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Posted: 2019-12-04 18:42:15
"Your average thrift store in the United States only sells about one-third of the stuff that ends up on its shelves," Adam Minter says. His book explores what happens to the things that don't...
Posted: 2019-12-03 20:12:00
In 1990, BJ Miller was electrocuted by a train. That accident during college took most of his limbs, but the event and his recovery inspired him to pursue a career as a palliative care physician.
Posted: 2019-12-02 23:10:00
NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Kate Bennett about her new book, Free, Melania, that looks at a multitude of questions swirling around the first lady.
Posted: 2019-12-02 10:06:00
Dyson's Book Argues Jay-Z's Lyrics Deserve Serious Study
NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Michael Eric Dyson about his book which examines hip-hop's Jay-Z as a cultural icon. The book is called: JAY-Z: Made in America.
Posted: 2019-12-01 22:03:00
Book: 'The Hermit King'
NPR's Don Gonyea speaks with Chung Min Lee about his new book, "The Hermit King: The Dangerous Game of Kim Jong Un.
Posted: 2019-12-01 22:03:00
Booker T. Jones On New Memoir
NPR's Don Gonyea speaks with musician Booker T. Jones about his life in music and his new memoir, Time is Tight: My Life, Note by Note.
Posted: 2019-12-01 13:03:00
Jimmy Kimmel Writes A Picture Book, Says 'Kids Are Always Ready To Laugh'
The Serious Goose invites kids to try to make a grumpy goose smile. In 2017, Kimmel's newborn son underwent heart surgery; in his honor, proceeds will go to children's hospitals around the country.
Posted: 2019-12-01 13:00:00
In 'Children Of Virtue And Vengeance,' Magic Has Returned. Now What?
In the sequel to author Tomi Adeyemi's West-African-inspired young adult bestseller, the maji in the land of Orïsha have their powers back — except the monarchy and military now have magic...
Posted: 2019-11-30 22:20:00
Book: 'In That Time'
NPR's Don Gonyea speaks with Daniel Weiss, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, about his new book In That Time: Michael O'Donnell and the Tragic Era of Vietnam.
Posted: 2019-11-30 13:42:00
'Worn This Day' Lets You Step Into Historical Figures' Shoes, Vests, Dresses And More
Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell's new book is a year-long daily walk through history, and the place of clothing in it. She talks to NPR's Scott Simon about some of the articles she featured.

Posted: 2019-12-05 15:14:24
Via popular music, Andrew Grant Jackson paints a vivid portrait of a year that was the last gasp of an age of possibility, when idealism gave way to economic recession and cynical disillusionment.
Posted: 2019-12-05 12:00:02
Gou Tanabe's graphic novel adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's novella makes its monsters both terrifying and weirdly human. Even if space spheres aren't your thing, Tanabe's art still prompts wonder.
Posted: 2019-12-04 12:01:01
Author Buddy Levy's superbly written, meticulously researched chronicle tells the adventure story of a group of explorers aiming to achieve "Farthest North" and claim the win for the U.S. in...
Posted: 2019-12-03 18:16:12
Maureen Corrigan's Favorite Books Of 2019: Here Are 10 Unputdownable Reads
This year's list is a mix of literary fiction, true crime, memoirs and essays, from acclaimed authors as well as some brand new voices — and you won't be able to put any of them down.
Posted: 2019-12-02 12:00:30
Stunning 'Little Bird' Mashes Up Myth, Family, Technology And Religion
Filmmaker and author Darcy van Poelgeest's sweeping dystopian epic sometimes falls short on plot and character, but it's redeemed by virtuoso work from its illustrator, colorist and letterer.
Posted: 2019-11-30 12:00:18
'My Fake Rake' Turns The Makeover Trope On Its (Well-Coiffed) Head
The ugly duckling who transforms into a swan is a common trope in literature and pop culture — Eva Leigh turns it upside down in My Fake Rake, which features a shy, quiet hero who gets made...
Posted: 2019-11-26 12:00:25
Don't Like Harry Potter? Come To The 'Dork' Side
Our kids' books columnist Juanita Giles has a secret: Her kids don't care about Harry Potter. But they do like Mike Johnston's relatably hapless boy wizard Wick, star of Confessions of a Dork...
Posted: 2019-11-25 12:00:03
'Labyrinth' Is A Leisurely Wander Through A Life No Longer Remembered
Turkish author Burhan Sönmez's quiet, subtle fourth novel, about a man who wakes up in the hospital with complete amnesia, is deeply concerned with the linkages between memory and the body.
Posted: 2019-11-24 15:00:19
'Catfishing On CatNet:' On The Internet, No One Knows You're A Cat. Or An AI.
Naomi Kritzer's new novel takes off from her award-winning story about an AI that loves cats. It's a wild, rollicking tale with a gritty truth at its core: You never know who you're talking to...
Posted: 2019-11-22 19:00:24
In 'The Second Sleep,' The World May End, But Life Goes On
Robert Harris' genre-bending new book at first appears to take place in a medieval setting — and then you realize the young priest at its center is holding a cracked, defunct, centuries-old...