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Novelist Richard Powers Finds New Stories Deep In Old Growth Forests

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:31:00 -0400

In The Overstory, Powers explores how humans can revere ancient trees with "the same kind of sanctity that we reserve exclusively for ourselves."

'God Save Texas' Is Essential Reading For Everyone — Even Non-Texans

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:00:23 -0400

Lawrence Wright is at his best in this new examination of his home state — a thoughtful, beautifully written book about a place that can be hard for outsiders to understand.

The Wednesday News Roundup

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:06:30 -0400

You read that right.

Man Of Steel, Belted: 'Action Comics #1000' And The Return Of A Super-Accessory

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:00:29 -0400

This week, Action Comics becomes the first American comic book to reach #1000, though that numbering comes with an asterisk. More important: the return of Superman's red trunks — and yellow belt.

'How To Write,' Yes — But Alexander Chee's Latest Is More Mesmerizing Memoir

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:00:29 -0400

Chee does include some writing tips in his new How To Write An Autobiographical Novel -- but this collection is less a writing lesson than a deeply considered and beautifully written memoir.

'Shoot First, Ask Questions Later': Ronan Farrow On A Diplomacy-Less State Department

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 04:26:00 -0400

Journalist Ronan Farrow worked for years in the State Department. In his new book, he describes what he sees as a dangerous whittling away of the agency's influence.

Former FBI Director James Comey Says Holding The Job In 2016 Felt Like A 500-Year Flood

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:25:00 -0400

Former FBI director James Comey sat down for an interview with NPR to talk about the drama of the 2016 election in which he played a central role and defended the decisions that he made.

James Comey To 'Fresh Air': The FBI Isn't 'On Anybody's Side'

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:12:00 -0400

The former FBI director tells Terry Gross that he wants to sound the alarm about the "forest fire" of the Trump presidency — and also to defend the FBI against charges of partisanship.

'And Now We Have Everything' Charts The Emotional Extremes Of An Ordinary Pregnancy

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:00:00 -0400

Memoirs now tend toward the unique and superhuman, recounting experiences most of us will never have. But Meaghan O'Connell's wry new book is brutally honest about something commonplace: pregnancy.

Ex-FBI Chief Comey Reflects On Circumstances Surrounding His Firing

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:14:00 -0400

In his new book, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI Director James Comey says he did his very best to protect the FBI and the Justice Department from an assault by President Trump.

Beautiful But Heartrending, 'The Only Story' Looks Back At Love Gone Wrong

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:00:29 -0400

Julian Barnes' latest novel concerns the pained recollections of an aging Englishman's life-changing only love — the "only story" that really matters about him.

Transcript: James Comey's Full Interview With Steve Inskeep And Carrie Johnson

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 03:07:00 -0400

Nearly a year after President Trump fired James Comey, the former FBI director has a new memoir, A Higher Loyalty. He talked to NPR about the book and his decisions in the run-up to the 2016 election.

James Comey Says FBI 'Would Be Worse Today' If Not For His Actions

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:20:00 -0400

In an interview with NPR, the fired FBI director maintained he wouldn't do things differently if he had a chance. "I saw this as a 500-year flood," he said, "and so where is the manual?"

Former FBI Director James Comey Says Trump 'Threatens' Core American Values

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 21:38:00 -0400

Former FBI Director James Comey speaks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about A Higher Loyalty. In his new memoir, Comey recalls his interactions with President Trump and discusses his conduct in office.

Former FBI Director Comey Discusses How He Views Trump's Conduct In New Book

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:42:00 -0400

Former FBI Director James Comey's book, A Higher Loyalty, comes out Tuesday. Terry Gross of WHYY's Fresh Air talked to Comey about his tell-all memoir a day before it published.