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A Tight, Intense Drama Unfurls Within The Confines Of A Sick Room In 'The Wonder'

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 12:39pm

Emma Donoghue's latest novel focuses on an 11-year-old girl who refuses to eat, and the nurse who is responsible for her care. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Wonder is aptly named.

Snap, Crackle, Kale: The Science Of Why Veggies Spark In The Microwave

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 11:15am

Online sources suggest cooking vegetables in the microwave for a quick and easy dinner. But microwaving veggies can get a little bit explosive. Who knew kale chips could offer a lesson in physics?

Overwhelmed Mom Seeks 'A Basic Amount Of Dignity' In 'Today Will Be Different'

Sun, 10/02/2016 - 7:34am

Today, Eleanor Flood will only wear yoga clothes for yoga — which today she will actually attend. Novelist Maria Semple says her frazzled heroine "has decided ... to set the bar very low for herself."

No, 'You Can't Touch My Hair' And Other Lessons From Comic Phoebe Robinson

Sun, 10/02/2016 - 7:34am

In her new book, the stand-up comic and podcast host writes about what it's like to be black and female in America. "Black hair seems to raise a lot of nonblack people's blood pressure," she writes.

Rose Tremain On Her New Novel, 'The Gustav Sonata'

Sun, 10/02/2016 - 7:34am

Gustav Perle is a young boy growing up in Switzerland after World War II. And the defining factor in his life is that his mother does not love him. The Gustav Sonata is Rose Tremain's 13th novel.

'Wall Of Storms' Sweeps Away Your Expectations, Brilliantly

Sun, 10/02/2016 - 6:00am

Ken Liu's even more epic followup to last year's epic fantasy The Grace of Kings picks up several years after the first book, with a completely new and fascinating set of characters and conflicts.

Not My Job: Author Randy Wayne White Gets Quizzed On Theme Restaurants

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 11:58am

In addition to being the author of the Doc Ford books and the Hannah Smith series, White has been an explorer, a deep sea diver, a full-time fishing guide, and he owns restaurants throughout Florida.

A Photographer Gets Old — Over And Over — In 'The Many Sad Fates'

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 7:26am

Photographer Phillip Toledano lost both his parents, an aunt and an uncle and began to wonder — what other dark turns did life have in store? He explores the possibilities in a new short film.

This Historian Wants You To Know The Real Story Of Southern Food

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 7:26am

Michael Twitty wants credit given to the enslaved African-Americans who were part of Southern cuisine's creation. So he goes to places like Monticello to cook meals slaves would have eaten.

'Cruel Beautiful World' Was Inspired By Two Haunting Relationships

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 7:26am

Before novelist Caroline Leavitt started dating a controlling boyfriend, she had tragically lost a friend to one. She says writing her new book was "a way for me to forgive myself."

Richard Trentlage, Oscar Mayer Weiner Song Writer, Dies At 87

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 7:26am

In 1962, Richard Trentlage recorded an advertising jingle in his living room that began "I wish I were an Oscar Mayer Weiner..." He was no one-slogan wonder.

Authors Talk Politics: Junot Diaz On Election 2016

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 7:26am

For the latest in our "Let's Talk Politics" series NPR's Scott Simon talks to Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz about this election year.

Magic In The Air: 3 Young Adult Fantasy Reads For Fall

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 6:00am

You may be back in school, but your bookshelf doesn't have to reflect that — we've got three YA fantasy novels for fall starring three girls grappling with the impact of magic on their lives.

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