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For Actress Maria Bello, Family May Be Complicated, But 'Love Is Love' 
  Wed, 27 May 2015 13:23:00 -0400 
    In her memoir Whatever ... Love is Love, Bello describes the evolution of her "modern family," which includes her romantic partner (a woman), her adolescent son and her son's father.


A Neurosurgeon Reflects On The 'Awe And Mystery' Of The Brain 
  Tue, 26 May 2015 14:30:00 -0400 
    In his memoir Do No Harm, Henry Marsh confesses to the uncertainties he's dealt with as a surgeon, revisits his triumphs and failures and reflects on the enigmas of the brain and consciousness.


Lovely Illustrations From The Story Of A Black Boy Who Dreams Of Going To Mars 
  Tue, 26 May 2015 12:39:00 -0400 
    The authors — who are black and queer — didn't see a lot of kids like them in children's books growing up. They wanted to help change that.


Post-Ron Swanson, Nick Offerman Has The 'Gumption' To Be Himself 
  Sun, 24 May 2015 18:10:00 -0400 
    "I've never accused myself of being manly," Offerman says, noting his real-life persona is different from his Parks and Recreation character. His book is a set of essays about people who inspire him.


Novelist Mat Johnson Explores The 'Optical Illusion' Of Being Biracial 
  Sun, 24 May 2015 07:27:00 -0400 
    Johnson, the son of an African-American mother and an Irish-American father, has just written Loving Day, a funny, sometimes absurd look at what it means to grow up mixed heritage in the U.S.


This Weekend, Navigate The Changing World Of 'Vikram Lall' 
  Sun, 24 May 2015 05:45:34 -0400 
    M.G. Vassanji's book, The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, wrestles with questions of identity in a story about a young Indian boy coming of age in 1950s Kenya, a time of great political unrest.


What If The Drought Doesn't End? 'The Water Knife' Is One Possibility 
  Sat, 23 May 2015 21:48:00 -0400 
    It's Chinatown meets Mad Max in writer Paolo Bacigalupi's new desert dystopia, filled with climate refugees, powerful state border patrols, and secret agents called water knives.


'Mislaid' Punctures Notions Of Gender And Race 
  Sat, 23 May 2015 07:54:00 -0400 
    In Nell Zink's new book, Mislaid, a young woman marries her male professor. It's 1965. She likes women; he likes men. What follows is a biting satire about gender, race and sexuality.


'Dietland': A 'Fight Club' For Women That Reclaims The Word 'Fat' 
  Sat, 23 May 2015 07:54:00 -0400 
    Sarai Walker's new novel centers on Alicia "Plum" Kettle, a 20-something writer who's saving up for weight loss surgery when she joins an underground feminist collective.


How 'Gatsby' Went From A Moldering Flop To A Great American Novel 
  Fri, 22 May 2015 15:36:00 -0400 
    In So We Read On, Maureen Corrigan looks at the story behind The Great Gatsby, from F. Scott Fitzgerald's life to the era in which it's set. Originally broadcast Sept. 8, 2014.


In 'Out Of Line,' The Many, Many Acts Of Jules Feiffer 
  Tue, 19 May 2015 17:52:00 -0400 
    At 86, Jules Feiffer has drawn comic strips, written books and plays, and is now experimenting with graphic novels. A new compilation, Out of Line, takes an extensive look at his many careers.


How Heroin Made Its Way From Rural Mexico To Small-Town America 
  Tue, 19 May 2015 03:23:00 -0400 
    With pizza delivery as a model, Mexican cartels revolutionized the heroin trade, making it easily available in smaller U.S. communities. Journalist Sam Quinones has the story in his new book.


Cherokee Chief John Ross Is The Unsung Hero Of 'Jacksonland' 
  Tue, 19 May 2015 03:22:00 -0400 
    Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep's new book examines a dark chapter in American history: the Cherokee Trail of Tears and the chief who used the tools of democracy to try to protect his people.


Attention White-Collar Workers: The Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs 
  Mon, 18 May 2015 14:05:00 -0400 
    The machines have long been used in manufacturing, but Martin Ford, author of Rise of the Robots, says they're now poised to replace humans as teachers, lawyers and even journalists.


'The Gracekeepers' Sets Damplings Against The Landlockers 
  Sun, 17 May 2015 08:19:00 -0400 
    The world of The Gracekeepers has two types of people — those of the land and those of the sea. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Kirsty Logan about her novel, set in a future enveloped by water.
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