Earlier this week, German authorities announced that a trove of Nazi-looted art, once thought lost, had been discovered in a Munich apartment. That news has sparked the imagination of author Susan Choi, who recalls reading a novel with a similar theme: Jenny Erpenbeck's Visitation.
St. Louis might be known for legendary entertainers like Josephine Baker, or star athletes like Yogi Berra, but now there's something else putting the city on the map. It's known as the 'Chess Capital of the World.' Host Michel Martin learns more from St. Louis native and chess National Master, Charles Lawton.
Abdulnasser Gharem is revolutionizing the contemporary art scene in Saudi Arabia with performance art and installations that chafe against his country's bureaucracy. A lieutenant colonel in the army, Gharem skirts potential censorship by exhibiting his boldest, most critical pieces outside Saudi borders.
Before World War II, numerous Jewish emigrants left Lithuania for South Africa. In his debut novel, Kenneth Bonert tells the story of a family among their number. As reviewer Ellah Allfrey writes, despite a few rookie mistakes, that story is told with great inventiveness and care.
Based on the 2004 novel of the same title, How I Live Now follows a teenager living in the English countryside, trying to survive and find her family after martial law is declared. Directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), the film stars Saoirse Ronan.
A new biography from Sam Wasson examines the life and legacy of the the Broadway, TV and film director, Bob Fosse, who is know for such game-changing entertainments as Cabaret, Liza With A Z and Chicago. NPR's Bob Mondello says the book has both substantial research and vivid descriptions.
In the many decades since the publication of How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie's self-help classic has been both celebrated and mocked, but it's still selling plenty of copies. Steven Watts' new biography of the man may feel overstuffed, but, as Maureen Corrigan notes, Carnegie's relentless positivity always shines through.
An artist is finding a new way to tell the story of a great American city with an old-fashioned tool. Henry Goldkamp installed nearly 40 typewriters in places around St. Louis and encouraged passers-by to type out their thoughts about the city. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Goldkamp about his project.