Books : NPR
13 Nov 2016


  • Second-Generation Sportscaster Joe Buck: 'I Hear My Dad More In Me Now'
    Sat, 12 Nov 2016 08:40:13 -0500
    "I will forever be known to some people as Jack Buck's son," the announcer says. "And thank God he and I were best friends or that would drive me nuts." His new book is called Lucky Bastard.
  • Emmett Till's Father Was Also Hanged: A New Book Tells His Story
    Sat, 12 Nov 2016 08:40:13 -0500
    A decade before his teenage son was lynched in Mississippi, Louis Till was serving overseas in World War II. Writing to Save a Life explores how Till was convicted of rape and murder and put to death.
  • 'You Will Not Have My Hate' Author On Losing His Wife In Paris Terror Attacks
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 16:19:00 -0500
    NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Antoine Leiris, author of the new book, You Will Not Have My Hate, about the Paris terrorist attacks in November 2015.
  • 'Arrival' Author's Approach To Science Fiction? Slow, Steady And Successful
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 16:19:00 -0500
    The new film is based on a short story by Ted Chiang — a 49-year-old technical writer based in Seattle. "Fiction writing is very hard for me," he explains — and so Chiang takes his time.
  • 'Daily Show' Host Writes About Growing Up Biracial In South Africa
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 05:11:00 -0500
    Trevor Noah's black mother was jailed for having a relationship with his white father. She always turned to humor before anger, and Noah says that's a trait he inherited. His new book is Born a Crime.
  • Weird, Spirited 'Pieces Of Soap' Celebrates The Essays Of Stanley Elkin
    Thu, 10 Nov 2016 13:23:00 -0500
    Elkin, who died in 1995, was known for his satirical takes on American culture. Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews a new collection of essays that showcases the freshness of Elkin's work.
  • The Greatest Hits Of 'The Platinum Age Of Television'
    Thu, 10 Nov 2016 13:23:00 -0500
    "Television has really become where a lot of the action is right now," critic David Bianculli says. His new book revisits the best of the small screen — from I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead.
  • 'Things From The Flood' Is Gorgeously Creepy And Strangely Human
    Thu, 10 Nov 2016 07:00:00 -0500
    Simon Stlenhag's new book of paintings is a followup to his unique vision of a robot-and-monster haunted alternate Sweden. Each page is heavily freighted with dread, but you can't stop looking.
  • 'The Mountain Of Kept Memory' Is A World To Get Lost In
    Wed, 09 Nov 2016 07:00:20 -0500
    Rachel Neumeier's novel is classic high fantasy: A prince and princess must work together to save their kingdom. It's not new territory, but it is a richly imagined world worth spending time in.
  • 'Fish In Exile' Is A Chronicle Of Grief Barely Survived
    Tue, 08 Nov 2016 07:00:19 -0500
    In Vi Khi Nao's new novel, a husband and wife are falling apart after losing their two children in a terrible accident. Nao's poetic chops are on full display in this immersive, difficult book.
  • Make America Bake Again: A History Of Cake In The U.S.
    Mon, 07 Nov 2016 15:21:00 -0500
    From the waste-not ethos behind Angel Food Cake, to the science fads that sparked chocolate cake, American Cake tells a story of immigration and ingenuity.
  • 'Doonesbury' Creator Has 'Great Fun' Putting Trump In A Comic Setting
    Mon, 07 Nov 2016 13:19:00 -0500
    "Donald and I go all the way back to when his hair was dark brown," Garry Trudeau jokes. His new book, Yuge!, is a collection of 30 years of comic strips featuring Trump as a character.
  • 'Float' Will Lift Your Mind Out Of Its Rut
    Sun, 06 Nov 2016 07:00:18 -0500
    Anne Carson's unconventional collection of 22 chapbooks can be read in any order, and covers everything from Helen of Troy to H.G. Wells — but mostly, it's about women taking back their own stories.
  • Francine Prose's 'Mister Monkey' Novel Inspired By Her Granddaughter's Cheeky Comment
    Sat, 05 Nov 2016 08:27:00 -0400
    Mister Monkey is the latest novel by award-winning writer Francine Prose. NPR's Scott Simon chats with Prose about the novel which was inspired after a seeing a play with her granddaughter.
  • For Tippi Hedren, Hitchcock's Scares Came Off-Screen
    Sat, 05 Nov 2016 08:27:00 -0400
    In her new memoir, Tippi, the actress speaks frankly about Hollywood, her career, and her complicated relationship with Alfred Hitchcock — who made her a star, but also made her life hell.
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