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Staff Favorite: An Interview With Poet Stephen Dunn

Weekend Edition is picking its favorite interviews of 2014. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to editor Barrie Hardymon about her selection — an interview with poet Stephen Dunn.

At 86, Poet Donald Hall Writes On, But Leaves Verse Behind

The former U.S. poet laureate says he can't write poetry any more, but still has some prose in him. In a new book, Essays After Eighty, he considers his art, his beard and his experience growing old.

Journalist Documents The Many 'Trials Of Oscar Pistorius'

Oscar Pistorius stunned the world when he ran on prosthetic legs in the 2012 Olympics, then shot his girlfriend dead months later. NPR's Scott Simon asks John Carlin about his new book on the athlete.

First-Generation 'Boston Girl' Becomes Career Woman In Diamant's Latest

Anita Diamant — who also authored The Red Tent — tells the story of Addie Baum in her latest novel. Baum is a Jewish girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents in Boston's North End.

After The California Downpour, 'The Drought' Offers Some Dry Reading

It rained in California this week. That might not sound like news, but the state is experiencing a record-setting drought. Jason Heller turns to science fiction to reflect on the strange weather.

Ayn Rand's Novel 'Ideal' To Be Published Next Year

Rand wrote Ideal as a novel in 1934, but didn't like it and set it aside. Later, she reworked it as a play. The New American Library says Ideal will be published in the form in which Rand intended it.

Set In Appalachia, This Rewarding Story Collection Is 'Rich And Strange'

Ron Rash's best short stories from the past 20 years take you to a land apart psychologically and geographically. His writing is powerful, stripped down and very still.

The 2014 Book Concierge Is Here To Help You Find Your Next Great Read

NPR's Lynn Neary and Petra Mayer introduce an interactive guide to the books NPR staff and critics loved this year.

Book Review: 'A Map Of Betrayal'

Alan Cheuse reviews "A Map of Betrayal" by Ha Jin.

How Girls Are Developing Earlier In An Age Of 'New Puberty'

Two doctors wrote a book that probes the environmental, biological and socioeconomic factors contributing to early puberty. These girls face risks like anxiety and depression, one author says.