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"Seriously Not All Right" by Ron Capps

Army veteran and former Foreign Service officer Ron Capps spent a decade chronicling atrocities in five war zones. We talk to Capps about his experience, the Veterans Writing Project he has founded to help others and the importance of reading writings about war.


A Reclusive Novelist Reckons With His Legacy '& Sons'

David Gilbert tells the story of a famous, aging writer whose children do not feel as warmly toward him as his readers do. Originally broadcast July 23, 2013.

In 'Fever,' Town's Teen Tic Epidemic Gets A Chilling Novelization

Megan Abbott was riveted by stories of a bizarre illness that seemed to consume the town of Le Roy, N.Y., in 2012. Her new book uses pieces of that true story to explore the mysteries of adolescence.

Writer Reflects On Aircraft Carrier's Mission To The Persian Gulf

Geoff Dyer spent two weeks aboard the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush for his book Another Great Day at Sea. He talks with Fresh Air about his book, and the carrier's latest position for possible air strikes.

From 'The Magic Tree House,' Kids Branch Out To Chapter Books

The series uses simple language and fanciful adventures to introduce kids to literature, history and science. Author Mary Pope Osborne has visited some 1,800 schools, giving away her books to kids.

Joshua Ferris Takes On Atheism In 'To Rise Again'

In Joshua Ferris' third novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, the protagonist is a dentist wrestling with his atheism. Ferris says his character, like all dentists, is "chronically misunderstood."

Sherr's Book Reveals Details Of Astronaut Sally Ride's Personal Life

Linda Wertheimer talks to journalist Lynn Sherr about her friendship with the late Sally Ride. Sherr has written a book, Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space.

Painful Path To Fatherhood Inspires Poet's New Collection

Douglas Kearney tells NPR's Rachel Martin about the anguish of miscarriages and the tough decisions presented by in vitro fertilization — experiences that inspired his latest book, Patter.

A Media Critique In 'The Last Magazine'

When Michael Hastings died, he was known as a reporter. The Last Magazine, just published posthumously, proves him a novelist as well. NPR's Rachel Martin discusses it with his widow, Elise Jordan.

'Brutal Youth': Three High Schoolers Fight To Survive Bullying

Entertainment Weekly reporter Anthony Breznican calls his debut novel a mix between Fight Club and The Breakfast Club.