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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.

Costume Designer Colleen Atwood Took Unlikely Path To Hollywood Royalty

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 3:43pm

Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood knows tough times. A single mom at 17 who once worked at a French fry factory to make ends meet is Hollywood royalty today. A favorite of director Tim Burton, Atwood is now costume designer for his adaptation of the darkly comic, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children and the upcoming Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

'Deepwater Horizon' Honors The Sacrifice Without Sacrificing The Action

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 2:51pm

Deepwater Horizon is the tense and terse story of the Gulf oil rig explosion that became the biggest man-made ecological disaster in history.

For Rosh Hashana, A Matzo Ball Soup By Way Of Mexico

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 2:40pm

Matzo ball soup is a classic straight from Eastern Europe. But not all Jews from the region came to the New World via Ellis Island, as this jalapeño-inflected recipe reflects.

Feminist Bookstore Slams 'Portlandia' And Says Show Can No Longer Film There

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 1:20pm

The staff of In Other Words say the TV comedy is "diametrically opposed to our politics and the vision of society we're organizing to realize."

'American Honey' Trains Its Lens On Traveling Magazine Crews

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 12:44pm

Andrea Arnold's new movie about a teenage girl who takes up with an unusual group of salespeople won a the Jury Prize at Cannes this year. Critic David Edelstein calls it a "wonderful" film.

Lutheran Minister Preaches A Gospel Of Love To Junkies, Drag Queens And Outsiders

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 12:44pm

Nadia Bolz-Weber was a standup comic who opened up a church with a mission to "remind people that they're absolutely loved." Her memoir is Accidental Saints. Originally published Sept. 17, 2015.

The Sweet Success Of Bananas Foster Has An Unsavory Past

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 10:16am

One of New Orleans' favorite desserts is a lasting legacy of an oft-forgotten chapter in the city's history: the banana trade, and its infamous practices.

2 Stolen Van Goghs Recovered By Anti-Mafia Police In Italy

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 7:55am

The two paintings — of a seascape and of a congregation at a churchwere stolen from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in 2002. "They are the real paintings!" a curator said in a statement.

A Growing Champagne Trend Is Uncorking More Ways To Celebrate

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 6:00am

Champagne shouldn't be just for special occasions, says wine writer David White. He explains how to choose it, how to pair it with food and how small growers are changing the industry.




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