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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 Democracies Die' Authors Say Trump Is A Symptom Of 'Deeper Problems'

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:25:00 -0500

Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt are experts in what makes democracies healthy — and what leads to their collapse. They warn that American democracy is in trouble.



Escaping Boko Haram In 'A Gift From Darkness'

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:57:11 -0500

Writer Andrea Hoffmann tells NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro the story of Patience Ibrahim, a teenager captured and brutalized by Boko Haram. Ibrahim and Hoffmann co-authored the book A Gift from Darkness.



Crime Is Down In American Cities, And 'Uneasy Peace' Explains Why

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 07:29:02 -0500

Contrary to what you might see on TV, homicide, assault and rapes have decreased in big cities since the 1970s. Patrick Sharkey attributes the change, in part, to something that happened in the '90s.



How The Man In The Apartment Hit Big With 'The Woman In The Window'

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 07:25:00 -0500

Take a pinch of Hitchcock, a bit of Gone Girl, stir in a mysterious author and you've got the recipe for something unusual: One of the rare debut novels to hit number one its first week on the market.



Daniel Ellsberg Explains Why He Leaked The Pentagon Papers

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:25:00 -0500

In 1971, Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press in the hope that they would help end the Vietnam War. His story is portrayed in the new film The Post. Originally broadcast Dec. 4, 2017.



In 'Munich,' Neville Chamberlain Gets The Best Of Hitler

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:54:00 -0500

History hasn't been kind to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, who tried to head off war by appeasing Adolf Hitler. But Robert Harris' new novel Munich asks readers to reconsider Chamberlain.



A Former Neo-Nazi Explains Why Hate Drew Him In — And How He Got Out

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:34:00 -0500

Christian Picciolini spent eight years as a member of a violent, white power skinhead group. He eventually withdrew and co-founded a nonprofit to help extremists disengage.



Daniel Pink's 'When' Shows the Importance Of Timing Throughout Life

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:16:00 -0500

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with author Daniel Pink about his new book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. In his book, Pink examines the importance of timing in various aspects of life.



Are Implanted Medical Devices Creating A 'Danger Within Us'?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:10:59 -0500

Medical journalist Jeanne Lenzer warns that implanted medical devices are approved with far less scrutiny and testing than drugs. As a result, she says, some have caused harm and even death.



Picture Book Author Says 'I Had To Be Real' When Writing 'Love'

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:19:00 -0500

Matt de la Peña's new children's book covers the good and the bad of everyday life. He says, "I had to be honest that there are going to be these things in life that are tough and that are dark."



'They Didn't Want Me There': Remembering The Terror Of School Integration

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:31:02 -0500

In 1957, three years after the Supreme Court declared segregated schools unconstitutional, Melba Pattillo Beals was one of nine black students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.



When 2 Children Are Murdered, 'The Perfect Nanny' Is Anything But

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 07:51:55 -0500

Leila Slimani's breakout novel, inspired by true stories of killer caregivers, chronicles the complex relationship between a mother and her babysitter.



With Greater Economic Strength, India Believes Its 'Time Has Come'

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 07:00:20 -0500

"I don't think India wants to be a formal U.S. ally," says Alyssa Ayres, author of Our Time Has Come: How India Is Making Its Place in the World. "It sees alliance relationships as too constraining."



Reproductive Freedom Lies Just Outside The U.S. Border In 'Red Clocks'

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 07:46:58 -0500

Leni Zumas' new novel follows five women in an Oregon town, living in an alternate reality where abortion and IVF are illegal — a world that Zumas says "could happen next week."



Author Of The Other 'Fire And Fury' Book Says Business Is Booming

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 16:27:00 -0500

Historian and author Randall Hansen's book, Fire And Fury: The Allied Bombing Of Germany 1942-1945, has been mistaken by buyers for Michael Wolff's Trump exposé and selling out.