July 31, 2010 Adam Langer's enigmatic new novel, The Thieves Of Manhattan, twists and turns like a Mobius strip. The author speaks with Liane Hansen about his myriad influences, his love of puzzles, and how his novel simultaneously skews and celebrates the industry of literature.
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July 31, 2010 While Bret Easton Ellis was writing the sequel to his seminal 1980s book, Less Than Zero, Jay McInerney was learning about Hollywood's new plans for his trailblazing novel Bright Lights, Big City. He tells host Guy Raz about plans to remake the movie and set it in 2010 -- and about how the two authors began sharing characters.
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July 31, 2010 Thanks to his debut novel Less Than Zero, Bret Easton Ellis became one of the literary brand names of the 1980s. He's just written a quarter-century-later sequel called Imperial Bedrooms. He talks with host Guy Raz about his new book and his friendship with fellow '80s icon Jay McInerney.
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July 30, 2010 Once upon a time, tomatoes were considered poisonous, even dangerous. But gradually, the plump produce made its way into our homes and onto our plates. Arthur Allen tells the story of the tomato's redemption, popularization and eventual modification in his book, Ripe: The Search For The Perfect Tomato.
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The iconic black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's was specially designed by Hubert de Givenchy.
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July 30, 2010 In 1961, the character Audrey Hepburn brought to life in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's captured the imagination of an America on the cusp of a sexual revolution. Writer Sam Wasson shows how Hollywood made a hit out of a story about a call girl.
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July 30, 2010 Alan Cheuse reviews the prize-winning book "The Golden Mean" by Annabel Lyon. The historical novel tells a story of the Greek philosopher Aristotle teaching Alexander the Great. Cheuse teaches writing at George Mason University in Virginia.
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July 29, 2010 Whether they craft fiction or nonfiction, poetry or plays, writers use words to transport readers, and from the simplest blog post to the great American novel, it's a process -- and it's hard work. If you're a writer, tell us: What motivates you to put pen to paper, fingers to keys?
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July 29, 2010 In Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, Rhoda Janzen's world is turned upside down when her husband leaves her for a man and she returns to her quirky Mennonite family's home in search of a place to pick up the pieces.
July 29, 2010 Tatiana de Rosnay's Sarah's Key homes in on the 1942 Vel' d'Hiv roundup, in which thousands of Parisian Jews were detained and later transported to the Auschwitz concentration camp.
July 29, 2010 In The Last Stand, Nathaniel Philbrick sketches two larger-than-life antagonists: Sitting Bull, whose charisma and political savvy earned him the position of leader of the Plains Indians, and Gen. George Armstrong Custer, one of the Union's greatest cavalry officers and a man with a reputation for fearless and often reckless courage.
July 29, 2010 The Help captures both black and white voices of 1960s Mississippi in renegade debutante Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan and housekeepers Aibileen Clark and Minny Jackson.
July 29, 2010 Lifelong angler Paul Greenberg fuses investigative journalism, travelogue and personal memoir into one grand meditation on humankind's relationship with the ocean. Four Fish asks readers "to reevaluate whether fish are at their root expendable seafood or wildlife desperately in need of our compassion."
July 29, 2010 A vice president at Amazon says the new e-reader, which will become available at the end of August, fits in a coat pocket or a relatively small purse.
July 28, 2010 Gary Shteyngart's dystopian novel narrates two doomed romances: one between a man and a woman, and one between a writer and his country — or what he fears his country may become. By turns fierce, funny and frightening, Super Sad True Love Story deserves a place on the shelf beside 1984 and Brave New World.
July 28, 2010 Hotels, pools, beaches, airplanes: all good places to ignite a summer fling — or read about one. Here are six recent titles that will let you explore, from the safety of your deck chair, our human capacity for ecstasy and pain.
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