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At These Museums, Tragedy Is A History Lesson

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 6:00am

How do you explain the toughest parts of history to children? We asked leaders from memorial museums around the U.S. to help us understand the best way to do so.

'I Am Providence' Is A Love/Hate Letter To A Literary Subculture

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 6:00am

Nick Mamatas takes on the legacy of H.P. Lovecraft — both Lovecraft's notorious racism and sexism, and the zealous fandom that's sprung up around him — with scathing humor in his latest novel.

Pack These Pages: 7 Professional Booksellers Select Your Summer Reading

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 4:50pm

We asked booksellers across the country to share recommendations for books that you can take with you on vacation — or just to the nearest shade tree.

For Olympian Frank Shorter, Running Was An Escape From A Troubled Home

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 3:32pm

He won the Olympic marathon in Munich in 1972, a dramatic triumph that helped fuel the running boom in the United States. But as he writes in a memoir, running helped him deal with a dark secret.

Detroit Bookseller Picks 3 Nonfiction Books For Your Summer

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 3:30pm

Janet Webster Jones recommends Why Grow Up? by Susan Neiman, The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson and A History Of Food In 100 Recipes by William Sitwell.

'The Fire This Time': A New Generation Of Writers On Race In America

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 3:07pm

Author Jesmyn Ward invited prominent writers from her generation to pen essays for The Fire This Time. It's a nod to James Baldwin's work of a similar name, which warned of today's racial tension.

Publishers' Dilemma: Judge A Book By Its Data Or Trust The Editor's Gut?

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 2:31pm

Sophisticated ways of tracking reading habits give publishers hard data that reveals the kinds of books people want to read. But a veteran editor says numbers only go so far in telling the story.

TSA Reminds Passengers: No 'Batarang' Superhero Weapons On Flights

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 1:33pm

The TSA has repeatedly reminded air travelers to put sharp Batman and other superhero paraphernalia in checked baggage.

At TV Press Tour, Actors And Producers Of Color Speak Of Hollywood Struggles

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 1:30pm

More faces of color are turning up on TV, but at this year's Television Critics Association summer press tour, actors and producers spoke out about how hard it still is to get a foot in the door.

A Neuroscientist Explores The Illogical Behaviors Of The Mind In 'Idiot Brain'

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 11:20am

Dean Burnett says the human brain is like a computer that files information in a way that defies logic. According to Burnett, brains can alter memory, cause motion sickness and affect intelligence.

Marriage And Motherhood Are A 'Source Of Power,' Says Comic Ali Wong

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 11:20am

Wong was 7 1/2 months pregnant when she filmed her first comedy special, Baby Cobra. She says that the birth of her daughter changed her career for the better.

The Workings Of Nature: Naturalist Writing And Making Sense Of The World

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 9:00am

Humans have always been curious about the natural world; nature provides enough order to soothe and enough wildness to escape. We've got a roundup of great nature writing from all over the world.

Good, Evil And Long Black Tentacles Make A 'Monstress'

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 6:00am

Gaudy beauty and extravagant horror twine around each other in Marjorie Liu's new graphic novel Monstress. It's the story of a girl caught up in a war of magic in which neither side comes off well.

MTV Looks To Capitalize On Nostalgia With New 'Classic' Channel

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 3:27pm

MTV turns 35 years old Monday, and they're marking the occasion with a channel called MTV Classic. The new channel will air MTV programming from the 1990s and 2000s.

Beyond 'Bright Lights': Jay McInerney Reveals The Trials Of A 'Perfect Couple'

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 12:24pm

McInerney became famous in the 1980s for his semi-autobiographical novel about a hard-partying young man in Manhattan. His new book, Bright, Precious Days, probes the challenges of a lasting marriage.

History, Horchata And Hope: How Classic Kiosks Are Boosting Lisbon's Public Life

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 4:04am

Ornate refreshment kiosks were once the heart of Lisbon's parks and plazas. They faded away under a dictatorship that discouraged public gatherings. Now they're back to help revitalize the city.

Midnight Release Party Summons Muggles For Eighth Harry Potter Installment

Sun, 07/31/2016 - 7:36am

The latest book in J.K. Rowling's series, really a script for a play, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," went on sale at midnight. We check in with fans who lined up, wands in hand, to get a copy.

Megan Abbott's Latest Novel: 'You Will Know Me'

Sun, 07/31/2016 - 7:36am

Do we really know those we're closest to? The riveting book "You Will Know Me," set in the world of competitive gymnastics, suggests not. NPR's Elise Hu speaks with author Megan Abbott.

'Dark Matter' Is A Jet-Propelled Science Thriller

Sun, 07/31/2016 - 6:00am

Blake Crouch's new book — about a mild-mannered professor who's conked on the head and wakes up in another universe — doesn't make much sense, but it's a fast, tasty read with a killer twist.

Not My Job: Sharon Jones Gets Quizzed On Handshakes

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 10:20am

We've invited the lead singer of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings to play a game called "Let's shake on it."




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