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Jacqueline Woodson's 'Brooklyn' Is Full Of Dreams And Danger

The National Book Award winner's new novel is based in part on her memories of growing up in Brooklyn in the 1970s. Woodson describes the teen years as an "amazing and urgent moment" in life.
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Jessie Burton: "The Muse"

In the follow-up to her best-selling debut novel "The Miniaturist," Jessie Burton is back with "The Muse," a story that alternates the narratives of two women in separate turbulent decades of 20th century Europe—and how their lives are intertwined through a single mysterious painting.


'Brazillionaires' Tracks An Economic Collapse Through The Eyes Of The Rich

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with author Alex Cuadros about his book, Brazillionaires: Wealth, Power, Decadence, and Hope in an American Country.

Colson Whitehead's 'Underground Railroad' Is A Literal Train To Freedom

As a child, Whitehead was surprised to learn that escaped slaves did not ride an actual subway. His new novel follows Cora, a young slave who has escaped a Georgia plantation and is heading north.


'Imperial Wife' Trains Its Spotlight On Powerful Women, Past And Present

Irina Reyn's new novel focuses on two women in difficult marriages. Though they're centuries apart, both relationships are tied to the strong woman's struggle to fulfill gender expectations.

Words Of Wisdom From Young Adult Authors: Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds writes "slice-of-life stories" for youngsters. For our "Next Chapter" series, he talks about packing up his belongings in trash bags and moving to New York City to become a writer.

New Novel Takes 'The Underground Railroad' Beyond The Metaphor

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Colson Whitehead about his new book, The Underground Railroad, in which slaves ride a a real railroad through time to see racism in different eras.

Wisdom From Young Adult Authors: Tamora Pierce

She's the YA author behind the fantasy series Song of the Lioness and The Immortals. For the Weekend Edition series "Next Chapter," she recalls how college helped her escape small-town poverty.

What Etgar Keret Learned From His Father About Storytelling And Survival

Keret's memoir, The Seven Good Years, spans the time between the birth of his son and the death of his father, who was a Holocaust survivor. Originally broadcast June 16, 2015.

Across Presidential Campaign History, 'Manliness And The Presidency Is A Real Theme'

Steve Inskeep talks with John Dickerson — of CBS's "Face the Nation" — about his new book of presidential campaign history called "Whistlestop."