Posted: 2020-08-08 11:55:00
Playwright, musician, and author Nate Marshall has a new book of poetry out, called Finna. He says the title comes from the common Southern phrase "fixing to," which is all about what happen...
Posted: 2020-08-08 11:55:00
NPR's Scott Simon speaks with author David Sheff and inmate Jarvis Jay Masters about Sheff's new book, The Buddhist on Death Row....
'You Had Me At Hola' Had Us Right F...

'You Had Me At Hola' Had Us Right From The Beginning


Alexis Daria's soapy, sizzling new novel follows two telenovela actors who fall for each other while playing bitter exes — and have to figure out how to balance private love and public sta...
Posted: 2020-08-08 11:00:30
'You Had Me At Hola' Had Us Right From The Beginning
Alexis Daria's soapy, sizzling new novel follows two telenovela actors who fall for each other while playing bitter exes — and have to figure out how to balance private love and public sta...
'Satchel' Recalls The Iconic Pitche...

'Satchel' Recalls The Iconic Pitcher Who Helped Integrate Major League Baseball


Hall of Famer Satchel Paige started his career pitching in the Negro leagues and later became a major league star. Author Larry Tye tells his story in Satchel. Originally broadcast in 2010....
Posted: 2020-08-07 06:22:35
'Satchel' Recalls The Iconic Pitcher Who Helped Integrate Major League Baseball
Hall of Famer Satchel Paige started his career pitching in the Negro leagues and later became a major league star. Author Larry Tye tells his story in Satchel. Originally broadcast in 2010....
'Tomboyland' Stresses The Importanc...

'Tomboyland' Stresses The Importance Of Roots — And Knowing When To Grow Up And Away


Throughout her essays, Melissa Faliveno is constantly straddling blurry lines, never willing to let any of her topics lie comfortably still, always turning them over to look at another facet...
Posted: 2020-08-06 09:00:03
'Tomboyland' Stresses The Importance Of Roots — And Knowing When To Grow Up And Away
Throughout her essays, Melissa Faliveno is constantly straddling blurry lines, never willing to let any of her topics lie comfortably still, always turning them over to look at another facet...

Posted: 2020-08-06 11:00:26
Whatever you expected from Tamsyn Muir's followup to her lesbian-necromancers-in-space epic Gideon the Ninth, this is not that book — it's something wilder, darker and much, much weirder....
Posted: 2020-08-05 05:36:55
Toobin's new book, True Crimes and Misdemeanors, examines how Trump and his team outmaneuvered special counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller, he says, gave Trump "a free pass" on obstruction of ju...
A Year After Toni Morrison's Death, Her ...

A Year After Toni Morrison's Death, Her Visions Of Love Stay With Us


Love is central to the work of Toni Morrison — she brought love to her examinations of Black life, and love itself was her enduring subject. But love isn't always a good or joyous thing in...
Posted: 2020-08-05 04:00:55
A Year After Toni Morrison's Death, Her Visions Of Love Stay With Us
Love is central to the work of Toni Morrison — she brought love to her examinations of Black life, and love itself was her enduring subject. But love isn't always a good or joyous thing in...
In 'Afterland,' A World (Mostly) Wi...

In 'Afterland,' A World (Mostly) Without Men: Questions For Lauren Beukes


Lauren Beukes' new novel is set in a near future where a virus has killed off most of the men on Earth, and one woman is racing to free her young, immune son from the government and get him ...
Posted: 2020-08-05 11:00:28
In 'Afterland,' A World (Mostly) Without Men: Questions For Lauren Beukes
Lauren Beukes' new novel is set in a near future where a virus has killed off most of the men on Earth, and one woman is racing to free her young, immune son from the government and get him ...
In 'Afterland,' A World (Mostly) Wi...

In 'Afterland,' A World (Mostly) Without Men: Questions For Lauren Beukes


Lauren Beukes' new novel is set in a near future where a virus has killed off most of the men on Earth, and one woman is racing to free her young, immune son from the government and get him ...
Posted: 2020-08-05 11:00:28
In 'Afterland,' A World (Mostly) Without Men: Questions For Lauren Beukes
Lauren Beukes' new novel is set in a near future where a virus has killed off most of the men on Earth, and one woman is racing to free her young, immune son from the government and get him ...

Posted: 2020-08-05 09:00:28
Betsy Bonner presents her sister with love, but also with honesty; she is the storyteller, but Atlantis Black is the story, the mystery, the victim, sometimes the perpetrator and always the ...
Posted: 2020-08-04 09:09:00
NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Lesley Blume about her new book, Fallout, which explores how reporter John Hersey uncovered the effects of the atomic bomb after the U.S. dropped it on Hir...
'Luster' Combines Nicely Tailored P...

'Luster' Combines Nicely Tailored Prose With A Stinging Sense Of Humor


Raven Leilani's novel centers on a young woman with a free-range libido who dreams of being a painter. Luster is a crackling debut about sex, art and the inescapable workings of race....
Posted: 2020-08-04 06:28:05
'Luster' Combines Nicely Tailored Prose With A Stinging Sense Of Humor
Raven Leilani's novel centers on a young woman with a free-range libido who dreams of being a painter. Luster is a crackling debut about sex, art and the inescapable workings of race....
It's More Than Racism: Isabel Wilkerson ...

It's More Than Racism: Isabel Wilkerson Explains America's 'Caste' System


In Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines the laws and practices that created a bipolar caste system in the U.S. — and how the Nazis borrowed...
Posted: 2020-08-04 05:24:51
It's More Than Racism: Isabel Wilkerson Explains America's 'Caste' System
In Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines the laws and practices that created a bipolar caste system in the U.S. — and how the Nazis borrowed...
'Every Bone' Speaks In This Painful...

'Every Bone' Speaks In This Painful, Beautiful Debut Novel


Ashley Blooms' novel follows ten-year-old Misty, who can speak to everything around her — even the mice in the walls answer back. But she doesn't have words for what her friend has done to...
Posted: 2020-08-04 02:00:26
'Every Bone' Speaks In This Painful, Beautiful Debut Novel
Ashley Blooms' novel follows ten-year-old Misty, who can speak to everything around her — even the mice in the walls answer back. But she doesn't have words for what her friend has done to...

Posted: 2020-08-04 11:00:25
Akwaeke Emezi's new novel begins with a death; it adopts the form — but not the spirit — of traditional crime fiction, glorying in some of the genre's conventions while slyly subverting ...
Posted: 2020-08-03 08:02:00
You know what's going to happen in Akwaeke Emezi's new book — it's right there in the title: The Death of Vivek Oji. But this novel about a death is full of gender-bending, boundary crossi...
'Ghosting The News' Author Says Loc...

'Ghosting The News' Author Says Local Journalism 'Freefall' Is Accelerating


More than 2,000 newspapers have shut down in recent years, and some regions have become news deserts. Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan says the collapse of local news undermines d...
Posted: 2020-08-03 06:04:24
'Ghosting The News' Author Says Local Journalism 'Freefall' Is Accelerating
More than 2,000 newspapers have shut down in recent years, and some regions have become news deserts. Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan says the collapse of local news undermines d...
This 'Wolf' Will Bite You — And Y...

This 'Wolf' Will Bite You — And You'll Like It


Laura Van Den Berg's new collection is full of uncanny, exquisite, and painful stories about death, about loss and isolation and falling for the wrong person. Her writing will get under your...
Posted: 2020-08-03 11:00:34
This 'Wolf' Will Bite You — And You'll Like It
Laura Van Den Berg's new collection is full of uncanny, exquisite, and painful stories about death, about loss and isolation and falling for the wrong person. Her writing will get under your...
In 'Life Of A Klansman,' Edward Bal...

In 'Life Of A Klansman,' Edward Ball Traces A Difficult Family History


NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with author Edward Ball about his new book, Life of a Klansman, revolving around a man his family called "our Klansman."...
Posted: 2020-08-02 12:02:00
In 'Life Of A Klansman,' Edward Ball Traces A Difficult Family History
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with author Edward Ball about his new book, Life of a Klansman, revolving around a man his family called "our Klansman."...

Posted: 2020-08-01 11:54:00
NPR's Leila Fadel speaks to Morgan Jerkins about her new book. Wandering In Strange Lands, where she travels to the South to understand the roots of her African-American culture....
Posted: 2020-08-01 11:54:00
NPR's Leila Fadel speaks with Kim Johnson about her debut novel This Is My America. In it, a teenage girl works to get her father off of death row....
For Summer, 3 Translated Novels To Transport ...

For Summer, 3 Translated Novels To Transport You


You may not really be able to leave the house right now, but of course fiction can take you all over the world. Here are three novels that will help you escape — to Japan, to Portugal and ...
Posted: 2020-08-01 11:00:27
For Summer, 3 Translated Novels To Transport You
You may not really be able to leave the house right now, but of course fiction can take you all over the world. Here are three novels that will help you escape — to Japan, to Portugal and ...
Yiyun Li Continues Her Conversations With The...

Yiyun Li Continues Her Conversations With The Dead In 'Must I Go'


Yiyun Li's new book — about a woman looking back on her life by annotating the diary of her late ex-lover — plays with both Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire and Li's own previous work....
Posted: 2020-07-31 11:00:26
Yiyun Li Continues Her Conversations With The Dead In 'Must I Go'
Yiyun Li's new book — about a woman looking back on her life by annotating the diary of her late ex-lover — plays with both Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire and Li's own previous work....
In 'True Crimes,' Toobin Presents A...

In 'True Crimes,' Toobin Presents A Summation For The Jury In The Case Against Trump


There is a lot of detail amassed in the CNN analyst's book that even Trump investigation junkies won't have seen, much having to do with behind-the-scenes strategizing and negotiating by law...
Posted: 2020-07-31 10:31:00
In 'True Crimes,' Toobin Presents A Summation For The Jury In The Case Against Trump
There is a lot of detail amassed in the CNN analyst's book that even Trump investigation junkies won't have seen, much having to do with behind-the-scenes strategizing and negotiating by law...

Posted: 2020-07-30 05:09:19
White Too Long author Robert P. Jones says churches should be more in vocal on issues of social justice: "White Christians have been largely silent ... and have hardly begun these conversati...
Posted: 2020-07-30 03:11:00
The search for answers in this nonfiction anthology edited by Sarah Weinman is one of many cohesive elements that make the collection land among the best true crime books of the year....
A Mean Ghost Story And A Souped-Up Crime Nove...

A Mean Ghost Story And A Souped-Up Crime Novel Will Wise You Up Fast


The Aunt Who Wouldn't Die, by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, centers on an Indian family haunted by a jealous ghost. And S. A. Cosby's Blacktop Wasteland is a noir thriller — with muscle cars....
Posted: 2020-07-30 02:39:38
A Mean Ghost Story And A Souped-Up Crime Novel Will Wise You Up Fast
The Aunt Who Wouldn't Die, by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, centers on an Indian family haunted by a jealous ghost. And S. A. Cosby's Blacktop Wasteland is a noir thriller — with muscle cars....
In His New Book, Stephen Graham Jones Explore...

In His New Book, Stephen Graham Jones Explores The Idea Of 'Good Indians'


NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Stephen Graham Jones, an American author and a member of the Blackfeet tribe, about his new book, The Only Good Indians....
Posted: 2020-07-29 08:05:00
In His New Book, Stephen Graham Jones Explores The Idea Of 'Good Indians'
NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Stephen Graham Jones, an American author and a member of the Blackfeet tribe, about his new book, The Only Good Indians....
In 'Intimations,' Zadie Smith Refle...

In 'Intimations,' Zadie Smith Reflects Back To Us The Early Days Of Now


Drafted soon after "the global humbling" of COVID began and completed in the days after George Floyd's murder, these personal essays capture the author's reflections during a time outside of...
Posted: 2020-07-29 02:01:35
In 'Intimations,' Zadie Smith Reflects Back To Us The Early Days Of Now
Drafted soon after "the global humbling" of COVID began and completed in the days after George Floyd's murder, these personal essays capture the author's reflections during a time outside of...

Posted: 2020-07-29 11:00:04
Cherie Dimaline's new novel seems small in scope — it's about a woman who loses her husband and is determined to bring him back, nothing more than that — but it's rich, tightly written a...
Posted: 2020-07-28 09:00:00
Author and music critic Maria Sherman talks about her new book, Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS and forgoing rock elitism to give into the joy of boy band pop song...
Believe It Or Not, Forests Migrate — But No...

Believe It Or Not, Forests Migrate — But Not Fast Enough For Climate Change


Forests "are restless things," writes Zach St. George in his new book The Journeys of Trees. He explains how, over millennia, forests creep inch by inch to more hospitable places....
Posted: 2020-07-28 07:48:00
Believe It Or Not, Forests Migrate — But Not Fast Enough For Climate Change
Forests "are restless things," writes Zach St. George in his new book The Journeys of Trees. He explains how, over millennia, forests creep inch by inch to more hospitable places....
After Years Of 'Willed Amnesia,' Tr...

After Years Of 'Willed Amnesia,' Trethewey Opens Up About Her Murdered Mother


When Natasha Trethewey was 19, her stepfather killed her mother. Tretheway says she aimed to "forge a new life for myself that didn't include that past." Her new memoir is Memorial Drive....
Posted: 2020-07-28 04:23:40
After Years Of 'Willed Amnesia,' Trethewey Opens Up About Her Murdered Mother
When Natasha Trethewey was 19, her stepfather killed her mother. Tretheway says she aimed to "forge a new life for myself that didn't include that past." Her new memoir is Memorial Drive....
Norm Eisen Says He Drafted 10 Articles Of Imp...

Norm Eisen Says He Drafted 10 Articles Of Impeachment A Month Before Inquiry


In a new book, A Case for the American People, the Judiciary Committee special counsel during impeachment traces the process. Of Trump, he tells NPR: "He understands what he's doing. It is a...
Posted: 2020-07-27 08:06:00
Norm Eisen Says He Drafted 10 Articles Of Impeachment A Month Before Inquiry
In a new book, A Case for the American People, the Judiciary Committee special counsel during impeachment traces the process. Of Trump, he tells NPR: "He understands what he's doing. It is a...

Posted: 2020-07-27 04:18:11
In the memoir, The New One, comic Birbiglia and his wife, Jen Stein, open up about his ambivalence about fatherhood and the strain it had on their marriage....
Posted: 2020-07-27 03:19:00
Pulitzer Prize winning poet Natasha Trethewey explores the relationship between trauma, agency, and voice as she excavates the lingering effects of her mother's murder upon her life....
'Crooked Hallelujah' Sings Of Beaut...

'Crooked Hallelujah' Sings Of Beauty And Trouble Between Mothers And Daughters


Kelli Jo Ford's novel follows three generations of Cherokee women trying to forge a future in the harsh environment of the 1980s oil boom in Texas — and learning just how difficult that ca...
Posted: 2020-07-26 11:45:00
'Crooked Hallelujah' Sings Of Beauty And Trouble Between Mothers And Daughters
Kelli Jo Ford's novel follows three generations of Cherokee women trying to forge a future in the harsh environment of the 1980s oil boom in Texas — and learning just how difficult that ca...
Trethewey's 'Memorial Drive' T...

Trethewey's 'Memorial Drive' Tells The Story Of Her Mother's Murder


Natasha Trethewey is a two-time U.S. Poet Laureate and a Pulitzer Prize winner. Now she's written a memoir about her mother. She talks to NPR's Sarah McCammon about Memorial Drive....
Posted: 2020-07-26 11:45:00
Trethewey's 'Memorial Drive' Tells The Story Of Her Mother's Murder
Natasha Trethewey is a two-time U.S. Poet Laureate and a Pulitzer Prize winner. Now she's written a memoir about her mother. She talks to NPR's Sarah McCammon about Memorial Drive....
Larry Hogan On The Parallels Of Fighting Canc...

Larry Hogan On The Parallels Of Fighting Cancer And Maryland's Coronavirus Outbreak


NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan about his new book Still Standing: Surviving Cancer, Riots, a Global Pandemic, and the Toxic Politics That Divide America....
Posted: 2020-07-25 09:36:00
Larry Hogan On The Parallels Of Fighting Cancer And Maryland's Coronavirus Outbreak
NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan about his new book Still Standing: Surviving Cancer, Riots, a Global Pandemic, and the Toxic Politics That Divide America....

Posted: 2020-07-25 11:57:00
The Chinese have been trying to quash Tibetan independence for decades. NPR's Leila Fadel speaks to Barbara Demick about her new book, Eat the Buddha, which examines repression in one small ...
Posted: 2020-07-25 09:00:28
In framing Tomine's life trajectory via professional and personal setbacks and moments of mortification, The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist becomes mesmerizing, funny, and deeply...
'Pew': Catherine Lacey's Fable...

'Pew': Catherine Lacey's Fable About How A Nameless Character Changes A Small Town


NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with author Catherine Lacey about her new book. Pew is a novel about an unnamed character with no identifiable characteristics and the character's impact on a small ...
Posted: 2020-07-24 08:16:00
'Pew': Catherine Lacey's Fable About How A Nameless Character Changes A Small Town
NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with author Catherine Lacey about her new book. Pew is a novel about an unnamed character with no identifiable characteristics and the character's impact on a small ...
Trump's Niece Describes A Toxic Family D...

Trump's Niece Describes A Toxic Family Dynamic Where Kindness Was Weakness


Mary Trump was devastated when her uncle was elected president. Her book, Too Much and Never Enough, describes Donald Trump as a "belligerent" youth who hasn't changed since he was a teen....
Posted: 2020-07-23 04:07:47
Trump's Niece Describes A Toxic Family Dynamic Where Kindness Was Weakness
Mary Trump was devastated when her uncle was elected president. Her book, Too Much and Never Enough, describes Donald Trump as a "belligerent" youth who hasn't changed since he was a teen....
Think Fantasy Is Kid Stuff? Try 'Trouble...

Think Fantasy Is Kid Stuff? Try 'Trouble The Saints'


Alaya Dawn Johnson's new novel is set in New York on the eve of World War II, in a world where a few lucky (well, not that lucky) people are gifted with "saints' hands," that give them stran...
Posted: 2020-07-23 02:00:23
Think Fantasy Is Kid Stuff? Try 'Trouble The Saints'
Alaya Dawn Johnson's new novel is set in New York on the eve of World War II, in a world where a few lucky (well, not that lucky) people are gifted with "saints' hands," that give them stran...

Posted: 2020-07-23 09:01:00
NPR's Noel King speaks with Eddie Glaude Jr. about his book Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own....
Posted: 2020-07-22 06:09:59
Smith began Intimations: Six Essays at the onset of the pandemic and finished it shortly after George Floyd's killing. Although only 100 pages, there's something worth quoting on virtually e...
Exhausting Effect Of FOIA Requests Evident In...

Exhausting Effect Of FOIA Requests Evident In 'Baseless'


Nicholson Baker's book misses the mark in an aim to take readers on a quest to discover if the U.S. used biological weapons developed in the '50s — and to examine the failings of public re...
Posted: 2020-07-22 01:29:00
Exhausting Effect Of FOIA Requests Evident In 'Baseless'
Nicholson Baker's book misses the mark in an aim to take readers on a quest to discover if the U.S. used biological weapons developed in the '50s — and to examine the failings of public re...
Anne Applebaum's Latest Book: 'Twil...

Anne Applebaum's Latest Book: 'Twilight Of Democracy'


Anne Applebaum considers ways the world has changed over the last 20 years. NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to the author about her book: Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarian...
Posted: 2020-07-22 09:03:00
Anne Applebaum's Latest Book: 'Twilight Of Democracy'
Anne Applebaum considers ways the world has changed over the last 20 years. NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to the author about her book: Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarian...
Combining Indictment With Insight, A Historia...

Combining Indictment With Insight, A Historian Offers Context For The Age Of Trump


Anne Applebaum writes in Twilight of Democracy that heir to fears and hatreds, even advanced societies are straining under repeated blows: protracted war, economic disruptions, migration, a ...
Posted: 2020-07-22 09:00:11
Combining Indictment With Insight, A Historian Offers Context For The Age Of Trump
Anne Applebaum writes in Twilight of Democracy that heir to fears and hatreds, even advanced societies are straining under repeated blows: protracted war, economic disruptions, migration, a ...