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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