Before becoming a best-selling crime novelist, John Sandford was a reporter at the Pioneer Press. He is the author of more than two dozen crime novels, including the Prey series, featuring fictional detective Lucas Davenport. (This piece initially aired July 31, 2009 on Morning Edition.)
Mumbai is one of the world's largest cities, and the setting for a gripping novel about the struggles and tensions that emerge in this rapidly modernizing metropolis. As Tell Me More takes a look at literature from emerging countries, guest host Jacki Lyden speaks with Aravind Adiga about his latest book, Last Man In Tower.
"We've had time to act — and essentially we haven't acted," says science journalist Michael Lemonick. He describes the threats posed by climate change in his new book, Global Weirdness: Severe Storms, Deadly Heat Waves, Relentless Drought, Rising Seas, and the Weather of the Future.
Cinda Johnson is an expert in youth disabilities and emotional disorders. But she never suspected her teen daughter Linea would have bipolar disorder. Linea's life took a downturn when she began feeling depressed and even suicidal. Linea and Cinda chronicle their story in the new memoir Perfect Chaos. They speak with guest host Jacki Lyden.
When author Vaddey Ratner was just a child, the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia and destroyed her aristocratic family. Her new novel, In the Shadow of the Banyan, draws on her terrible experiences — and the poetry and stories from her father that helped her survive.
In Peter Heller's debut novel, The Dog Stars, a man named Hig survives a superflu that kills most of humanity. Heller, a travel and adventure writer, says that when his novel took a post-apocalyptic turn, he found himself relying on his real-life scrapes and survival skills.
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