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Life With A Comedian Isn't Always Funny

Kelly Carlin, George Carlin's daughter, released a new memoir called A Carlin Home Companion, about growing up as the only daughter of one of the greatest comedians of all time.

Persons Real And Fictional Puzzle Over Ronald Reagan In 'Finale'

NPR's Linda Wertheimer interviews Thomas Mallon about his new work of historical fiction. No crowns or bodices here: The book is called Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years.

Finding Love And Self-Acceptance 'Under the Udala Trees'

Chinelo Okparanta's new novel follows a Nigerian girl as she grows up during a violent civil war and struggles to come to terms with her sexuality.

Don't Call Her 'Doll': How Mary McGrory Became 'The First Queen Of Journalism'

The columnist could write like an angel — and bite like an asp. In a new biography, John Norris recounts McGrory's first big break and the proposition she received from a Democratic president.

Lutheran Minister Preaches A Gospel Of Love To Junkies, Drag Queens And Outsiders

Nadia Bolz-Weber was a standup comic who opened up a church for people who didn't belong. "My job is to ... remind people that they're absolutely loved," she says. Her new memoir is Accidental Saints.

GM To Settle Criminal Case Involving Deadly Ignition Switches

GM and federal prosecutors are expected announce a $900 million settlement in the mishandling of an ignition-switch defect. It led to more than 100 deaths and recalls of millions of GM vehicles.

Author Discusses Francis, A Pope Seeking To Change 'The Tone Of The Church'

On the eve of the Pope's first visit to the U.S., journalist Paul Vallely discuses the reforms Francis is making within the Church as well as the teachings that the pope is unlikely to change.
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Stephen Breyer: "The Court And The World: American Law And The New Global Realities"

A conversation with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer: his reflections on recent decisions and why he believes the U.S. Supreme Court needs to be more global in its perspective.


The Dark Side Of Funny: Growing Up In George Carlin's Shadow

In A Carlin Home Companion, Kelly Carlin reflects on life with her famous comedian (and drug addicted) father. "This book has always felt like unfinished business," she says.

Mary Karr On Writing Memoirs: 'No Doubt I've Gotten A Million Things Wrong'

Karr discusses the faults of memory, the challenges of writing about loved ones and the pain of deleting 1,200 pages because "there was something untrue about them." Her new book is The Art of Memoir.