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"What we become depends on what we read after all the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is the collection of books."

—Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian, essayist


NPR On Authors

Nigella Lawson Loves Leftovers And Knows How To Use Them  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:07:00 -0500
If you don't want to eat endless turkey sandwiches, there's plenty else you can make. David Greene talks to cookbook author Nigella Lawson about what to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers. 
British Mystery Novelist P.D. James Dies At 94  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:00:00 -0500
The author of such books as The Black Tower was best-known for her series featuring Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh. 
Box Of Love Letters Reveals Grandfather Didn't Escape WWII With 'Everyone'  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:08:00 -0500
Years after her grandfather's death, Sarah Wildman discovered letters from a young woman he'd left behind in Vienna in the 1930s. So Wildman set out to find her grandfather's true love. 
In 'Redeployment,' Former Marine Explores The Challenges Of Coming Home  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:39:00 -0500
Phil Klay served in Iraq from January 2007 to February 2008. He recently won a National Book Award for his collection of short stories. 
The Rise And Fall Of Comedian Bob Hope  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:43:00 -0500
Hope was a comedy trailblazer, but in his twilight years he alienated young audiences with his political views. "He had, unfortunately, stuck around too long," says Hope biographer Richard Zoglin. 
Al Michaels On Great Sports Moments That He's Witnessed  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:16:00 -0500
Al Michaels' book covers Super Bowls, Olympics, World Series and working with legends. David Greene meets the play-by-play voice, and talks to Michaels about his book, You Can't Make This Up
How Author John Safran Lost A Year In Mississippi  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:14:00 -0500
God'll Cut You Down is a new book based on the tangled true story about the murder of a white supremacist by a black hustler. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the book's author, John Safran. 
Author Wrestles With Wolves In 'Treat Us Like Dogs'  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:51:00 -0500
NPR's Scott Simon talks to Carolyn Chute about her new novel, Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves. The book follows a reporter as she investigates a remote commune and its charismatic leader. 
'Recasting' India's Economic Policy For The Free Market  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:03:13 -0500
Fortune India editor-at-large Hindol Sengupta's new book chronicles India's lurching progress away from a state-controlled economy to a more open system that encourages business and investment. 
Why Should We Look At The Clouds More Often?  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:21:05 -0500
You don't need to plan a trip to find beauty and perspective. Just look up, says Gavin Pretor-Pinney, and stop for a moment every day to admire the beauty in the sky above and in our everyday lives. 
Why Would Someone Choose Silence For 17 Years?  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:21:05 -0500
For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a silent message of environmental respect. For 17 of those years he didn't speak a word. 
How Do Years Of Silence Change Someone?  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:21:05 -0500
For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a silent message of environmental responsibility. For 17 years he didn't speak a word. 
Why Do We Undervalue Introverts?  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:21:05 -0500
In a culture where being social and outgoing are celebrated, it can be difficult to be an introvert. Susan Cain argues introverts bring extraordinary talents to the world, and should be celebrated. 
How Can We Find More Time To Be Still?  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:21:00 -0500
Pico Iyer says sitting still and reflecting is hard work, but we bring so much more to our experiences and relationships when we make time to think. 
Sen. Mitch McConnell's Political Life, Examined, In 'The Cynic'  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:09:00 -0500
When journalist Alec MacGillis started looking into McConnell's early politics, he says he was "startled" by how moderate the Republican used to be. The book traces McConnell's shift to the right.