Books Changing My Mind Occasional Essays by Zadie Smith Hardcover, 306 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $26.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleChanging My MindSubtitleOccasional EssaysAuthorZadie Smith Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Other editions available for purchase: Paperback, 306 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published October 26 2010 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleChanging My MindSubtitleOccasional EssaysAuthorZadie Smith Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Genres: Nonfiction Also by Zadie Smith NW On Beauty Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Changing My Mind New In Paperback New In Paperback, Oct. 25-31 October 27, 2010 In fiction, Pete Dexter repays his real-life debt to his stepfather and Tracy Chevalier explores the life of an uneducated woman who became a pioneering 19th century fossil hunter. In nonfiction, there's dish on Google and the 2008 campaign, and Zadie Smith's essays show faith in inconsistency. Books Book Suggestions For A Passionate Holiday Fresh Air December 7, 2009 The act of passing on a passion is one of the greatest gifts you can give. Book critic Maureen Corrigan promises that the books on this list — mostly slim, unforgettable volumes about places or things that the writers themselves deeply love — are merrily infectious. Book Suggestions For A Passionate Holiday Listen· 6:40 6:40 Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/121153480/121157787" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Callie Neylan/NPR What We're Reading What We're Reading, Nov. 17 - 23, 2009 November 17, 2009 This week's staff picks: Biographies from bad-boy Andre Agassi and 'Rogue' politician Sarah Palin. Stephen King returns to form in a new novel, Zadie Smith fascinates in collected essays, and science writer Nicholas Wade argues that God is just an evolutionary adaptation. Author Interviews In Essays, Author Zadie Smith Reveals Her Process November 11, 2009 In the new collection Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays, author Zadie Smith explores her writing process and the people who have influenced her. Smith tells NPR she doesn't write every day, though she wishes she did — and that she used writing as a way to mourn her father. In Essays, Author Zadie Smith Reveals Her Process Listen· 8:19 8:19 Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/120320510/120330276" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Brave, Brainy, Changeable — Zadie Smith Revealed November 11, 2009 The payoff in Zadie Smith's book of essays, Changing My Mind, comes not from her discussion of her literary influences but in three essays about her "gentle, sentimental" father, Harvey Smith, a salesman who died at 81 in 2006.