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Tina Brown To The Max

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:18:30 -0500

The journalist and editor has a new book that looks back at the early years of her legendary career.

Examining The Role Self Awareness Plays In Sexual Harassment

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:32:07 -0500

Many people accused of sexual harassment say they weren't aware that their behavior was inappropriate. NPR's Michel Martin talks with Tasha Eurich, author of the book Insight, about self-awareness.

In A New Novel, The 'Lost Prayers' Of A Gay Teen Bullied To Death

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:56:26 -0500

James Han Mattson's debut book, inspired by the real-life suicide of an outed young man, treats the Internet as both lifeline and paper trail of a tormented, small-town adolescence.

A Father's Cruel Mission To Create 'The Only Girl In The World'

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:56:26 -0500

Maude Julien's new memoir chronicles her extraordinary — and awful — childhood with fanatical parents determined to turn her into the ultimate survivor through deprivation, violence and endless tests.

25 Years Later, He Speaks To The Man Who Killed His Son

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:11:18 -0500

Ahead of the 25th anniversary of a shooting at Simon's Rock college in Massachusetts, a father whose son was killed that day sits down with the man who pulled the trigger.

Exploring Politics And Religion In 'Three Daughters Of Eve'

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:11:00 -0500

Turkish writer Elif Shafak juggles politics, faith and feminism in her new novel set in Turkey and England. Steve Inskeep speaks with her about her book Three Daughters of Eve.

'Cartoon County' Looks Back At The Golden Age Of Sunday Comics

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:41:34 -0500

Vanity Fair editor-at-large Cullen Murphy grew up the son of a cartoonist. His father, John Cullen Murphy, drew the popular Prince Valiant strip, which Murphy eventually wrote for 14 years.

The 2017 NPR Book Concierge: Get Your Read On

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 05:17:00 -0500

NPR launches its 2017 Book Concierge on Tuesday, pulling together a year's worth of favorite reads from staff and critics. NPR Books editor Petra Mayer talks about some of this year's selections.

NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2017's Great Reads

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 05:00:19 -0500

The Book Concierge is back and bigger than ever! Explore more than 350 standout titles picked by NPR staff and critics.

'Nuclear War Planner' Reflects On The Cold War And Assesses The Current Threat

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:46:43 -0500

In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press in hopes they would help end the Vietnam War. He looks back on his early days as a national security analyst in The Doomsday Machine.

Do Politics Matter In Poetry? New Biography Explores The Case Of Ezra Pound

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:46:43 -0500

A central figure in 20th century poetry, Pound was also an outspoken fascist. In The Bughouse, Daniel Swift investigates whether or not the poet's politics and madness matter to his work.

In 'Hiddensee,' Gregory Maguire Gets Under The Shell Of 'The Nutcracker'

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 08:08:00 -0500

Author Gregory Maguire made his name rewriting fairy tales. Now, he's taken on The Nutcracker — a beloved holiday classic, yes, but one that Maguire says makes no sense as it's usually performed.

Girl Meets Frog Monster In 'Mrs. Caliban'

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 07:00:00 -0500

This season's secret weapon in literary banter will be Mrs. Caliban, a peculiar, wonderful, overlooked 1983 novella by Rachel Ingalls, about a housewife whose life is upended by a suave frog monster.

Emily Wilson's 'Odyssey' Scrapes The Barnacles Off Homer's Hull

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 10:00:18 -0500

Wilson — the first woman to translate The Odyssey — has created a fresh, authoritative and slyly humorous version of Homer's epic that scours away archaisms while preserving nuance and complexity.

Debut Author Channeled Her 'Darker Bits' Into A Man Booker Shortlist Novel

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 07:43:55 -0500

Fiona Mozley's book Elmet explores masculinity in both male and female characters. "When we sort of see a woman possessing unexpected or fantastical physical strength it's questioned more," she says.