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A Storm, A Friend, And Redemption: A Street Sense Vendor Is 'Still Standing'

The unlikely duo of Gerald Anderson and Susan Orlins collaborated on a book about a life on the margins, Hurricane Katrina, and redemption.


'Not In God's Name' Confronts Religious Violence With A 'Different Voice'

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks about his new book, Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence.

Sculptor Turns Rain, Ice And Trees Into 'Ephemeral Works'

British artist Andy Goldsworthy's sculptures melt and decay. "It's not about art," he says. "It's just about life, and the need to understand that a lot of things in life do not last."

Planet 'B': How A Feminist Comic Book Found Devoted Fans Through Absurdity

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with writer Kelly Sue DeConnick about her comic, Bitch Planet, about a dystopian future where being "noncompliant" in almost any way can land women on a prison planet.

California's Growing Dunes In 'Gold Fame Citrus' Force Residents To Retreat

Steve Inskeep talks to author Claire Vaye Watkins about her new novel: Gold Fame Citrus. It's set in the American West of the not too distant future that has been completely transformed by drought.

After 10 Years Of Bella And Edward, 'Twilight Reimagined' Brings A Twist

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with author Stephenie Meyer about the appeal of her Twilight books and her new novel, which reassigns the genders of the original characters.

Sandra Cisneros Crosses Borders And Boundaries In 'A House Of My Own'

The author's new memoir collects three decades worth of her journeys in search of a sense of home. "I guess I didn't realize I was gonna be crossing borders my whole life," she says.

For Israeli-Born Chef, Hummus And 'Tehina' Are A Bridge To Home

Chef Michael Solomonov sees his mission as connecting people to the food of his homeland. "That, to me, is my life's work," he says. Solomonov's new cookbook is Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking.

A Mixtape Of Russian History In 'Love And Techno'

Anthony Marra's new book, The Tsar of Love and Techno, is a collection of stories playing out over nearly a century of change in Russia. He tells NPR he wants the book to function like a mixtape.

Grace Jones: 'I'm A Bit Split Personality'

The gender-bending musician and supermodel discusses how her past and her personality inform her new book, I'll Never Write My Memoirs.