Last Build Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:27:00 -0400Copyright: Copyright 2017 NPR - For Personal Use Only
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:27:00 -0400Zen 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.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:30:00 -0400A 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.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:42:00 -0400Ankiel 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.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:41:00 -0400Dani 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.
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:53:45 -0400Washington 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.
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:53:00 -0400Daniel 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.
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:07:31 -0400The 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.
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:07:00 -0400The 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."
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0400Speeches 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.
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 08:14:30 -0400In 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.
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 08:14:00 -0400Kate 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.
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:00:30 -0400Kristen Radtke is an experienced writer and artist, but her graphic memoir — about grief, loss and obsessive travel — disappoints with rudimentary illustrations and spotty storytelling.
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:24:00 -0400Author Peggy Orenstein says that when it comes to adolescent sexuality, the subject of girls' pleasure is often left unspoken. Originally broadcast March 29, 2016.
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:25:00 -0400From 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.
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:33:00 -0400The 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.