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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: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 04:32:00 -0400

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How Carli Lloyd Became A Soccer Star 'When Nobody Was Watching'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 04:32:00 -0400

Lloyd's journey to success was long and hard-fought. In her new memoir, she describes how she nearly quit playing soccer and reveals painful details about her strained relationship with her parents.


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Curious George Celebrates 75 Years Of Monkey Business

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:20:00 -0400

George has had many close calls, but did you know he once outran the Nazis? Despite some dated themes (we're looking at you, Man with the Yellow Hat) George is now a multimillion-dollar franchise.


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'Eyes On The Street' Details Jane Jacobs' Efforts To Put Cities First

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:56:00 -0400

Robert Kanigel's new biography recounts the life of Jacobs, a Greenwich Village public intellectual who championed street life and community. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a powerful work.


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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.


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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.


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'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.


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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.


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'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.


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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.


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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.


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'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.


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If You Think Eating Is A Political Act, Say Thanks To Frances Moore Lappe

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:07:00 -0400

When Frances Moore Lappe wrote the best-selling Diet For A Small Planet back in 1971, she helped start a conversation about the social and environmental impacts of the foods we choose.


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Food For Thought: 10 Restaurants That Shaped America

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:58:00 -0400

A Yale historian's new book explores America's changing tastes, and what they say about our culture — from class mobility to civil rights to women's changing status.


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