NPR Books | Sep 16, 2012
Junot Diaz's third book, This Is How You Lose Her, is a collection of stories, many narrated by recurring character Yunior. Diaz's voice-driven prose describes characters who are simultaneously appealing and appalling, says NPR critic Carmen Gimenez Smith. By Carmen Gimenez Smith
The Writers' Block | Sep 10, 2012
Andrea Kneeland, one of the five writers taking part in The Writers' Block Lit Crawl event "New Kids on the Block" on October 13th, reads from her short story "People Who Are Good People." By Andrea Kneeland
The Writers' Block | Sep 06, 2012
Molly Ringwald, everyone's favorite redhead from movies like Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, and The Breakfast Club, reads from her first novel, When It Happens to You. By Molly Ringwald
The Writers' Block | Sep 03, 2012
Cassie J. Sneider reads "Sugar Sugar," a story from her hilarious collection Fine Fine Music about the hazardous effects of being forced to wear a sexy wizard costume for Halloween at the age of 10. By Cassie J. Sneider
Book Review | Aug 30, 2012
With sections detailing a range of topics from seasonally appropriate wardrobe color schemes to how to layer jewelry to making winter cocktails, Schuman breaks down many untaught, yet essential skills and knowledge for young women. By Monica Laufer
The Writers' Block | Aug 27, 2012
John Brandon, author of the much acclaimed Citrus County, reads a passage from his latest, A Million Heavens. By John Brandon
NPR Books | Aug 26, 2012
Next week, in the pages of the comic Justice League, Superman and Wonder Woman will become involved. We have intercepted a series of IMs that augurs ill for comics' new (super-)power couple. By Glen Weldon
NPR Books | Aug 26, 2012
Michael Chabon's sprawling new novel features a multigenerational, multiracial cast of characters, from gay teens to former blaxploitation stars, revolving around efforts by two men to save their used-record store.
Literature | Aug 23, 2012
Every now and then San Francisco-born former U.S. Poet Laureate and literary award-magnet Robert Hass puts out a dense, delicious collection of essays. The new one, What Light Can Do, trades in all manner of illumination. By Jonathan Kiefer
The Writers' Block | Aug 20, 2012
Rob Reid reads a passage from Year Zero, his novel that takes a headlong journey through the outer reaches of the universe and the inner workings of our absurdly dysfunctional music industry. By Rob Reid
Can you imagine your own superhero? That's the question author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka posed to kids on a recent afternoon at a school in Washington, D.C. Krosoczka also described how he overcame a difficult childhood to become the author of the beloved Lunch Lady series.
After years trying to conceive, novelist Jennifer Gilmore and her husband decided to adopt. What they thought would be a relatively simple process was instead a long and painful one. In her latest novel, Gilmore channels these autobiographical experiences into fiction.
On an icy night in 1984, a commuter plane crashed in the wilderness. Six passengers died, but four survived: the pilot, a politician, a policeman and a prisoner. Carol Shaben's Into the Abyss describes their fight to make it through that frigid night alive.
Jackson is famous for his philosophical take on basketball and for the many stars he led to championship triumphs. He taught his players yoga and gave them assigned reading — but also pushed them to intensely practice fundamental skills. His new book looks back on a legendary coaching career.
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