NPR : News

Filed Under:

Book News: Putin Biographer To Write Book On Tsarnaev Brothers

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Riverhead Books has announced a deal for a book about Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. It will be written by Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen, author of the biography The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, the publisher announced in a press release Wednesday. The book, according to the release, seeks to explain "who the brothers were, where they came from, what shaped them, and how they came to do what they appear to have done."
  • Claire Messud, asked in an interview with Publisher's Weekly whether she would want to be friends with the protagonist of her latest novel, responded: "For heaven's sake, what kind of question is that? Would you want to be friends with Humbert Humbert? Would you want to be friends with Mickey Sabbath? Saleem Sinai? Hamlet? Krapp? Oedipus? Oscar Wao? Antigone? Raskolnikov? Any of the characters in The Corrections? Any of the characters in Infinite Jest? Any of the characters in anything Pynchon has ever written? Or Martin Amis? Or Orhan Pamuk? Or Alice Munro, for that matter? If you're reading to find friends, you're in deep trouble. We read to find life, in all its possibilities."
  • "How to smash capitalism (while you work out)": a new blog imagines Cosmopolitan magazine for Marxists. You know, in case you've ever wondered: "Is unceasing class warfare ruining your skin?"
  • The announcement earlier this week about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's book deal has fueled speculation that he's looking to run for president in 2016. Democratic National Committee Vice Chairwoman Donna Brazile writes in an email to NPR that "when you're thinking of taking your brand from state side to the national landscape, the first rule of politics is to write a compelling book and tell your story." She adds, "Governor Cuomo is not one to follow, he knows how to lead."
  • Joyce Carol Oates writes on Julian Barnes in The Times Literary Supplement: "He is relentless in self-analysis, exacting to the point of obsession in exposing the rawness of his grief."
Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit


ABC Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'

ABC will air "It's Your 50th Christmas Charlie Brown" Monday night. On the classic Christmas cartoon's golden anniversary, NPR explores what makes this ageless special endure.

L.A.'s Top Restaurant Charts New Waters In Sustainable Seafood

Providence is widely considered the finest restaurant in Los Angeles. Its award-winning chef, Michael Cimarusti, is piloting Dock to Dish, a program that hooks chefs up directly with local fishermen.
WAMU 88.5

U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes On How Money Influences Politics, Locally And Nationally

One of Maryland's federal lawmakers is behind some new ideas about campaign finance reform that have stalled in Congress, but are being taken up by local legislatures, including D.C.

WAMU 88.5

Computer Guys And Gal

Computer Guys and Gal sort out all the latest technology news from the last month.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.