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Documentary Filmmaker On The Personal Essays In 'You Don't Look Your Age'

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:57:15 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon talks with award-winning documentary filmmaker Sheila Nevins about her new book, You Don't Look Your Age...And Other Fairy Tales.

Inside 'The Black Hand' Crime Wave A Century Ago

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:57:14 -0400

Stephan Talty's The Black Hand tells the story of the Black Hand crime wave that gripped New York City in the early 1900s and the one policeman who took it on. He talks with NPR's Scott Simon.

Art Is A Matter Of Life And Death In 'The Electric Sublime'

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:00:03 -0400

W. Maxwell Prince's bloody, silly and deeply likeable new graphic novel imagines a world where works of art are real spaces you can step into — with real problems that can cause hundreds of deaths.

19th Century Princess And Cookbook Author Was Also Georgia's First Feminist

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:38:00 -0400

Princess Barbare Jorjadze is renowned for her cookbook. But she spent most of her life writing letters, poems and essays, to fight for a greater public role for Georgian women.

Whose Side Was She On? 'American Heiress' Revisits Patty Hearst's Kidnapping

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:26:00 -0400

Legal expert Jeffrey Toobin says Hearst, who was abducted in 1974 and declared allegiance to her captors, "responded rationally to the circumstances." Originally broadcast Aug. 3, 2016.

What Did Ancient Romans Eat? New Novel Serves Up Meals And Intrigue

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0400

In ancient Rome, food was a bargaining chip for position for slaves and nobles alike. At the center of Feast Of Sorrow is real-life nobleman Apicius, who inspired the oldest surviving cookbook.

Paula Hawkins Prepares To Dive 'Into The Water'

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:04:00 -0400

Author Paula Hawkins was down on her luck when her 2015 book The Girl on the Train became a smash hit. Now she's grappling with success and preparing to launch her followup, Into the Water.

For 'New York Times' Obit Writers, 'Death Is Never Solicitous Of A Deadline'

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:52:00 -0400

Bruce Weber and Margalit Fox have written obituaries for thousands of people, ranging from heads of state to the inventor of the Etch-a-Sketch. They are featured in the new documentary Obit.

'The Radium Girls' Is Haunted By Glowing Ghosts

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0400

Kate Moore's account of the sufferings and struggles of the Radium Girls — factory workers who were poisoned by the glowing radium paint they worked with — reads like a true crime narrative.

In 'Walkaway,' A Blueprint For A New, Weird (But Better) World

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:00:02 -0400

Cory Doctorow's latest novel is set in a ripped-from-the-headlines near future dystopia, where the creative and the capable — and the lost — are walking into the wilderness to build a new world.

'The Handmaid's Tale' Wants You To Feel Like 'This Could Happen Here'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:23:00 -0400

Elisabeth Moss and Samira Wiley star in Hulu's TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1985 dystopian novel — in which fertile women become reproductive surrogates for powerful men and their barren wives.

'Maud' Doesn't Quite Live Up To Its Heroine's Example

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:00:01 -0400

Lucy Maud Montgomery — creator of Anne of Green Gables — seems like the perfect subject for a work of young adult fiction. But Melanie Fishbane's Maud feels like a draft of a Montgomery story.

Michael Bloomberg And Carl Pope On 'Climate Of Hope'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:03:00 -0400

Rachel Martin speaks with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former chairman of the Sierra Club Carl Pope about how cities should respond to climate change. Their book is Climate of Hope.

Now You Can Own JFK's Personal Reflections On History, For A Hefty Price

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:00:00 -0400

As a young journalist seven decades ago, John F. Kennedy witnessed a bombed-out Berlin and Adolf Hitler's bunker. Bidding on his diary starts Wednesday and is expected to top $200,000 Wednesday.

'Just Show Up': Sheryl Sandberg On How To Help Someone Who's Grieving

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:09:00 -0400

The Facebook executive lost her husband in 2015. She says, "Rather than offer to do something, it's often better to do anything. Just do something specific." Her new book is called Option B.