The Writers' Block | Nov 19, 2012
Marcus Samuelsson, James Beard Award recipient and winner of Top Chef Masters, reads a passage from his memoir, Yes, Chef. By Marcus Samuelsson
NPR Books | Nov 18, 2012
The novelist has won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Award. His latest novel, however, earns the ire of critic Maureen Corrigan, who usually numbers among McEwan's fans but finds herself dismayed by this book's attitudes toward women. By Maureen Corrigan
The Writers' Block | Nov 12, 2012
Cassie J. Sneider reads "Homegrown," a story from her hilarious collection Fine Fine Music about Jersey, the importance of having a car antenna, and violent monkeys. By Cassie J. Sneider
NPR Books | Nov 12, 2012
Cartoonist Ellen Forney documents her bipolar disorder in Marbles, a graphic memoir that sustains its honesty and humor through both manic and depressive phases. No matter what she's experiencing, Forney wants you to be there with her — and chances are you'll want to be there, too. By Myla Goldberg
The Writers' Block | Nov 05, 2012
Sam Sax, the first ever Bay Area Unified Grand Slam Champion, reads a selection of his poems. By Sam Sax
NPR Books | Nov 04, 2012
Kurt Vonnegut aspired to be a sort of "cultivated eccentric." Reviewer Drew Toal says a new collection of Vonnegut's letters — by turns hilarious, heartbreaking and mundane — reveals just how uneccentric the writer actually was. By Drew Toal
The Writers' Block | Oct 29, 2012
Colin Meloy, also known as the lead singer of The Decemberists, reads from Under Wildwood, the second book in the Wildwood series. By Colin Meloy
The Writers' Block | Oct 22, 2012
William Gibson, author of Neuromancer and father of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction, reads the introduction from his new collection of essays, Distrust That Particular Flavor. By William Gibson
NPR Books | Oct 21, 2012
Film critic and historian David Thomson's new collection of essays covers a wide array of films, from Casablanca all the way to Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. Thomson digs through cinematic history to unearth truths about how what we watch reflects who we are. By Michael Schaub
The Writers' Block | Oct 15, 2012
Paul Auster, author of hits such as The New York Trilogy and The Invention of Solitude, reads a passage from his latest, Winter Journal. By Paul Auster
Historian Maureen Ogle's new book examines the rise of our modern industrial meat system by examining its roots — all the way back to Colonial America. There's a fundamental disconnect, she argues, in our demands for both cheap, plentiful meat and an end to factory farms. Something, she says, has to give.
Novelist Delia Ephron says that losing her older sister Nora was like "losing an arm." But for all their collaboration and closeness, Delia writes about the complications of sisterhood in her new collection of autobiographical essays, Sister Mother Husband Dog (etc.).
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in 2007. Heraldo Munoz, who led the United Nations investigation into her death, portrays the tense political climate that surrounded Bhutto's return to politics and the circumstances of the killing in his new book.
While baptizing 827 adults one day, evangelical pastor Rick Warren says he literally felt the weight of America's obesity problem. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Warren and psychiatrist and physician Daniel Amen about getting healthy and their new book, The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life.
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