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'Destined For War' Explores How To Avoid Unnecessary Future Conflicts

Mon, 29 May 2017 16:33:00 -0400

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Graham Allison, author of Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?, about honoring the dead by avoiding unnecessary wars.

'The Body And The Blood' Follows Exodus Of Christians In The Middle East

Mon, 29 May 2017 16:33:00 -0400

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Charles Sennott, author of The Body and the Blood: The Middle East's Vanishing Christians and the Possibility for Peace, and the executive director of The GroundTruth Project. Sennott talks about the history of Christian communities in the Middle East, and how so many of them are leaving the region.

'The Jersey Brothers' Highlights The Enduring Legacy Of World War II

Mon, 29 May 2017 16:33:00 -0400

Sally Mott Freeman's book, The Jersey Brothers, recounts the story of three men swept up by Word War II. The youngest brother gets captured in the Philippines, and the two others struggle to bring him home. NPR explores why stories of World War II remain so compelling to us today.

Remembering The Great Poet Gwendolyn Brooks At 100

Mon, 29 May 2017 04:01:00 -0400

A new biography celebrates the life and legacy of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks, who wrote about ordinary black life using extraordinary language.

Shatner's 'Spirit Of The Horse' Is An Ode To Four-Legged Friends

Sun, 28 May 2017 19:00:04 -0400

Yes, he was the captain of the Enterprise, but William Shatner is also a dedicated horseman and founder of the Hollywood Charity Horse Show. His love of horses is on display in his charming new book.

Hip, Hippo Hooray For 'River Of Teeth'

Sun, 28 May 2017 10:00:04 -0400

Sarah Gailey's alternate-history romp takes place in a United States that went ahead with a wild plan to farm hippos for meat. It's a delightful read that suffers only from being too short.

'The Reminders' Is A Story About Memory

Sun, 28 May 2017 08:09:35 -0400

What does it mean to be remembered? It's the question at the heart of The Reminders, the debut novel from actor, musician, and now author Val Emmich. He joins NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro.

Remembering Author Denis Johnson

Sat, 27 May 2017 07:59:26 -0400

Author Denis Johnson has died at the age of 67. He was best known for the short story collection Jesus' Son.

'Chemistry: A Novel' Is About A Scientist Whose Plans Gets Reconstituted

Sat, 27 May 2017 07:59:26 -0400

Scott Simon speaks with author Weike Wang about her new book Chemistry: A Novel.

In 'Shtum,' A Portrait Of Autism Drawn From Real Life

Sat, 27 May 2017 07:59:26 -0400

Jem Lester's debut novel follows three generations of men who can't communicate — a grandfather, a father and a profoundly autistic little boy. Lester says he modeled the boy on his own son.

Love, Money And Betrayal Make For Great Storytelling In 'The Heirs'

Sat, 27 May 2017 07:00:03 -0400

Susan Rieger's new book follows an upper-crust, Upper West Side family whose certainties are thrown into doubt after their father dies and an unknown Other Woman sues his estate for child support.

Denis Johnson, Author Who Wrote 'Jesus' Son,' Dies At 67

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:32:24 -0400

Denis Johnson was best known for his 1992 short story collection Jesus' Son. He won the 2007 National Book Award for the novel, Tree of Smoke. Johnson died Thursday at age 67.

'Praise The Lard': A Barbecue Legend Shows Us How To Master Smoked Chicken Wings

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:15:00 -0400

Mike Mills' chicken wings have been named the best in the country. He is even in the Barbecue Hall of Fame. His new book with daughter Amy Mills shares the gospel of barbecue with home cooks.

Remembering 'Jesus' Son,' From Denis Johnson

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:53:00 -0400

On the occasion of the death of writer Denis Johnson, we share a 2007 reflection on Johnson's book Jesus' Son, from novelist Nathan Englander.

'The End Of Eddy' Tells Of Growing Up Poor And Gay In Working-Class France

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:32:00 -0400

Édouard Louis' autobiographical novel is the story of a young man coming of age in a downtrodden French village. Critic John Powers calls it a "bulletin from the enraged heart of Le Pen country."