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If Jimmy Fallon Gets His Way, 'Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada'

The Tonight Show host's new children's book was inspired by his daughters. He tells NPR about his efforts to trick his first daughter into saying "dada" and his family's struggle to conceive.

This 'Book Of Numbers' Speaks A Human Language

Writer Joshua Cohen says his new novel (about a journalist and a tech mogul both also named Joshua Cohen) aims to reclaim the Internet. "It's made of our humanity," he tells NPR's Robert Siegel.

In Debut Novel, Air Force Officer Questions How We Honor Our Veterans

Jesse Goolsby, author of I'd Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them, says it's not only a question of appreciation. "We just want a conversation about what our country asks of us," Goolsby says.

As 'Orange' Season 3 Begins, We Still Don't Know Why Poussey's In Prison

Samira Wiley has spent most of her career onstage and is used to filling in blanks about her characters. But she's reluctant to do so for her role on the hit Netflix series Orange Is the New Black.

Dante Guides A Husband Through Grief 'In A Dark Wood'

Joseph Luzzi used Dante's epic poem "The Divine Comedy" to get him through the grief of his wife's sudden death. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Luzzi.

Deep Connections Link The Stories In 'Louisa Meets Bear'

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Lisa Gornick about her new collection of short stories, Louisa Meets Bear. The stories chart the way small decisions can ripple through seemingly unconnected lives.

'Balm' Looks At Civil War After The Battles, Outside The South

In her new novel, Dolen Perkins-Valdez wanted to look beyond the traditional frame for Civil War stories. Her book is set in Chicago and opens as the nation is struggling to heal.

A New Judy Blume Novel For Adults Is Always An 'Event'

In the Unlikely Event is beloved YA author Judy Blume's first novel for adults in 17 years — it's centered on a series of plane crashes that really happened in her home town in the early 1950s.

Biker Bars And Holy Rollers Smolder In 'Freedom's Child'

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Jax Miller about her debut thriller, Freedom's Child. Miller found inspiration for the title character in her own battle with drug addiction.

Pregnant Women With Depression Face Tough Choices, No Easy Answers

Andrew Solomon, the author of The Noonday Demon, discusses the challenges of pregnancy for women who are depressed. The long-term effects of antidepressants taken during pregnancy are unclear.