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Drone Strike That Killed Awlaki 'Did Not Silence Him,' Journalist Says

In Operation Troy, author Scott Shane details the life, death and influence of Anwar al-Awlaki. "His status as a martyr has given his message even greater authority," Shane says of the propagandist.
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Thomas Mallon: "Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years"

In his new novel, writer Thomas Mallon turns his attention to the ideologies, blunders and glamour of the Reagan years.


Law Beyond Our Borders: Justice Breyer Is On A Mission

In his new book, Stephen Breyer details cases involving the interdependence of law in the U.S. and other countries. No branch of government can avoid dealing with global issues any more, he said.

Joyce Carol Oates' Memoir Revisits The Farm And The Family That Shaped Her

Oates grew up on a farm in upstate New York. In The Lost Landscape, she describes how her parents, her grandmother, and her school experiences made her into the writer she is today.

In 'Gamelife,' A Portrait Of The Writer As A Young Role-Player

Michael W. Clune spent much of his childhood alone — just him and his 8-bit computer. But, as he writes in his new memoir, playing text adventures and role-playing games helped prepare him for life.

A Marriage, Warts And All, Is At The Heart Of 'Fates And Furies'

In Lauren Groff's new book, Fates and Furies, a marriage unfolds over many decades, from the husband's perspective, then the wife's. Groff talks about a marriage under the microscope.

A Philosophical Posse Hunts For The Self In Nathaniel Mackey's Poems

Nathaniel Mackey's book Blue Fasa has been described as metaphysical and mythological. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with poet Douglas Kearney about the lure of Mackey's words.

In New Memoir, Mindy Kaling Has More To Say On Life, Love And Showbiz

Five years after her popular debut book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, the actress, producer and writer is back with more essays — and a reminder that she's not the same Mindy she plays on TV.

From Dive Bars To Gothic Castles: A Career With The Arc Of A Fairy Tale

Patrick DeWitt, a former barback, once saw his hopes for a writing career teeter on a trash can's edge. Now an acclaimed author, he's dissecting folk tales in his newest novel, Undermajordomo Minor.

Spreading A Pontiff's Message In The Digital Age

The Tweetable Pope: A Spiritual Revolution in 140 Characters is a new book that examines the tweets of Pope Francis. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the author, Catholic commentator Michael O'Loughlin.