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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:07:00 -0500In a new collection, 16 essayists describe how Michelle Obama helped change the perception of black women and the White House.
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:05:18 -0500The Guardian's Migration Correspondent Patrick Kingsley's book The New Odyssey follows several migrants on their journeys from war-torn countries in the Middle East and Africa to Europe.
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:02:24 -0500Hey Harry, Hey Matilda is a funny and sometimes icky story of twins. It's told through the twins' emails and unfolds around a lie. Author Rachel Hulin tells Lulu Garcia-Navarro about her new novel.
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:52:00 -0500In the 1950s, the linguist — then an "amateur" — helped create a system to Romanize Chinese writing. Zhou's system helped boost literacy and diminished the linguistic divide between East and West.
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:45 -0500The Divergent author's new series takes place in a world where everyone has a gift that reflects their personality. One character has what Roth describes as "a supernatural form of chronic pain."
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:45 -0500Henry Morgenthau III had a long and eventful life even before he started writing poetry in his 90s. Now, at age 100, he's promoting his first poetry collection, called A Sunday in Purgatory.
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:00 -0500The author of the novel The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty, has died at the age of 89. Scott Simon spoke with him in 2011 about the novel — and he said he never meant for it to be so scary.
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 07:00:21 -0500The second installment of Laura Anne Gilman's gritty, mythmaking Devil's West series follows Isobel, the Devil's Left Hand, as she learns the extent of her powers and battles an ancient, angry spirit.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:20:00 -0500The novelist died from cancer on Thursday. Blatty was best known for writing the best-selling 1971 horror fiction about a 12-year-old girl, possessed by the devil, before the 1973 film became a hit.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:21:00 -0500Lemony Snicket, AKA Daniel Handler, wrote the children's book series, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Handler spoke to Terry Gross in 2001 and in 2012, when he brought his accordion to the studio.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:29:00 -0500Writer Gregor Hens doesn't smoke anymore, but he still thinks about it every day. He says he started writing his memoir as a way to deal with the longing.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:30:00 -0500In the children's books, food is practically a supporting character. So why not welcome the poor Baudelaire orphans with a delightfully miserable repast while binge-watching the new show?
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500Simon and Schuster's book deal with controversial Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos drew strong criticism online, and sparked a debate on publishing's role in limiting the availability of ideas.
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:00:09 -0500Samanta Schweblin's debut novel starts as a warped child's game, and evolves into a terrifyingly toxic eco-horror tale in the vein of short-but-creepy Latin American classics like Pedro Páramo.
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 04:36:00 -0500Every once in a while, NPR's go-to books guru sends host Steve Inskeep a big stack of books. They're generally "under-the-radar" reads — titles she thinks deserve a little more attention.