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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.



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'Kingdom' Examines Afghanistan Through The Prism Of The Karzai Family

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:18:00 -0400

Journalist Joshua Partlow was in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2012, a time of corruption, government dysfunction and civilian hostility to U.S. military operations. His new book is A Kingdom of Their Own.



'Death's End' Brings An Epic Trilogy To A Satisfying Close

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:00:26 -0400

Chinese author Cixin Liu caps his Hugo Award-winning Remembrance of Earth's Past series with an intricately structured, immensely complex tale of a rocket scientist caught in a human-alien conflict.



Before 'Humans Of New York,' Terkel Showed Dignity In Everyday People In 'Working'

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:46:00 -0400

Iconic journalist Studs Terkel was creating a best-seller, when he interviewed people around the U.S. for his book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.



'Hidden Figures': How Black Women Did The Math That Put Men On The Moon

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:46:00 -0400

Back in the days of the space race, "computers" were people — often women — who performed vital calculations. Hidden Figures tells the stories of the women who got some of the first men to space.



Depicting Sexual Predators As Villains In Fiction Is Tricky

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:35:26 -0400

Humbert Humbert, the main character in Lolita, is one of the most famous "sympathetic" villains in history. Today, a story from the point of view of a sexual predator might not get told in literature.



'Working' Then And Now: Studs Terkel's Book Interviews Resurface As Audio

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:35:00 -0400

All this week on NPR, you'll hear the voices of people Studs Terkel interviewed in his book, Working. Among the interviews you'll hear this week are a telephone operator and hotel piano player.



Lose Yourself In The Twisting, Turning Alleys Of 'Crooked Kingdom'

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 07:00:25 -0400

Leigh Bardugo's followup to her steampunky heist tale Six of Crows follows teenage criminal mastermind Kaz and his ragged crew as they take revenge for a betrayal and deal with a dangerous drug.



'Let There Be Laughter': Modern Jewish Jokes Poke At Assimilation

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:47:00 -0400

Michael Krasny's new book is called Let There Be Laughter. He tells NPR's Scott Simon about this treasury of great Jewish jokes, and why they matter.



A Cartoonist Confronts The Power Of His Pen In 'Reputations'

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:00:25 -0400

Juan Gabriel Vásquez's new novel centers on a respected and feared political cartoonist whose past comes back to haunt him after he receives a threatening letter. It's a powerful, concentrated work.



Mary Karr On Writing Memoirs: 'No Doubt I've Gotten A Million Things Wrong'

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:47:02 -0400

Karr discusses the faults of memory, the challenges of writing about loved ones and the pain of deleting pages because "there was something untrue about them." Originally broadcast Sept. 15, 2015.



Pop Culture Happy Hour: Emmys, Comedy And Your Spooky Grandpa

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0400

An assortment of odds and ends, including an Emmys recap, David Greene's interview with comedian Hari Kondabolu, and Petra Mayer's discussion with English writer Alan Moore.



'Darktown' Imagines What It Was Like For Atlanta's First Black Policemen

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 05:07:00 -0400

In 1948, eight African-American men joined Atlanta's police force. Those pioneer officers — who couldn't drive squad cars or even step foot in headquarters — inspired Thomas Mullen's new novel.



'Born To Run' Is A 500-Page Springsteen Show

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:17:00 -0400

Can't see The Boss in concert? Pick up his new memoir, which begins with 7-year-old Springsteen watching Elvis on TV. From $3-a-night shows to swooning stadiums, it's a wild and well-written ride.



At White House, A Golden Moment For America's Great Artists And Patrons

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:22:00 -0400

Two dozen luminaries — from Terry Gross to Mel Brooks, Morgan Freeman to Louise Glück — got laurels Thursday, as President Obama awarded the National Medals of Arts and National Humanities Medals.



'The Wonder' Is A Hard-To-Believe Tale Of Belief

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:21:24 -0400

Emma Donoghue's latest follows a nurse in 19th century Ireland who agrees to monitor a famed fasting girl. But both the unsympathetic nurse and the credulous villagers are hard to like or understand.