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Last Build Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:05:31 -0400

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A Veteran TV News Anchor Pens A Prescient Novel In 'Amanda Wakes Up'

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:05:31 -0400

Alisyn Camerota's book is about a political newcomer fresh from Hollywood facing off against a female senator. But 2016 similarities aside, the CNN anchor says she wrote it long before the election.

'Caesar's Last Breath' Is A Breezy History Of Our Atmosphere

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:00:03 -0400

Sam Kean's funny, conversational new book reminds us not to take the air we breathe for granted — our atmosphere can tell stories about everything from dinosaurs and Julius Caesar to space flight.

Samantha Hunt On Her Short Stories In 'The Dark Dark'

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:08:15 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon talks with acclaimed novelist Samantha Hunt about her first book of short stories, The Dark Dark, which explores the fantastical and the sorrowful in everyday life.

Yes, Some Comics Are For Kids — And They're Big Business

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:08:15 -0400

What's the best way to get people reading comics? Hook 'em young. And comics for early readers are booming — even big publishers like DC, famed for grim and gritty, are getting in on the action.

Life Lessons (With Zombies) In 'Minecraft: The Island'

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 07:00:03 -0400

Max Brooks' latest novel is set in the world of the popular video game Minecraft — and once you get past that, it has a lot of valuable ideas for young readers, cleverly disguised with plenty of fun.

The Un-Pretty History Of Georgia's Iconic Peach

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:00:02 -0400

The state isn't the biggest producer of the pink-orange fruit. So why are Georgia peaches so iconic? The answer has a lot to do with slavery — its end and a need for the South to rebrand itself.

2 Smart New Novels Find Humor In Fantasies Of Escape

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:58:54 -0400

These terrific comic novels — The Last Laugh by Lynn Freed and Who Is Rich? by Matthew Klam — will have you laughing at the many ways we all try to run away from the realities of life.

In 'Fetch,' A Memorial To A Beloved Dog Raises Hard Questions

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:00:02 -0400

Do you deserve your pets? Do you deserve the people in your life? In her new graphic memoir, Nicole Georges suggests the two questions are closely related — and you may not like the answers.

The Poet Bao Phi, On Creating A 'Guidebook' For Young Asian-Americans

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:00:00 -0400

When Bao Phi was a child, there was little literature about Vietnamese refugees in the U.S. Phi hopes to change that with his new poetry book Thousand Star Hotel and a forthcoming children's book.

Collaborator Says Sendak Would Be 'Jumping For Joy' Over New Publication

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:16:00 -0400

More than 20 years ago, Maurice Sendak and Arthur Yorinks collaborated on a book called Presto and Zesto in Limboland. But they were both busy with other projects, and never bothered to publish it.

Billy Bragg On Skiffle, The Movement That Brought Guitar To British Radio

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:13:00 -0400

The singer describes skiffle as "a bunch of British school boys in the mid '50s playing Lead Belly's repertoire ... on acoustic guitars." Bragg's new book is Roots, Radicals And Rockers.

We All Live In The Dark, But Some Of Us Live In 'The Dark Dark'

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:00:01 -0400

Samantha Hunt's new story collection dissects the unique strangeness of women's lives, mixing eerie fantasy with solid literary sensibility and a knack for strange and lovely set pieces.

London Literally Stank In The Summer Of 1858 — Just Ask Dickens And Darwin

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:52:00 -0400

In One Hot Summer, historian Rosemary Ashton follows Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin and Benjamin Disraeli through an unpleasant couple of months — as the River Thames flowed with hot, smelly sewage.

It Is A Truth Universally Acknowledged That Jane Austen Pairs Well With Tea

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:21:00 -0400

Pinkies up, Janeites! We mark the bicentennial of Austen's death with a look at her relationship with a beloved cuppa.

Inside The 'Shakespearean Irony' Of Trump And Bannon's Relationship

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:27:00 -0400

Author Joshua Green says that although Steve Bannon was instrumental to Donald Trump's election, it now appears that the president lacks the ability to implement Bannon's nationalist vision.