"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them."
—Mark Twain (1835-1910) [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] American author, humorist
- Stephen King On Growing Up, Believing In God And Getting Scared Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:32:52 -0400
- "The more carny it got, the better I liked it," King says of his new thriller, Joyland. King talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about his career writing horror, and about what scares him now.
- The Incredible Story Of Chilean Miners Rescued From The 'Deep Down Dark' Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:39:00 -0400
- Hector Tobar had exclusive access to the 33 miners to report his new book detailing the claustrophobic horror they faced when they were trapped for 69 days in 2010. The result is a doozy.
- A Candid Memoir From Comedian Amy Poehler? 'Yes Please' Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:16:00 -0400
- Poehler joins Fresh Air's Terry Gross to talk about fighting the body image "demon," being a "world-class snooper" and how she was once told that she had a "great face for wigs."
- The Man Behind Wonder Woman Was Inspired By Both Suffragists And Centerfolds Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:28:00 -0400
- Wonder Woman's creator, William Moulton Marston, had a secret life: He had a wife and a mistress and fathered children with both of them. Jill Lepore explains in The Secret History of Wonder Woman.
- The Serious History Of Hocus Pocus In 'Penguin Book Of Witches' Sun, 26 Oct 2014 05:17:00 -0400
- In Colonial America, a witch was not a Halloween costume, but a criminal. NPR's Rachel Martin revisits this moment in history with Katherine Howe, editor of the new Penguin Book of Witches.
- Cartoonist Looks Back On Career Built On Unnerving Visions Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:05:00 -0400
- As a young man, Jim Woodring was looking for a sign — and he found it in a huge, green hallucinated amphibian. His new book of old drawings, Jim, includes many works inspired by such "apparitions."
- Novelist Nuruddin Farah: Facing A Blank Page Is 'Bravest Thing' A Writer Does Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:50:45 -0400
- Farah's latest is called Hiding in Plain Sight. It's the story of Bella, a Somali photographer living in Rome who gets drawn into the lives of her niece and nephew after her half-brother is killed.
- The Life Of De Niro, From 'Mean Streets' To 'Meet The Parents' Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:47:00 -0400
- Shawn Levy's brick-sized new biography of screen legend Robert De Niro was produced without cooperation from the actor — but Levy says that just forced him to do better research.
- 40 Years Later, Diane Von Furstenberg's Wrap Dress Still Wears Well Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:33:00 -0400
- In her memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be, Diane von Furstenberg says she owes her success to her mother, a strong, strict Holocaust survivor who called Diane her "torch of freedom."
- Patchett: In Bad Relationships, 'There Comes A Day When You Gotta Go' Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:10:57 -0400
- Ann Patchett got married and divorced young. To her second husband, she said: "I'll be true, I'll be faithful ... but I don't want to live together." Her book is This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage.
- Herbie Hancock: 'On A Path To Find My Own Answer' Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:31:00 -0400
- In a candid interview, the ever-innovative pianist traces the lines between Buddhist chants, Sly Stone and Miles Davis, while shedding new light on some hard facts about his past.
- Disappearing Religions Charted In 'Heirs To Forgotten Kingdoms' Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:31:00 -0400
- When Gerard Russell was a diplomat in the Middle East, he met followers of ancient religions facing extinction. His new book includes the origins of the Yazidis, who are fleeing the Islamic State.
- Among The Young And Privileged In North Korea Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:33:00 -0400
- American journalist Suki Kim spent six months teaching English at a North Korean University that serves the sons of the elite. She chronicles her experience in a new book, Without You, There Is No Us.
- You Definitely Need This Condo Pony, And Other Products From 'SkyMaul' Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:27:00 -0400
- "The Hot Dog Clock" and "The Forever Diaper" are also must-haves. A San Francisco comedy group is once again poking fun at the in-flight catalog SkyMall.
- Making The Most Of Your Twenties: Meg Jay Answers Your Questions Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:10:00 -0400
- Psychologist Meg Jay answers your questions on making the most of your twenties — the developmental sweet spot — that defines the rest of your life.