"The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it."
—James Bryce (1838-1922) British diplomat, historian, known as First Viscount Bryce of Dechmont
- From Poker Amateur To World Series Competitor In 'The Noble Hustle' Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:44:17 -0500
- Colson Whitehead's book, now out in paperback, was born of an assignment to write about the World Series of Poker. It's a sharp observational tale of poker: those who play it and how it changed him.
- As First Black American NHL Player, Enforcer Was Defenseless Against Racism Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:41:00 -0500
- Val James became the first American-born black player in the NHL in 1982. He faced vicious racism, including fans throwing bananas on the ice. After 30 years in silence, he is talking about it now.
- 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Bullets' A Memoir Of Reporting In Yemen Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:52:00 -0500
- NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to journalist Laura Kasinof about her memoir on her experience reporting in Yemen during the Arab Spring called, Don't Be Afraid of the Bullets.
- From Naked Mole Rats To Dog Testicles: A Writer Explores The Longevity Quest Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:38:00 -0500
- "Nature knows how to let animals live a very long time," says Bill Gifford, whose latest book is Spring Chicken, a look at the history of anti-aging schemes and current ways people try to live longer.
- After His Brother's Suicide, Writer Seeks Comfort In 'All The Wrong Places' Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:27:00 -0500
- In his new memoir, Philip Connors writes about "living in the shadow of a suicide." Wracked by guilt and haunted by what-ifs, Connors investigated his brother's death and learned a terrible secret.
- Family Secrets — And Mango Chutney — In 'Don't Let Him Know' Tue, 24 Feb 2015 03:43:00 -0500
- Longtime Morning Edition commentator Sandip Roy has written a new novel, propelled by family secrets, which crisscrosses back and forth between the two "Cals" in his life: California and Calcutta.
- 'After Birth' Author On 'Mommy Wars': 'It Doesn't Have To Be This Way' Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:53:00 -0500
- "We are pitted against each other and ultimately, then, are pitted against ourselves," says writer Elisa Albert. Her new novel is about the singular and universal experience of having a baby.
- Prisoners Of War And Ojibwe Reservation Make Unlikely Neighbors In 'Prudence' Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:06:00 -0500
- Native American writer David Treuer bases the World War II camp for German prisoners on a real-life one that existed near the village of Bena, Minn., on the Leech Lake Reservation where he grew up.
- Struggling Writer's Debut Novel Gets Coveted Oprah Winfrey Nod Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:02:00 -0500
- Oprah Winfrey has named Ruby, a novel about a beautiful, abused woman in Texas, as her March book club selection. That could make first-time novelist Cynthia Bond into a literary star.
- The Woman Behind Marvel's Newest Team Of Heroines Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:44:00 -0500
- G. Willow Wilson says it's been a blast creating a team of all-female Avengers for the new Marvel Universe coming in May. "We really got no directives besides 'Pick your team and go nuts,' " she says.
- Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon On Marriage, Music And Moving On Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:14:00 -0500
- Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore were indie rock's power couple — until their marriage, and their band, ended in 2011. Gordon looks back on the experience in a new memoir called Girl in a Band.
- Reckoning With Afghanistan's Toll In 'Green On Blue' Sun, 22 Feb 2015 07:51:00 -0500
- "Green on Blue" tells the story of the war in Afghanistan through the eyes of an Afghan orphan. NPR's; Rachel Martin speaks to the unlikely author: Elliot Ackerman, a former U.S. marine.
- Exploring The Solar System Through The Eyes Of Robotic Voyagers Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:09:00 -0500
- The Voyager spacecraft revolutionized our understanding of space. In a new book, The Interstellar Age, planetary scientist Jim Bell shares stories about the planning and excitement back on Earth.
- Through 10 Years Of Mining His Grief, A Novelist Makes 'Nice' Sat, 21 Feb 2015 08:03:00 -0500
- Matt Sumell wrote Making Nice in part as a response to his mother's death from cancer. "I was using the good luck of bad luck," he says. "You use what hurts."
- From Iran To Comedy Central: Maz Jobrani's Path To 'Middle Eastern Funny Man' Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:53:00 -0500
- The Iranian-American comic came to the U.S. when he was 6 years old, just before Iran's 1979 revolution. His new memoir is I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One on TV.