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NPR's brings you news about books and authors along with our picks for great reads. Interviews, reviews, the NPR Bestseller Lists, New in Paperback and much more.

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If You Want Groundbreaking Noir, Try Looking 'In A Lonely Place'

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:31:00 -0400

The 1950 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame was adapted from a lesser-known 1947 novel by Dorothy B. Hughes, who belongs in the crime-writing pantheon. The novel's just been re-released.

Books Become A Bridge Out Of Grief In 'The Futilitarians'

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Anne Gisleson was reeling from a series of family tragedies when she began meeting with friends to discuss books and life in post-Katrina New Orleans. Her new book chronicles a year of those meetings.

'What She Ate': The Culinary Biographies Of Some Remarkable Women

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:01:00 -0400

A new book examines the lives of six different women — such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown — through the food they ate. It's called What She Ate by Laura Shapiro.

The Antifa Handbook

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:06:30 -0400

The history and strategy of anti-fascist organizing.

'Y Is For Yesterday': Sue Grafton's Penultimate Mystery Series Novel

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:59:00 -0400

Sue Grafton's latest novel is the second to last in a series spanning A to Z and 35 years worth of best-selling murder mysteries featuring fictional female detective Kinsey Millhone.

'Young Jane Young' Is A Political Sex Scandal, Told Through Women's Eyes

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:59:08 -0400

Young Jane Young is the story of a political sex scandal, told through the women who endure it. Author Gabrielle Zevin tells Lulu Garcia-Navarro she hopes readers will think twice about shaming women.

Sweet, Generous 'Wild Things' Is A Playful Survey Of Kid Lit

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:00:20 -0400

Bruce Handy's new book takes an emotional, intuitive look at the world of children's books, from Goodnight Moon to Charlotte's Web, which he calls "a mastery novel of ideas" about life and death.

'Good Booty' Explores A Century Of Music, Sex And American Culture

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:10:00 -0400

Critic Ann Powers embarks on a wide-ranging history of pop music in America in her new book Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music.

Motherhood In The Guise Of Terror In 'Fierce Kingdom'

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:11:40 -0400

Fierce Kingdom is about every parent's worst nightmare. A mother and her son, in the zoo at closing time, see a shooter and run. And hide. Gin Phillips talks to Scott Simon about her latest novel.

'Stay With Me' Is A Novel Of Commitment, Culture And The Struggle To Conceive

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:11:40 -0400

Set in Nigeria in the 1980s, Ayobami Adebayo's debut novel tells the story of a couple who desperately want to have a child, in a society where that's what's expected of them.

In 'The Stone Sky,' Some Worlds Need To Burn

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:00:20 -0400

N.K. Jemisin won Hugo Awards for the first two volumes of her Broken Earth trilogy. The Stone Sky is a powerful, timely finale to this story of a world built on oppression and exploitation.

'Sour Heart' Offers A Fierce, Fresh Take On The 'Hell' Of Coming To America

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:21:00 -0400

The stories in Jenny Zhang's powerful debut collection center on the violent, sometimes disturbing experiences of young Chinese-American girls growing up in Queens, NY.

The Next Chapter For Dystopian Literature

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:06:30 -0400

Everyone dies in the end.

In 'Good Booty,' Our Hot And Heavy Love Affair With Pop Music

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:00:19 -0400

Sex is such an inextricable part of pop music, it's easy to overlook, but NPR Music critic Ann Powers rectifies that in her new book, a portrait of America's obsession with sex as it manifests in pop.

3 Romances For Your August Escape

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:00:18 -0400

The lazy days of August call for getaway reading, so we've got three romances that'll take you from old China to the small-town South, featuring couples who learn love is closer than they think.