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'Janesville' Looks At A Factory Town After The Factory Shuts Down

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:53:45 -0400

Washington Post reporter Amy Goldstein talks about her book Janesville: An American Story, that's about a factory town in Wisconsin that lost its lifeblood when its factory shut down.

'Thunder In The Mountains' Tells Tragedy Of Two Strong, Opposing Leaders

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:53:00 -0400

Daniel Sharfstein's new book Thunder In the Mountains sheds new light on the Nez Perce Indian wars, and the two historical figures on each side of the conflict: Chief Joseph and Oliver Otis Howard.

'The Handmaid's Tale' Is Among A Resurgence Of Dystopian Literature

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:07:31 -0400

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood was a best-seller list after the 2016 election. We reread the dystopian classic to prep for a new TV miniseries that begins next week.

In Ann Brashare's Latest, Two Kids From A Fractured Family Meet At Last

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:07:31 -0400

The author behind the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series writes from experience — her parents divorced when she was young, and she says the divisions remain "to this day."

David McCullough's Collected Speeches Will Give Your 'American Spirit' A Boost

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0400

Speeches in book form are a reliable cash cow for publishers, and tend to fall into the "last minute gift idea" category. But David McCullough's new The American Spirit is a happy exception.

Author Alison MacLeod Tries To Find Humor In Terrorism

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 08:14:30 -0400

In her new book of short stories, Alison MacLeod spins biography, news stories and family history into surreal fiction. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly asks her about All the Beloved Ghosts.

Dark Lives Of 'The Radium Girls' Left A Bright Legacy For Workers, Science

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 08:14:00 -0400

Kate Moore's new book digs into the short, painful lives of the Radium Girls, who worked painting luminous dials on watches and clocks — and were poisoned by the glowing radium paint they used.

Wanting More From 'Imagine Wanting Only This'

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:00:30 -0400

Kristen Radtke is an experienced writer and artist, but her graphic memoir — about grief, loss and obsessive travel — disappoints with rudimentary illustrations and spotty storytelling.

'Girls & Sex' And The Importance Of Talking To Young Women About Pleasure

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:24:00 -0400

Author Peggy Orenstein says that when it comes to adolescent sexuality, the subject of girls' pleasure is often left unspoken. Originally broadcast March 29, 2016.

The Truth About Ugly Foods: They're Delicious, Abundant And Good For The Planet

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:25:00 -0400

From ugly fish like sea robin to the discarded parts of livestock, like ox cheeks and chicken feet, a new book celebrates repugnant-looking but flavorful foods, and urges us to eat more of them.

Vegan Cookbooks Spill The Beans About Aquafaba, The Eggless Egg White

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:33:00 -0400

The discovery that the liquid from canned beans can be whipped into an egg white substitute has taken the vegan world by storm. Now DIY recipes are being codified into cookbooks.

How Do You Bond With Mozart? Adopt A Starling

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:56:00 -0400

Naturalist and author Lyanda Lynn Haupt took her research on Mozart to a whole new level when she invited a young starling into her home.

'Tender' Stories Are A Feast Of Ideas

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:00:29 -0400

Sofia Samatar is the creator of an award-winning fantasy world; she sticks closer to earth in her powerful first story collection, but it's not always the earth we might recognize.

'The Book Of Joan' Is A Dizzying, Dystopian Genre Mashup

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Lidia Yuknavitch reimagines Joan of Arc as a freedom fighter on a blighted future earth, setting herself against the charismatic ruler of a satellite colony of nearly unrecognizably mutated humans.

From 'F-Bomb' To 'Photobomb,' How The Dictionary Keeps Up With English

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:32:00 -0400

For a new word to enter the dictionary, it must meet three criteria: widespread use, sustained use and meaningful use. Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper explains the process in Word by Word.