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From Pamplona, With Love: 'The Sun Also' Turns 90

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:00:02 -0400

Ernest Hemingway's masterful first novel came out 90 years ago today; the story of aimless American expatriates drinking, fighting and falling in and out of love is regarded as one of his best works.

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.

'Thrill Me' Gets Personal About Life And Writing

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:00:02 -0400

Writer Benjamin Percy has been on both sides of the divide between literary and genre fiction, and Thrill Me is both a meditation on the writing life and a passionate argument against that divide.

In 'IQ,' A Sherlock For South Central

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:00:01 -0400

Joe Ide's debut novel follows Isaiah Quintabe, known as IQ around his Los Angeles neighborhood. IQ solves the crimes police won't touch — even when his clients can only pay him in chickens or tires.

'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.

A Fisherman And His Beautiful First Mate, On The Run In 'Girl From Venice'

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:00:30 -0400

Martin Cruz Smith's new World War II thriller follows a Venetian fisherman who saves a Jewish girl from pursuing Nazis — a predictable scenario, but one that surprisingly never goes stale.

Mary Oliver Issues A Full-Throated Spiritual Autobiography In 'Upstream'

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

Oliver's latest collection of essays reflect the author's passion for nature and literature. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Upstream presents a portrait of a visionary poet — and a "tough old broad."

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.

'Mister Monkey' Channels Disappointment In Many Voices

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 07:00:00 -0400

Francine Prose takes a comparatively light comic turn in her new novel, about the disappointing lives of a group of people involved in an off-off-off-off-Broadway musical based on a children's book.

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.

In 'Hag-Seed,' A Gentle Guide To Shakespeare's Stormy Island

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 07:00:29 -0400

Margaret Atwood's retelling of The Tempest follows the exiled director of a Shakespeare festival, now reduced to putting on shows with convicts at an isolated rural prison.

'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.