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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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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.



'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.



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.



'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.



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.



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.



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.



In 'Reputations,' A Political Cartoonist Faces Crisis Of Conscience

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:35:00 -0400

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vasquez about his novel, Reputations.



'Sing For Your Life' Recounts A Journey From Juvenile Detention To The Opera House

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:54:00 -0400

Ryan Speedo Green grew up in a trailer park and did time in juvenile detention before discovering he had a unique singing voice. He now performs at New York's Metropolitan Opera.



'The Face Of Britain' Tells A Nation's History Through Portraits

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:10:00 -0400

Art historian Simon Schama shares the stories behind the artworks — from the portrait that made an 18th-century actor into a star, to the one Winston Churchill's secretary threw into a bonfire.



Blogger Luvvie Ajayi Is Judging You With Her New Book

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 17:21:00 -0400

Blogger Luvvie Ajayi discusses her new book I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual, which has her takes on pop culture and more.