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Geraldine Brooks: "The Secret Chord"

A new novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "March" reinterprets the life of King David as he journeys from humble origins to become the slayer of Goliath and the ruler of a kingdom.


Punk Icon Patti Smith Releases Second Memoir, 'M Train'

Singer Patti Smith's latest book is a poetic, free-flowing memoir. In 2010, her memoir Just Kids — about her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe — won a National Book Award.

From Solitary To Stardom On The Court: What It Means To Be 'Tuff'

Before his success in the NBA, Caron Butler overcame a rocky youth in the inner city. Drugs and violence nearly derailed him — but, as he writes in a new memoir, he managed a dramatic turnaround.

New Take On Old Tale: Novelist Retells King David's Story

Geraldine Brooks is a Pulitzer Prize winning historical novelist. Her latest book "The Secret Chord," tells the story of King David. NPR's Rachel Martin spoke to her about her conception of the flawed king.

Where There's A Will: Shakespeare Remixed In 'The Gap Of Time'

You've heard of cover songs — now, a group of authors are writing cover plays, retelling the works of Shakespeare in their own words. Jeanette Winterson leads off, reimagining The Winter's Tale.

What Would Julia Child Do? Jacques Pépin Says: Add More Butter

In a conversation with NPR's Scott Simon, Jacques Pépin reflects on his extraordinary 60-year career, his dear friend Julia Child and how not to let good cheese leftovers go to waste.

A Hidden — But Quietly Influential — Life In 'Rosemary'

Rosemary was the lost Kennedy daughter; disabled from birth, she was left profoundly damaged after a lobotomy at the age of 23. But she had a lasting influence on her family's charitable projects.

Swordswoman, Opera Singer, Runaway: 'Goddess' Chronicles A Fabled Life

Author Kelly Gardiner's new novel is a fictionalized version of the life of Julie d'Aubigny, a swashbuckling 17th-century fencer-turned-opera singer whose exploits often seem stranger than fiction.

The Great Bluff That Led To A 'Magical' Pill And A Sexual Revolution

In the '50s, four people collaborated to create a pill that would allow women to enjoy sex. Jonathan Eig details the history in The Birth of the Pill. Originally broadcast Oct. 7, 2014.

Baltimore Author Discusses 'Living (And Dying) While Black'

Author D. Watkins says that crack destroyed his East Baltimore neighborhood, and he explains how the real day-to-day of selling drugs is nothing like the movies. His new book is The Beast Side.