October 10, 2013 Munro's short-story collections include Dance of the Happy Shades, The Moons of Jupiter and, most recently, Dear Life. The author, who has been writing for more than 60 years, is only the 13th woman to win the prize.
October 10, 2013 Chicago Congressman Luis Gutierrez's life has been marked by arrests, no-holds-barred Chicago-style political fighting, and even the occasional Molotov cocktail thrown through his window. He speaks with host Michel Martin about his life and new memoir Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill.
October 10, 2013 For centuries, the memory of Jane Franklin has languished in brother Benjamin's shadow. While Ben is on currency and splashed across textbooks, Jane's life of curiosity and hardship has been forgotten. In Book of Ages, historian Jill Lepore draws a portrait of one of the American Revolution's "little women."
October 10, 2013 Also: a new poem by Sherman Alexie; a captivating essay about surfing; the complexity of shopping for books in France.
October 10, 2013 Jo Baker's Longbourn retells the events of Pride and Prejudice from the point of view of the servants. Baker tells NPR Books editor Petra Mayer that the predicament of the Bennet sisters is well-known, so she wanted to explore the situation of the servant girls with no father, home or dowry.
October 10, 2013 Bridget Jones has grown up — a bit, anyhow — in our exclusive First Read of the new Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy. A widow (shocking!) with two young children (even more shocking!), she's struggling to balance motherhood and her own needs — not to mention a hot, much younger boyfriend.
October 9, 2013 Samuel Scheffler, a philosophy professor at New York University, presents a secular interpretation of life after death. In his book Death and the Afterlife, Scheffler argues that our belief that humanity will outlive us — our faith in the existence of future generations — gives meaning to our lives.
October 9, 2013 Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis have written a portrait of the city that saw John F. Kennedy's death firsthand. In those years, they say, Dallas was a roiling stew of superpatriotism and Communist paranoia — and, above all, distrust of the president.
October 9, 2013 Nick Mamatas' new Love Is the Law is a mashup of black magic, paranoia, politics and teenage alienation. It's the story of punk-rock girl Dawn, who untangles a web of mysteries while investigating the murder of her mentor. Reviewer Jason Heller calls it a "shambolic free-for-all of esoterica" that "rings profanely and profoundly."
October 8, 2013 In the first of a series of posts about the process of publishing a first novel, Martha Woodroof talks to agents about how they fall in love with new authors and what it takes to get from the first romantic blush to a solid business relationship.
October 8, 2013 Smart, who was held captive for nine months at age 14, describes the 2002 ordeal in a new memoir called My Story. She's now an advocate for children's safety education and says "the best punishment" she can give her abusers is to move on with her life and be happy.
October 8, 2013 Also: Sleuthing the first story by Edgar Allan Poe; the merits of YA literature; Atavist Books launches.
October 8, 2013 Ann Leckie's debut novel, Ancillary Justice, is the tale of former starship AI Breq. Now an autonomous human, Breq is out to kill the devious dictator who rules her corner of the galaxy. Reviewer Genevieve Valentine says Ancillary Justice is "a space opera that skillfully handles both choruses and arias."