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Cartoonist Looks Back On Career Built On Unnerving Visions 
  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:05:00 -0400 
    As a young man, Jim Woodring was looking for a sign — and he found it in a huge, green hallucinated amphibian. His new book of old drawings, Jim, includes many works inspired by such "apparitions."


Novelist Nuruddin Farah: Facing A Blank Page Is 'Bravest Thing' A Writer Does 
  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:50:45 -0400 
    Farah's latest is called Hiding in Plain Sight. It's the story of Bella, a Somali photographer living in Rome who gets drawn into the lives of her niece and nephew after her half-brother is killed.


The Life Of De Niro, From 'Mean Streets' To 'Meet The Parents' 
  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:47:00 -0400 
    Shawn Levy's brick-sized new biography of screen legend Robert De Niro was produced without cooperation from the actor — but Levy says that just forced him to do better research.


40 Years Later, Diane Von Furstenberg's Wrap Dress Still Wears Well 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:33:00 -0400 
    In her memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be, Diane von Furstenberg says she owes her success to her mother, a strong, strict Holocaust survivor who called Diane her "torch of freedom."


Patchett: In Bad Relationships, 'There Comes A Day When You Gotta Go' 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:10:57 -0400 
    Ann Patchett got married and divorced young. To her second husband, she said: "I'll be true, I'll be faithful ... but I don't want to live together." Her book is This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage.


Herbie Hancock: 'On A Path To Find My Own Answer' 
  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:31:00 -0400 
    In a candid interview, the ever-innovative pianist traces the lines between Buddhist chants, Sly Stone and Miles Davis, while shedding new light on some hard facts about his past.


Disappearing Religions Charted In 'Heirs To Forgotten Kingdoms' 
  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:31:00 -0400 
    When Gerard Russell was a diplomat in the Middle East, he met followers of ancient religions facing extinction. His new book includes the origins of the Yazidis, who are fleeing the Islamic State.


Among The Young And Privileged In North Korea 
  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:33:00 -0400 
    American journalist Suki Kim spent six months teaching English at a North Korean University that serves the sons of the elite. She chronicles her experience in a new book, Without You, There Is No Us.


You Definitely Need This Condo Pony, And Other Products From 'SkyMaul' 
  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:27:00 -0400 
    "The Hot Dog Clock" and "The Forever Diaper" are also must-haves. A San Francisco comedy group is once again poking fun at the in-flight catalog SkyMall.


Making The Most Of Your Twenties: Meg Jay Answers Your Questions 
  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:10:27 -0400 
    Psychologist Meg Jay answers your questions on making the most of your twenties — the developmental sweet spot — that defines the rest of your life.


From Sizzling Fajitas To The Super Bowl, How Sounds Help Sell 
  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:44:00 -0400 
    Joel Beckerman is a composer who specializes in sonic branding. His new book is called The Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy.


One Lawyer's Fight For Young Blacks And 'Just Mercy' 
  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:00:00 -0400 
    When police pulled a gun on Bryan Stevenson as he was sitting quietly in his car in Atlanta, he knew he had to effect change. His memoir describes his attempts, including freeing men on death row.


There's Never A Dull Moment On This Trans-Siberian Adventure 
  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 04:23:00 -0400 
    Morning Edition's David Greene has taken this 6,000-mile ride twice. He shares his experience in the cramped third-class cars — borscht and all — in his new book, Midnight in Siberia.


Many Views Of Muhammad, As A Man And As A Prophet 
  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:01:00 -0400 
    In her new book, The Lives of Muhammad, Boston University professor Kecia Ali discusses the different ways that Muslim and non-Muslim biographers have depicted the prophet over the centuries.


Understanding Society Through 3 American Classics 
  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:43:00 -0400 
    NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Azar Nafisi about her new book, The Republic of Imagination, a reflection on America through three of its most memorable books.
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