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This Is Moebius' Brain Off Drugs: Late Artist Gets High On Life

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:00:22 -0500

Inside Moebius is the last long-form book the legendary French comic artist completed before his death in 2012. It's a loopy story based on the notes he kept while weaning himself off of marijuana.

W.E.B. Du Bois At 150

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:07:00 -0500

The great African-American sociologist, historian and writer W.E.B. Du Bois was born 150 years ago this week. His classic book, The Souls of Black Folk, has been republished with a new introduction.

Rick Steves Gets Uncomfortable In 'Travel As A Political Act'

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500

Your parents' favorite travel expert has made his name as a low-key, approachable, optimistic guy. But in his new book, he doesn't shy away from trouble and the ways travel makes you an outsider.

Zadie Smith Ruminates On Brexit, Bieber And Much, Much More In 'Feel Free'

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:36:03 -0500

Smith's massive new essay collection covers a wide assortment of topics, but critic Maureen Corrigan says Feel Free is strongest when it focuses on art and identity.

Memoirist Retraces Her Journey From Survivalist Childhood To Cambridge Ph.D.

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:07:00 -0500

Growing up, Tara Westover had no birth certificate, never saw a doctor and didn't go to school. She writes about her awkward transition into the mainstream in Educated: A Memoir.

Michio Kaku Predicts "The Future of Humanity"

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:18:30 -0500

The futurist and physicist talks about mankind's next giant leap.

'Decarcerating America' Is A Powerful Call For Reform

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:00:21 -0500

This new essay, edited by Ernest Drucker, argues that mass incarceration — more than 2 million Americans are locked up — tears at our social fabric and leaves people with no option but to reoffend.

Artists And Criminals: On The Cutting Edge Of Tech

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:01:51 -0500

Sci-fi authors like William Gibson foresaw what the Internet would bring. Inspired by their visions, NPR's Laura Sydell set out to see what artists and criminals think about and do with technology.

'Automating Inequality': Algorithms In Public Services Often Fail The Most Vulnerable

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:44:00 -0500

Author Virginia Eubanks argues that automated systems that governments across the U.S. use to deliver benefit and welfare programs are often rigged against the very people who need it most.

'Only Child': A Story of Loss, Grief And Hope

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 18:00:06 -0500

Rhiannon Navin's Only Child, a novel about the aftermath of a school shooting came out shortly before a fatal school shooting in Florida. NPR's Michel Martin talks to Navin about overcoming tragedy.

'Manuscripts' Encourages Readers To Approach The Bible Like A Novel

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 10:00:20 -0500

The Bible's famous verse and chapter structure is relatively recent — and surprisingly unpopular. And a new version out now aims to make it more approachable by structuring it like any other book.

'Dreadful Young Ladies And Other Stories' From A Self-Proclaimed 'Strange Woman'

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 08:07:38 -0500

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Newbery Medal winner Kelly Barnhill about Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories, her new collection of dark, whimsical fantasies.

For These Unhappy Campers, Trauma Blights Their Lives 'Forevermore'

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 07:00:20 -0500

Kim Fu's new novel about a sleepaway camp sojourn that turns shattering for five young girls. But though the troubles seem tame — thirst and a lack of gummi bears — the horror comes later.

In 'Down The River,' Walter Mosley Latest Detective Novel Deals With Dualities

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 17:21:14 -0500

NPR's Michel Martin talks with prolific detective novelist Walter Mosley about his book, Down The River Unto The Sea, which takes on real world issues of policing, activism and criminal justice.

'Piecing Me Together' Novelist Says She Writes To Help Kids Feel Seen

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:08:11 -0500

Renée Watson won the Coretta Scott King Award for her novel about a black student at a mostly white private school.