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These 5 books by Black women are must-reads 2021-02-12 11:34:49Black women write themselves back into American history with five key books that bear witness to the complexities of their lives and identities.

Q&A with with Judith Flanders, author of ‘A 2021-02-11 08:46:58Alphabetical order may seem an inevitable way to organize the world. But things weren’t always like this – and indeed, might not be foreve

Two women, one canoe, and 2,000 miles to 2021-02-10 18:03:38After graduating from college, two friends set out to become the first women to paddle from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay in Manitoba, Canada.

A love story spins out across the space-time 2021-02-09 16:57:07In ‘The Love Proof,’ a physicist sets out to demonstrate that a true connection persists beyond the here and now.

‘No Heaven for Good Boys’ tackles a family’s 2021-02-08 17:18:11In her fiction debut, Keisha Bush follows a group of boys caught up in the machinations of a corrupt religious teacher in Senegal.

‘Featherhood’ describes the ties that bind us to 2021-02-08 16:56:13In his wry and moving memoir, Charlie Gilmour saves a magpie chick and discovers something in common with his absent father.

‘Dog Flowers’ traces a mother’s struggle and a 2021-02-05 10:52:48In a memoir about family and identity, Danielle Geller uses her archival skills to create a portrait of her absent mother.

Q&A with Michael Wood, author of ‘The Story 2021-02-05 10:16:43China is one of the oldest continuous civilizations in the world, and its endurance is tied to the complex systems of order it has developed.

Mozart did not consider himself a tortured genius 2021-02-02 17:18:38“Mozart: The Reign of Love” shows him as “fundamentally a happy man,” and rejects the depiction of him as a desperate, impover

Joan Didion commands the essay form in ‘Let 2021-02-01 18:55:55A collection of Didion's work showcases her evolution as a young writer and exhibits her preoccupation with understanding the world through writing.

‘American Baby’ focuses light on the dark history 2021-02-01 18:42:10Gabrielle Glaser traces the changes in social attitudes toward motherhood and the rights of adopted children during the baby boom years.

It’s never to late to change one’s life 2021-01-29 10:47:55Two 50-something women learn to pilot a craft along an English canal, finding reassessment and reinvention along the way in “The Narrowboat Summ

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The Bloodhound 2021-02-18 09:00:00Nicholson Baker’s latest book, Baseless, is stuffed with examples of just how inventive we humans can get when devising ways to harm one another

When Engineers Were Humanists 2021-02-18 09:00:00Let’s say you’re under siege in your castle, surrounded by an unseen enemy just outside the walls, unable to leave home for weeks or month

Phantasms of the Opera 2021-02-18 09:00:00The movie Gaslight (1944) tells the story of an opera singer, played by Ingrid Bergman, who wonders if she is going insane as the lights in her gaslit

The Truth About Museveni’s Crimes 2021-02-18 09:00:00On January 18, four days after Ugandans went to the polls, Yoweri Museveni, who has been the country’s president since 1986, claimed his sixth e

Escape from Fortress Crete 2021-02-18 09:00:00In one of the most audacious feats of World War II, two British undercover agents and a group of Greek partisans in Nazi-occupied Crete kidnapped Gene

How Did the Colonies Unite? 2021-02-18 09:00:00When, Mary Beth Norton asks, did the American Revolution begin? The question is surprising, largely because the answer seems to have been settled long

What Dignity Demands 2021-02-18 09:00:00Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X met only once, at the US Capitol during the Senate debate over the 1964 Civil Rights Act. That chance encounter w

Tune Out & Lean In 2021-02-18 09:00:00A subplot in Tom Wolfe’s 1998 novel A Man in Full involves a young husband and father named Conrad Hensley, a low-level employee in a wholesale

The Reader of Rocks 2021-02-18 09:00:00In 1815 William Smith published the first detailed geological map of an entire country. Its scope was ambitious, as his long, practical-poetic title s

Spirited Away 2021-02-18 09:00:00“People evangelize because they fear that the belief to which they have committed themselves may not be true.” T.M. Luhrmann has spent man

Characters in Search of a Conflict 2021-02-18 09:00:00“It’s not true at all,” we hear in Luigi Pirandello’s story “Romulus,” “that men come together to offer each

A Vermeer for the IRA 2021-02-18 09:00:00In an essay first published by The New Yorker in 1995, Lawrence Weschler described an exchange with Antonio Cassese, the presiding judge at the Yugosl


Véronique Tadjo's 'In The Company Of Men' Focuses New! 2021-02-24 16:57:00NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with writer Véronique Tadjo about her book, In The Company of Men. It's a novel about the Ebola outbreak in West Afri

The Pandemic Has Made An Unlikely Star Out New! 2021-02-24 16:35:00The pandemic has yielded a silver lining for the Brooklyn Public Library. Bilingual librarian Tenzin Kalsang's Tibetan story time has been drawing au

A Botched Execution Leads To A Search For New! 2021-02-24 12:33:00Ellen McGarrahan was a young reporter for The Miami Herald, when she witnessed an execution that went horribly wrong. She revisits the case of Jesse T

Tim O'Brien On Late-In-Life Fatherhood And The Things New! 2021-02-24 12:08:00Now 74, O'Brien didn't become a father until his late 50s. He reflects on writing, mortality and his experiences in Vietnam in the new documentary,

On 'The Kitchen Front,' 4 Women Cook Their 2021-02-24 07:00:30In Jennifer Ryan's new novel, set in England in 1942, four women from different backgrounds compete in a cooking contest with a possibly life-changin

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Beat Poet And Small-Press Publisher, Dies 2021-02-23 14:40:00In 1956, Ferlinghetti published the first edition of Allen Ginsberg's Howl. According to one critic, his greatest accomplishments were fighting censo

What Does The 'War' Over Obamacare Reveal About 2021-02-23 13:46:52In his new book, The Ten Year War, Jonathan Cohn looks at the intense debate surrounding the Affordable Care Act, the compromises of the law itself, a

Pigeons Star In A Tale Of Mining In 2021-02-23 09:42:00Journalist Matthew Gavin Frank exposes the history of South Africa's nefarious diamond industry, accompanied by a tale of pigeons and their role in s

'Red Line' Examines Syria's Use Of Chemical Weapons, 2021-02-23 05:03:00Journalist Joby Warrick takes a detailed look at an excruciating moment for the world — the time in 2013 when the U.S. concluded that Syria's g

'Popular Longing' Digs Into Everything We'd Rather Leave 2021-02-22 05:06:00In her third collection of poems, Natalie Shapero takes a blunt, funny look at the uncomfortable realities of life under capitalism. She says her work

Journalist Margaret Coker Retells The Story Of The 2021-02-21 08:00:00NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with journalist Margaret Coker about her new book, The Spymaster of Baghdad. It chronicles the work of Iraqi intelli

In 'Nubia: Real One,' Trying To Be A 2021-02-21 07:00:00Nubia has been many things over decades of comics: Wonder Woman's sister, her rival, a guardian of the underworld. Now, L.L. McKinney and Robyn Smith

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