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Anne Frank's Diary At 75

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:02:00 -0400

It's been 75 years since 13-year-old Anne Frank sat down to write her first diary entry about hiding during World War II. Today, her legacy is carried on at an elementary school in Philadelphia.



What Hath Jobs Wrought?

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:06:30 -0400

Odds are, you're looking at this on a smartphone.



Shades Of Gray Turn Sumptuous In 'Chain Letter'

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:00:23 -0400

In Chain Letter, cartoonist Farel Dalrymple returns to The City, the mysterious metropolis at the heart of his early 2000s series Pop Gun War. It's a weird, complicated and charming place.



Updating Frankenstein For The Age of Black Lives Matter

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:13:00 -0400

The classic tale of the Monster resurrected from the dead gets a new treatment in Victor LaValle's new limited-series comic.



ExxonMobil Uses Carbon Tax Strategy To Its Advantage, Author Says

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:06:00 -0400

ExxonMobil and several other oil companies are backing a Republican-led plan for a carbon tax. Steve Inskeep talks to Steve Coll, author of the book Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power.



In The Event Of Attack, Here's How The Government Plans 'To Save Itself'

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:39:00 -0400

In Raven Rock, Garrett Graff describes the bunkers designed to protect U.S. leaders in the event of a catastrophe. One Cold War-era plan put the post office in charge of cataloging the dead.



'The Sarah Book' Is An Unsparing Primal Scream Of A Book

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Scott McClanahan's semi-autobiographical novel is packed with loss, pain and existential anguish, but his narrator — also named Scott — refuses to give up, no matter how often he's knocked down.



Eddie Izzard: Coming Out Gave Me The Confidence For Everything Else

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:40:00 -0400

Fair warning: There are no actual jazz chickens in Eddie Izzard's new Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens. But it does provide insight into what makes the acclaimed comedian tick.



Sherman Alexie Says He's Been 'Indian Du Jour' For A 'Very Long Day'

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:45:00 -0400

Alexie is excited for a new generation of Native American writers to come on the scene, "so I don't have to answer all the questions," he says. His new memoir is You Don't Have to Say You Love Me.



'The Alchemist's Daughter' Is No Frankenstein's Monster

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Theodora Goss's novel takes bits and pieces from several different monstrous mythologies — Jekyll and Hyde, Dr. Moreau and more — but she makes something new and deceptively intricate out of them.



Sherman Alexie's New Book Is An Emotional Memoir About His Mother

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:05:00 -0400

Sherman Alexie has often turned to his childhood on the Spokane Indian Reservation for inspiration. Now, he looks at the life of his mother in a memoir called You Don't Have to Say You Love Me.



Bookstore Owner Sues California Over Law Regulating Autographed Items

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:32:00 -0400

A new California law regulates how autographed items may be sold. Originally intended to cover sports memorabilia and an apparently thriving market in fake autographs, bookstores are worried it will shut down popular author book signings. Now one of them has filed suit.



Be Bigger, Fight Harder: Roxane Gay On A Lifetime Of 'Hunger'

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:15:00 -0400

Gay has finally written the book that she "wanted to write the least." The moment she realized she "never want to write about fatness" was the same moment she knew this was a memoir she had to write.



South Africa's District Six Cookbook Helps Preserve A Lost Community

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0400

By the 1980s, 60,000 people had been forcibly removed from this mixed-race section of Cape Town. But the area's food traditions reflect the spirit of helpmekaar, an Afrikaans term for mutual support.



President Donald Trump, Unreliable Narrator

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Why can't we stop reading Trump's Twitter feed? The same reason we can't put down The Catcher In The Rye or Pale Fire.