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NPR interviews with top authors and the NPR Book Tour, a weekly feature and podcast where leading authors read and discuss their writing. Subscribe to the RSS feed.

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'Frazzled' Takes Hilarious Look At The Ups and Downs Of Middle School

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:27:00 -0400

Author Booki Vivat takes a hilarious look at middle school in her debut novel, Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom. The book is full of Vivat's incredible doodles of Abbie Wu who thinks, "Nothing good happens in the Middles." We'll find out if she's doomed.

Kidnapped, Then Forced Into The Sideshow: The True Story Of The Muse Brothers

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:23:00 -0400

Journalist Beth Macy talks about George and Willie Muse, black albino brothers who were born in the Jim Crow South and were forced to become circus freaks. Her new book, Truevine, retells their story.

How Free Web Content Traps People In An Abyss Of Ads And Clickbait

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:24:00 -0400

Author and law professor Tim Wu says much of the "free" content on the Web comes at a price to users, who are subjected to ads that are targeted specifically at them and increasingly hard to ignore.

'Truevine' Tells The Tale Of 2 Black Albino Brothers Forced To Work For The Circus

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 05:03:00 -0400

For years, black children around Roanoke, Va., heard the cautionary tale of Willie and George Muse, African American albino brothers who were kidnapped and forced to perform in a series of circuses.

'Nobody's Son': A Memoir Of Childhood, Immigration And A Mother's Love

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 07:26:00 -0400

Mark Slouka's new memoir Nobody's Son. It chronicles his family's life in Communist Czechoslovakia, their immigration to Pennsylvania and his difficult relationship with his troubled mother.

'Love For Sale': A History Of Pop Music That's As Personal As It Gets

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 07:49:35 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon talks to music critic David Hajdu about his new book, "Love For Sale," in which he chronicles the 100-plus year history of American pop music.

'Worst President Ever': One Author Says This Title Goes To James Buchanan

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 07:49:35 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with writer Robert Strauss about his new book, "Worst. President. Ever." Strauss looks at James Buchanan's time in office and argues he led the country to demise.

Jacqueline Woodson On Growing Up, Coming Out And Saying Hi To Strangers

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:34:00 -0400

Woodson won the National Book Award for young people's literature in 2014 for her memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, and is a finalist for another NBA this year. Originally broadcast Dec. 20, 2014.

Pregnancy Is Personal, Not Political, In 'The Mothers'

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 04:44:00 -0400

A teenager faces an unplanned pregnancy in this debut novel by Brit Bennett. The 26-year-old author says people don't necessarily ask themselves: What would I do if I were in this situation?

'I Had To Create My Own Lane': How Taraji P. Henson Found Her Place In Hollywood

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 04:40:00 -0400

The actress became famous for her role in TV's Empire, but the road to Cookie wasn't easy. In her new memoir, Around the Way Girl, Henson shares stories of pushing her way to the top.

Vegan Chefs Show How To Make Even A Carrot The Centerpiece Of A Meal

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:21:00 -0400

V Street, the new cookbook by married chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, features recipes inspired by global street food. Jacoby says the right techniques can coax "amazing flavor" out of vegetables.

Artist David Hockney Says The Drive To Create Pictures 'Is Deep Within Us'

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 04:44:00 -0400

The nearly 80-year-old artist has written a book called A History of Pictures. It's chock-full of art he has loved looking at and includes one painter he credits with inventing Hollywood lighting.

Skeletons In The Closet: What Ghost Stories Reveal About America's Past

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:32:00 -0400

Why are so many ghosts unmarried women? And why doesn't Richmond, Va., have ghost stories about slavery? Writer Colin Dickey explores all that and more in a new book called Ghostland.

How The 'Cannabis Catch-22' Keeps Marijuana Classified As A Harmful Drug

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:22:00 -0400

Author John Hudak says federal law makes it hard to prove the medicinal value of marijuana. "As a Schedule 1 drug, it is very difficult to do research on the plant," he explains.

Jonathan Safran Foer On Marriage, Religion And Universal Balances

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:50:59 -0400

Safran Foer's new novel, Here I Am, is told from the points of view of different members of a Jewish family. He says it's about things falling apart — but also about "people trying to mend things."