3:59 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Amanda Palmer On 'The Art Of Asking'

Amanda Palmer's new memoir is "The Art of Asking." (Robin Lubbock/Here & Now)

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 1:46 pm

Musician Amanda Palmer got a lot of flack for her Kickstarter campaign that raised over a million dollars to produce a new indie album and tour. How dare she! She was married to the famous (read: rich) author Neil Gaiman! She asked musicians to join her on tour — unpaid. She took advantage of fans, slept on their couches. Gawker called it the smoke-and-mirror tactics of a grifter.

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The Protojournalist
11:58 am
Tue November 11, 2014

The Secrets Of The Coxswain

The gold-medal winning U.S. rowing team — coxswain at lower left — at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Danny Moloschok/Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 9:09 pm

For British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking — subject of a just-released biopic — being one turned his life around. American newshound Anderson Cooper was one, the Yale Daily News reports. So was photographer Lord Snowdon, former husband to Princess Margaret, according to Rowing History.

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7:53 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Horton Meets A ... Who? Introducing The Kwuggerbug, From Seuss' 'Lost Stories'

Random House

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 11:10 am

Theodor Geisel — better known as Dr. Seuss — has been charming generations of children and adults since the 1950s. And though Seuss died in 1991, a new collection of his lesser-known work, called Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories, comes out Tuesday.

"The four stories in this book came from columns that appeared in Redbook magazine in the 1950s," explains Cathy Goldsmith, an associate publishing director at Random House. "Dr. Seuss actually wrote a piece once a month for Redbook."

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Arts and Entertainment
2:47 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Why It's Time To Talk About Menopause

Sandra Tsing Loh is author of "The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones." (Courtesy)

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 2:12 pm

Sandra Tsing Loh is a writer and a comic and one of the few women who actually wants to talk about menopause.

Hormonal changes in her late 40s helped fuel new passions for Loh –including an extra marital affair and a very messy divorce. Loh chronicles these changes in her memoir “The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones” (excerpt below).

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Author Interviews
2:37 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

In A Foster Home, Two Boys Become 'Kinda Like Brothers'

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 7:30 am

Before Coe Booth was a writer, she was a caseworker with child protective services in New York City, where she worked with teenagers and families in crisis. She was, at times, responsible for removing children from their homes and placing them with foster families. The foster parents would often have children of their own.

"I was always wondering: What would it be like for those kids to have these new kids come and leave and come and leave and not want to attach to them?" she tells Tess Vigeland, guest host of NPR's weekends on All Things Considered.

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2:47 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Book Gives Fly-On-The-Wall Access To Nixon Presidency

Republican president of the United States Richard Nixon thumbing up after announcing his resignation from the presidency after the Watergate scandal on August 9, 1974. (AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 3:37 pm

Forty years ago this week, Richard Nixon resigned from the presidency as a result of the Watergate scandal. Now, a new book gives insight into Richard Nixon, pre-Watergate.

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1:30 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

American Muslim Men And The Search For Love

(D'Arcy Vallance/Flickr)

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 3:46 pm

An awkward teenager tries to figure out if a girl likes him, learns how to kiss and works up the courage to ask her to the prom — and then figures out how to go without his conservative parents knowing.

A young man who knows he’s gay tells his family, only to be cruelly rejected by them.

A man realizes he’s the jerk who didn’t call back the woman, even though they both clearly liked each other.

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The Two-Way
6:39 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Book News: 'Socks, I've Worn A Few?' Flea Is Writing A Memoir

Flea, bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, during the group's performance at this year's Super Bowl. He's going to write a memoir.
Rob Carr Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 6:47 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Monkey See
8:35 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Last Chance To Read 'Grapes Of Wrath' Before It Turns 75

These Grapes of Wrath copies may look well-loved, but don't be fooled. A lot of us are opening them up for the first time.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 3:43 pm

John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl saga has been on required reading lists for decades, but somehow a lot of us at NPR Books have never read it. (We know! We know!) So when we realized the 75th anniversary was coming up on April 14, we thought: What better way to pay tribute to Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning epic than to actually crack it open?

That is to say: We're hosting a Grapes of Wrath book club and you're all invited to join.*

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Book Review
2:46 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Historical Trauma Makes For Thrilling Fiction In 'Officer And A Spy'

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Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 11:02 am

For the historical novelist, the past sometimes seems like one great filing cabinet of material that may lend itself to successful novelization. And in the case of France's so-called "Belle Epoque," the gifted English writer Robert Harris seems to have opened the right drawer. His latest novel, An Officer and a Spy, is set during this period of peace and prosperity between the end of the Franco-Prussian war and the lead-up to the First World War.

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