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Fearing Her Mind's Decline, Patricia Marx Scrambles To Get 'Less Stupid'

The first woman to write for The Harvard Lampoon, now a New Yorker staffer, Marx still felt like she was getting forgetful with age. So, she put her head to work, doing every brain game she could.

Winning Is For Losers: The Great Stories Of The Guys Who Finish Last

Author Max Leonard says that, when it comes to the Tour de France, the riders in the back often have far more interesting stories than the riders in the front. His new book is called Lanterne Rouge.

In 'New World,' Former British Poet Laureate Returns To 'Treasure Island'

Andrew Motion's new book was inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island. NPR's Wade Goodwyn speaks with Motion about his novel The New World.

How Harper Lee Went From Wannabe Writer To The Jane Austen Of Alabama

Lee once said she wanted to be the chronicler of "small-town, middle-class Southern life." Even without her highly anticipated second novel, Go Set a Watchman, many fans would say she succeeded.

Harper Lee's 'Go Set A Watchman' Surprises In 1st Chapter

The first chapter of Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman was published Friday in the Wall Street Journal and the Guardian newspaper, in advance of the book's release next week. NPR shares a reading from the opening of the book that features familiar characters and a new one.

New York Times, Ted Cruz In Row Over 'Best-Selling' Book

A Time for Truth by the Republican senator and presidential candidate sold enough to hit No. 2 on the newspaper's list. But the sales figures have come in for scrutiny.

In Harper Lee's Return, First Chapter Swings From Homecoming To Heartbreak

The opening chapter of Go Set A Watchman, Lee's first novel in 55 years, is out. Reactions ran from joy to shock — as readers coped with a plot twist and lingering doubts on the timing of its release.

The Man Behind Wonder Woman Was Inspired By Both Suffragists And Centerfolds

Wonder Woman's creator had a few secrets of his own. Historian Jill Lepore describes William Moulton Marstothe's unusual life in The Secret History of Wonder Woman. Originally broadcast Oct. 27, 2014.
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Free Book Vending Machines Set Up In Southeast D.C.

From The Kojo Nnamdi Show blog: Jet Blue Airways is launching a pilot program in Southeast D.C. that aims to get books into homes. The program will stock three vending machines throughout the area with free books for kids.


Ta-Nehisi Coates Looks At The Physical Toll Of Being Black In America

Coates writes about race and social issues for The Atlantic. His new book, Between the World and Me, brings to bear his fear that his life and the lives of his loved ones might end unnaturally.