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

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:03:28 -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.



Anne Frank's Diary At 75

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

It's been 75 years since 13-year-old Anne Frank sat down to write her first diary entry about hiding during World War II. Today, her legacy is carried on at an elementary school in Philadelphia.



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.



'The Sarah Book' Is An Unsparing Primal Scream Of A Book

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Scott McClanahan's semi-autobiographical novel is packed with loss, pain and existential anguish, but his narrator — also named Scott — refuses to give up, no matter how often he's knocked down.



Eddie Izzard: Coming Out Gave Me The Confidence For Everything Else

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:40:00 -0400

Fair warning: There are no actual jazz chickens in Eddie Izzard's new Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens. But it does provide insight into what makes the acclaimed comedian tick.



Sherman Alexie Says He's Been 'Indian Du Jour' For A 'Very Long Day'

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:45:00 -0400

Alexie is excited for a new generation of Native American writers to come on the scene, "so I don't have to answer all the questions," he says. His new memoir is You Don't Have to Say You Love Me.



'The Alchemist's Daughter' Is No Frankenstein's Monster

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Theodora Goss's novel takes bits and pieces from several different monstrous mythologies — Jekyll and Hyde, Dr. Moreau and more — but she makes something new and deceptively intricate out of them.



Sherman Alexie's New Book Is An Emotional Memoir About His Mother

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:05:00 -0400

Sherman Alexie has often turned to his childhood on the Spokane Indian Reservation for inspiration. Now, he looks at the life of his mother in a memoir called You Don't Have to Say You Love Me.