0500

We asked the artist behind the popular webcomic Poorly Drawn Lines to share the thinking behind a few of the hilariously deadpan comics from his latest book.



The Troublesome Universe Of 'Valiant Dust'

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:00:01 -0500

Richard Baker is an established voice in military science fiction; his latest, Valiant Dust, kicks off a new space adventure series. But it's hampered by shallow characters and cultural blindness.



Jesmyn Ward, Frank Bidart, Masha Gessen And Robin Benway Win National Book Awards

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:13:00 -0500

For Ward, who won the fiction prize for Sing, Unburied, Sing, it was her second National Book Award. For Bidart, whose poetry collection spanned 51 years, it was akin to a lifetime achievement honor.



A Collection Of Christian Artifacts Unlike Any Other

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:06:30 -0500

Join us on a trip to the Museum of the Bible.