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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.

Infiltrating 'The Dark Net,' Where Criminals, Trolls And Extremists Reign

Jamie Bartlett exposes an encrypted underworld to the Internet in his book The Dark Net: "Anybody with something to hide, whether it's for good reasons or for ill, finds a very natural home there."
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What’s So Great About Book Clubs, Anyway?

The latest from WAMU 88.5 staffers Tayla Burney, Jonanthan Wilson and Chris Chester, who are participating in the NPR Morning Edition book club project for Kate Atkinson's A God In Ruins.


A Publishing Insider Turns The Page On A Bygone World In 'Muse'

Poet and publisher Jonathan Galassi knows just about everyone in his industry, and a lot of them turn up in his debut novel, Muse. Lynn Neary talks to Galassi about the writing (and publishing) life.

Those Yoga Poses May Not Be Ancient After All, And Maybe That's OK

In her new book, Michelle Goldberg traces the Western practice of yoga to a Russian woman named Indra Devi. Goldberg says that many of the poses in modern yoga can't be traced beyond 150 years ago.

In 'Eating Lab,' A Psychologist Spills Secrets On Why Diets Fail

Diets will rarely lead to significant or sustainable weight loss, Traci Mann argues in a new book. Instead, she suggests trying proven mental strategies for reaching your "leanest, livable weight."