"Don't join the book burners. Do not think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed."
—Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969) 34th US President, Republican
- Danish 'Nightingale' Is Freshly Femininst, And Also Frustrating Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:00:00 -0500
- Nina Borg, the heroine of Death of a Nightingale, is a Red Cross nurse on a mission to save the dispossessed. But she neglects her own family as she rescues those in need in Agnete Friis and Lene Kaaberbol's elaborately plotted page-turner.
- This Christmas, Get The Kids Books (No Batteries Required) Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:45:00 -0500
- Hey there, befuddled aunts, uncles and family friends. Not sure what to buy for kids who already have everything? NPR's Book Concierge is here to help you find gifts for all those nieces, nephews and offspring of other people.
- Book News: 500 Authors Demand International Bill Of Digital Rights Tue, 10 Dec 2013 07:39:00 -0500
- Also: Joan Didion on Martha Stewart; Alice Munro's Nobel interview; the difficulties of judging the National Book Awards.
- Book Review: 'Going Dark' Mon, 09 Dec 2013 16:29:00 -0500
- Alan Cheuse reviews Going Dark, the latest book by Edgar Award-winning suspense author James Hall. Cheuse says Hall is one of the greatest genre writers working today.
- 'In Meat We Trust' Argues We Got The Meat Industry We Asked For Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:21:00 -0500
- Historian Maureen Ogle's new book examines the rise of our modern industrial meat system by examining its roots — all the way back to Colonial America. There's a fundamental disconnect, she argues, in our demands for both cheap, plentiful meat and an end to factory farms. Something, she says, has to give.
- Latino Children's Literature That Should Top Lists Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:04:09 -0500
- Each year The New York Times highlights top children's books. But this year, not one book is by a Latino author. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with blogger Monica Olivera, and Latinas for Latino Lit co-founder, Viviana Hurtado, about books they feel were overlooked this year.
- Delia Ephron On The Closeness And Complexity Of Sisterhood Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:24:00 -0500
- Novelist Delia Ephron says that losing her older sister Nora was like "losing an arm." But for all their collaboration and closeness, Delia writes about the complications of sisterhood in her new collection of autobiographical essays, Sister Mother Husband Dog (etc.).
- Book News: 'Stoner' Created Little Buzz In 1965, But Ignites In 2013 Mon, 09 Dec 2013 07:17:00 -0500
- Also: comparing Nora Ephron and Joan Didion; more literary celebrations of Nelson Mandela; the best book coming out this week.
- 'Getting Away With Murder': A Study Of Benazir Bhutto's Death Sun, 08 Dec 2013 18:12:00 -0500
- Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in 2007. Heraldo Munoz, who led the United Nations investigation into her death, portrays the tense political climate that surrounded Bhutto's return to politics and the circumstances of the killing in his new book.
- Rick Warren Writes A Faith-Based Diet Book Sun, 08 Dec 2013 08:00:00 -0500
- While baptizing 827 adults one day, evangelical pastor Rick Warren says he literally felt the weight of America's obesity problem. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Warren and psychiatrist and physician Daniel Amen about getting healthy and their new book, The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life.
- Tackling Race Head-On To Expose A 'Dreadful Deceit' Sun, 08 Dec 2013 08:00:00 -0500
- Author Jacqueline Jones argues that race is a social construct and that people should think twice before even using the word. Host Rachel Martin talks with Jones about her new book, A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama's America.
- When Parents Refused To Talk, Angelou Explained Sex — And Healing Sun, 08 Dec 2013 07:00:00 -0500
- In Roshi Fernando's upper-middle-class childhood home, conversations about sex were taboo. But at 13, already a survivor of sexual trauma, she needed answers. Fernando turned to Maya Angelou's autobiographical I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and, in its pages, found comfort and strength.
- 'Pomegranate Lady' Depicts The Comedy And Tragedy Of Exile Sat, 07 Dec 2013 17:25:53 -0500
- Goli Taraghi writes about life in Iran — about love, loss, alienation and exile. She is particularly equipped to the task, as her own exile from the country began in 1980 at the outset of the Iranian Revolution. She discusses her latest collection of short stories, The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons.
- To Better Remember Nelson Mandela, Get To Know This 'Country' Sat, 07 Dec 2013 15:00:00 -0500
- Amid the flurry of retrospectives prompted by Nelson Mandela's death, writer Kevin Roose reminds readers not to forget the social context within which Mandela struggled. Roose suggests reading the novel, Cry the Beloved Country, to understand the systematic racial oppression of South Africa under apartheid.
- Don't Call It Fanfic: Writers Rework Their Favorite Stories Sat, 07 Dec 2013 08:05:00 -0500
- When writers finish a book, they may think they've had the last word — but sometimes another writer will decide there's more to the story, or more to a background character. NPR's Lynn Neary explores the fine old literary tradition of writing new stories based on existing books.