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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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On Harry Potter's 20th Anniversary, Listen To His NPR Debut

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:28:00 -0400

The first Harry Potter book came out 20 years ago today. One year later, in 1998, was the first time we mentioned the book, on All Things Considered. Here's Margot Adler's piece in its entirety.



The Call-In: Your Questions About Making Relationships Last

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:06:18 -0400

It's wedding season! For this week's Call-In, Mandy Len Catron, author of the new book How to Fall in Love with Anyone, answers your questions about love and relationships.



A New Delhi Family Learns To Navigate Wealth After A 'Windfall'

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:06:18 -0400

Diksha Basu's new novel was inspired by the explosion of wealth she saw in 1990s India. She says money is a complex thing, and it takes a while for her characters to see that.



An Ancient Curse Awakens In 'The Suffering Tree'

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 07:00:24 -0400

A family curse, a resurrection and a vengeful witch are at the center of Elle Cosimano's Southern Gothic chiller The Suffering Tree. But the book elides its setting's history of racial violence.



'But Seriously,' Tennis Great John McEnroe Says He's Seeking 'Inner Peace'

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 06:16:00 -0400

Known for his on-court outbursts, McEnroe famously yelled, "You cannot be serious!" at one official. Now, decades later, he says it's a "miracle" if he goes a full day without hearing that line.



'Interlaced Fingers' Traces Roots Of Racial Disparity In Kidney Transplants

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:03:00 -0400

When Dr. Vanessa Grubbs fell in love with a man whose kidneys were failing, he'd been waiting for a transplant for years. Her book explores the ways racial inequity is embedded in the system.



'Too Fat, Too Slutty' Challenges Cultural Expectations Of Women

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:00:23 -0400

Anne Helen Petersen's new book is a thoughtful consideration of several public women — from Nicki Minaj to Hillary Clinton — who've run up against the invisible expectations our culture has of them.



'The End of Eddy' Recounts Growing Up Amid Homophobia And Violence

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:01:02 -0400

In The End of Eddy, French author Edouard Louis writes about his experience growing up gay and abused in industrial France. He speaks to NPR's Melissa Block.



'The Force' Is Basically 'Game Of Thrones' With Cops — And That's Pretty Great

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:00:23 -0400

Don Winslow's new novel is packed with crooked cops and crookeder crooks, all defending their territories and trying to maintain a status quo where everyone earns, everyone eats and no wars break out.



75 Years Later, Anne Frank's Diary Still Has Much To Teach

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:02:00 -0400

The first entry of what became The Diary Of A Young Girl was written 75 years ago this month. We asked fifth-graders at Anne Frank Elementary School in Philadelphia what they learned from it.



What Hath Jobs Wrought?

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:06:30 -0400

Odds are, you're looking at this on a smartphone.



Shades Of Gray Turn Sumptuous In 'Chain Letter'

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:00:23 -0400

In Chain Letter, cartoonist Farel Dalrymple returns to The City, the mysterious metropolis at the heart of his early 2000s series Pop Gun War. It's a weird, complicated and charming place.



Updating Frankenstein For The Age of Black Lives Matter

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:13:00 -0400

The classic tale of the Monster resurrected from the dead gets a new treatment in Victor LaValle's new limited-series comic.



ExxonMobil Uses Carbon Tax Strategy To Its Advantage, Author Says

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:06:00 -0400

ExxonMobil and several other oil companies are backing a Republican-led plan for a carbon tax. Steve Inskeep talks to Steve Coll, author of the book Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power.



In The Event Of Attack, Here's How The Government Plans 'To Save Itself'

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:39:00 -0400

In Raven Rock, Garrett Graff describes the bunkers designed to protect U.S. leaders in the event of a catastrophe. One Cold War-era plan put the post office in charge of cataloging the dead.