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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.

Last Build Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:00:14 -0500

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'To Be A Machine' Digs Into The Meaning Of Humanity

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:00:14 -0500

Mark O'Connell's new book is a lucid, soulful look at the transhumanist movement — a group who believe that direct interface between humans and machines is the only way forward for our species.

To This Scholar, For-Profit Colleges Are 'Lower Ed'

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 06:23:00 -0500

Tressie McMillan Cottom delves into the hopes and dreams of students outside the traditional college path.

Authors Hire Sensitivity Specialists To Avoid Offending Readers

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:03:00 -0500

When authors portray a culture that's not their own, inadvertent errors can be offensive. Some writers are turning to "sensitivity readers" who will look for details that don't ring true.

Photographer Builds A 'Photo Ark' For 6,500 Animal Species And Counting

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:52:00 -0500

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is on a mission to document every captive animal species in the world. He talks about getting an arctic fox to hold still, and Photoshopping out poop.

New Book Focuses On The 'Humanity Of Syria' Lost In The War

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:12:40 -0500

Writer Alia Malek's new book is The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria. She talks about why she chose to tell the story of Syria through her grandmother's apartment in Damascus.

'The Hate U Give' Explores Racism And Police Violence

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:12:39 -0500

In Angie Thomas' novel, Starr Carter lives in a gang-ravaged area and goes to a school where she's one of only a few black students. She talks with Lulu Garcia-Navarro about her book The Hate U Give.

Remembering Frank Delaney's 'Irish Gift Of Gab'

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:28:51 -0500

Scott Simon remembers Irish writer, broadcaster and critic Frank Delaney, who died this week at age 74.

Author Lionel Shriver On Cultural Appropriation And The 'Sensitivity Police'

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:28:51 -0500

NPR's Scott Simon talks with author Lionel Shriver about her outspoken views on cultural appropriation and what she feels is oversensitivity of the left.

'Harmless Like You' Is A Story Of How Hurts Are Inherited

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:28:51 -0500

NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Rowan Hisayo Buchanan about her debut novel, Harmless Like You, a story of how we inherit pain from our parents, and inevitably pass it to our descendants.

'Dear Friend' Is A Fraught And Unusual Memoir

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0500

Yiyun Li's first book of nonfiction is an unusual memoir — one that examines her depression and suicidal thoughts by drifting through her memories and thoughts on literature.

'The Poky Little Puppy' And His Fellow Little Golden Books Are Turning 75

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 06:48:00 -0500

Sold in supermarkets for just 25 cents, these inexpensive picture books — with cheerful illustrations and golden spines — were designed to democratize the children's book market.

Spread The Word: Butter Has An Epic Backstory

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

From its origins as a happy accident 10,000 years ago, to its role as the centerpiece of a school "rebellion," the tabletop staple has had quite a life. A new book tells the story.

Reading The Game: Shadow Of Mordor

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:00:13 -0500

As part of our occasional series on storytelling in video games, we're looking at a game where the story fails: Shadow of Mordor, which won awards for its gameplay, but lacks a compelling narrative.

'A Horse Walks Into A Bar,' And A Bad Comedy Set Proves Revelatory

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:00:21 -0500

David Grossman's unsettling new novel takes place over the course of a two-hour comedy set, as what seems like just a bad performance evolves into something truly strange, painful and urgent.

This Trip Through 'The Alps' Is A Little Bit Bumpy

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:00:21 -0500

Stephen O'Shea's quirky travelogue is packed with facts and history, but it's marred by a few odd choices — for example, why visit the famed skiing town of Val d'Isère at the height of summer?