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Remembering The 'Short And Tragic Life Of Robert Peace' 
  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 03:26:00 -0400 
    Robert Peace, a 30-year-old African-American, was a Yale University graduate and an almost straight-A student in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. He also dealt marijuana.


An 'Epilogue' That Makes Sense Of The Chaos Of Memory 
  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:57:00 -0400 
    In his episodic memoir, Will Boast meets the siblings he never knew while navigating family deaths and secrets. Critic Ellah Allfrey finds Epilogue conceptually ambitious, but lacking in execution.


Ron Perlman On 'Sons Of Anarchy' And His Many On-Screen Transformations 
  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:18:00 -0400 
    Perlman played the ruthless leader of a motorcycle gang on the FX series. In his new book, Easy Street (The Hard Way), he talks about having a face "that was not ugly but surely one of its kind."


'Sally Heathcote' Rescues Women's Suffrage From The Doldrums 
  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    A working-class activist anchors this graphic novel portrayal of British suffrage. Sally Heathcote is a compelling mix of visual ingenuity and historical accuracy.


A Poet Parses The Legacy Of War In 'My Life As A Foreign Country' 
  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:29:00 -0400 
    When award-winning poet Brian Turner served in the Army, he was following a long family tradition. His new memoir traces that history — and imagines the perspectives of the people shooting back.


It May Be 'Perfectly Normal', But It's Also Frequently Banned 
  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:00:00 -0400 
    It's Perfectly Normal, a 20-year-old illustrated sex-ed book for kids, is meant to teach children about sexual health, puberty and relationships. It's one of the most banned books in America.


How Drones Changed Modern Warfare 
  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:45:00 -0400 
    NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to retired Air Force Gen. David Deptula and author Richard Whittle about Whittle's new book, Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution.


Jargon-Free History Of The Universe Finds Beauty In Ordinary Words 
  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:45:00 -0400 
    Astrophysicist Roberto Trotta argues that we don't need jargon. He tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn he's compiled a history of the universe as we know it, using only the 1,000 most-common English words.


Finding A Voice — Again — In The Pages Of A Comic Book 
  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:45:00 -0400 
    David Rector was a long-time NPR producer — and comic book geek — before being felled by a terrible brain injury. Now, his fiancee is spearheading the creation of a comic book based on Rector's story.


The Stories In 'Bright Shards' Glimmer With Empathetic Power 
  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 05:31:56 -0400 
    The characters in Monica McFawn's short stories range from a gambling nanny to a butterfly-selling mathematician. Each story is full of carefully observed human detail and flashes of brilliance.


'Passages' Author Reflects On Her Own Life Journey 
  Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:55:00 -0400 
    Gail Sheehy is famous for her in-depth profiles of influential people, as well as her 1976 book on common adult life crises. Now she turns her eye inward, in her new memoir Daring: My Passages.


Picasso, Nazis And A Daring Escape In 'My Grandfather's Gallery' 
  Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:34:00 -0400 
    As a little girl, Anne Sinclair knew Pablo Picasso. She talks with NPR's Scott Simon about why she didn't want the master to paint her picture, and her new memoir, My Grandfather's Gallery.


Bolano's Newly Translated Novel Wrests Beauty From Despair 
  Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:03:13 -0400 
    A Little Lumpen Novelita is an intoxicating tale of a teenage girl who struggles to stay afloat. It cements Roberto Bolano's place as the most commanding Latin American writer of the last few decades.


Why Afghanistan's 'Underground Girls' Skirt Tradition To Live As Boys 
  Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:11:00 -0400 
    In a new book, journalist Jenny Nordberg writes about the bacha posh, young girls who dress up like boys to enjoy the freedoms of being an Afghan male for as long as they can.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of September 18, 2014 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:03:20 -0400 
    Appearing at No. 6, scholar Reza Aslan's Zealot combines biblical and historical sources to probe the life of Jesus of Nazareth.
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