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"If I have not read a book before, it is, for all intents and purposes, new to me whether it was printed yesterday or three hundred years ago."

—William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist noted for literary criticism


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Join The 'Morning Edition' Book Club As We Read 'A God In Ruins'  Tue, 05 May 2015 05:00:43 -0400
Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, who selected the book, tells NPR's David Greene that Kate Atkinson is "one of those writers that really can make you weep on one page and laugh on the next." 
Willie Nelson: 'Ain't Many Of Us Left'  Tue, 05 May 2015 02:03:27 -0400
The Red-Headed Stranger has a new memoir out, titled It's A Long Story. On a tour bus in Thackerville, Okla., Nelson explains to NPR's David Greene why no one can tell him what to do. 
Silence On The Sidelines: An MLB Insider's 'Manifesto' On Youth Sports  Mon, 04 May 2015 13:23:00 -0400
Baseball's Mike Matheny speaks with Fresh Air's Dave Davies about his playing career, managing in the big leagues and the pressures of youth sports. Matheny is the author of The Matheny Manifesto. 
With Comedic Touch, 'Zombie Wars' Tackles Impact Of Real Violence  Sun, 03 May 2015 17:23:00 -0400
The main character in Aleksandar Hemon's new book is a hapless screenwriter who's never faced real hardship. But after an affair with a Bosnian refugee, he can no longer avoid the realities of war. 
Demystifying The Art World In 'Playing To The Gallery'  Sun, 03 May 2015 07:45:00 -0400
Have you ever stared at a piece of art and thought, I just don't get it? Artist Grayson Perry gives NPR's Rachel Martin the answers to questions about art that some are too embarrassed to ask. 
Author Hopes Holocaust-Themed Picture Book Will Prompt Conversations  Sat, 02 May 2015 17:48:00 -0400
Jane Yolen's latest is a children's book about a family trying to survive the Holocaust in France. "I consider Stone Angel a kind of starting place for parents to talk to their kids," she says. 
John Lydon: The Foul-Mouthed Yob Sets The Record Straight  Sat, 02 May 2015 15:34:00 -0400
"After reading so much rubbish written about me over the years, it became obvious that I had to just tell it like it is," Lydon tells NPR's Arun Rath. Lydon just wrote his memoir, Anger Is An Energy
'Outsider Baseball': Tells Tales Of Obscure Baseball Characters  Sat, 02 May 2015 07:57:56 -0400
Gary Cieradkowski's new book is an illustrated compendium of baseball's forgotten characters. He talks to NPR's Scott Simon about The League of Outsider Baseball. 
A Veteran Scientist Dreams Boldly Of 'Earth And Sky'  Sat, 02 May 2015 07:57:00 -0400
Famous — and occasionally controversial — physicist Freeman Dyson's new essay collection ranges from scientific history to today's hot-button issues like climate change and genetic engineering. 
Ohio Kidnapping Survivors Recount Captivity, Escape From Horror  Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:34:00 -0400
In 2013, three young women who had vanished years earlier escaped from a house where they had been held captive. Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, along with writer Mary Jordan, discuss their new memoir. 
Graphic Novel About Holocaust 'Maus' Banned In Russia For Its Cover  Tue, 28 Apr 2015 19:51:00 -0400
NPR's Robert Siegel talks with author and illustrator Art Spiegelman about how his book Maus, the very antithesis of Nazi propaganda, was purged from Moscow stores because of a swastika on the cover. 
'Ashley's War' Details Vital Work Of Female Soldiers In Afghanistan  Tue, 28 Apr 2015 03:49:00 -0400
A new book looks at the women who served alongside elite special operations units in order to connect with a population that was off-limits to male soldiers: Afghan women. 
This Weekend, Investigate The 'Edges' Of Fred Moten's Musical Poetry  Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:42:35 -0400
In honor of National Poetry Month, our latest Weekend Read is Fred Moten's collection The Little Edges. Poet Douglas Kearney says Moten's power is in his attention to music, both in text and subject. 
The World Music Education of Philip Glass  Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:06:00 -0400
In his new memoir, Music Without Words, the composer explains how a chance meeting with Ravi Shankar sparked a fascination with the cultures of the world and their music. 
Imagining The Power Of Edouard Manet's 'Very Active Muse'  Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:06:00 -0400
Maureen Gibbon's new novel, Paris Red, delves into the life of Victorine Meurent, Manet's favorite model and the central figure in some of his most famous paintings.