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'Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' Author Robert M. Pirsig Dies At 88

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:27:00 -0400

Zen was published by William Morrow in 1974, after being rejected by 121 publishing houses. The book has endured as a work of popular philosophy, and inspired many a road trip across the West.



A Watergate Villain Walks Into A Berkeley Restaurant. What Could Go Wrong?

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:30:00 -0400

A new film profiles influential chef Jeremiah Tower. When one of the most hated men in U.S. politics walked in for dinner at Berkeley's famed Chez Panisse, where Tower worked, a colorful scene ensued.



For Baseball's Rick Ankiel, Losing His Pitching Ability Led To An Unusual Comeback

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:42:00 -0400

Ankiel entered the major leagues in 1999 as a gifted pitcher, but one day suddenly lost that gift. He talks about his pitching demons, his troubled childhood and his way back to baseball.



'Hourglass' Exposes The Fissures That Develop In A Long-Term Marriage

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:41:00 -0400

Dani Shapiro's new memoir dramatizes the dizzying ways a lifetime passes, loops around, speeds up and sometimes seems to stand still. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it an incisive and charged work.



'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 08:07:00 -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.