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Words Of Wisdom From Young Adult Authors: John Corey Whaley

John Corey Whaley is the author of the YA novels Noggin and Highly Illogical Behavior. For our series "Next Chapter," he tells us about how he struggled with feeling isolated at college.

It's Electric: Novel Re-Creates Charged Rivalry Between Edison And Westinghouse

In the 1880s, Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse battled over control of America's nascent electrical system. Graham Moore tells their story in The Last Days of Night.

From Gladiator Duels To Caesar's Last Words: The Myths Of Ancient Rome

Historian Mary Beard says many of our popular notions about the empire are based on culture rather than fact. Her new book is called SPQR. Originally broadcast Nov. 30, 2015.

L Is For Learning: A New Book On Proven Approaches And How Teachers Can Use Them

We talk with the author of The ABCs of How We Learn. It's based on a popular Stanford course.

Jacqueline Woodson's New Novel For Adults Has Its Roots In Adolescence

Best known for her kids' and young adult books, Woodson has written her first adult novel in 20 years. Another Brooklyn is a dreamlike narrative about friendship, memory and dealing with death.

3 Steps To Faking Your Own Death From The Author Of 'Playing Dead'

Elizabeth Greenwood has spent a lot of time researching the death fraud industry. She says the hardest step for many aspiring fraudsters would be cutting all ties with friends and family.

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.