The Week's Best Stories From NPR BooksThis week: Matt de la Peña on his new picture book. The fearless cook who fed and funded civil rights activists. Plus poet Kaveh Akbar, Leila Slimani and a new feminist dystopia set in in Oregon.
"I could be wrong, you know:" John Hodgman notes that while his book That Is All is intensely concerned with "the coming global superpocalypse," it also contains much information about travel and sports and wine, and is "not depressing."
Shirley Mason was the psychiatric patient whose life was portrayed in the 1973 book Sybil. The book and subsequent film caused an enormous spike in reported cases of multiple personality disorder. Mason later admitted she had faked her multiple personalities.
The fourth time is the charm for Julian Barnes, winner of this year's Man Booker Prize. Barnes, 65, was shortlisted for the Booker three times in the past: for Arthur and George in 2005, England, England in 1998 and Flaubert's Parrot in 1984.