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Thinking Of Leaving Home? Here's A Bit Of Advice From Young Adult Authors

Starting that next chapter can be difficult in any young person's life. And YA writers know it well. Sandra Cisneros, Jacqueline Woodson, Tamora Pierce and Jason Reynolds offer some words of wisdom.

'NeuroTribes' Examines The History — And Myths — Of The Autism Spectrum

Steve Silberman talks about how Nazi extermination plans and a discredited scientific paper about childhood vaccines shaped our current understanding of autism. Originally broadcast Sept. 2, 2015.

Ann Patchett Calls 'Commonwealth' Her 'Autobiographical First Novel'

Commonwealth is actually Patchett's seventh novel, but it draws heavily on her own family experience, and she compares it to the classic thinly-veiled autobiography often written by young authors.

How NYC's First Puerto Rican Librarian Brought Spanish To The Shelves

When Pura Belpré became a librarian in 1921, she couldn't find Spanish language books for kids — so she wrote them herself. Belpré would go on to become a champion of bilingual library programs.

Jonathan Safran Foer's 'Here I Am' Is Both Dazzling And Draining

A failing marriage and a catastrophic earthquake take center stage in Safran Foer's new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Here I Am a profound work about the claims of history, identity and family.
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Jonathan Safran Foer On His Latest Novel: "Here I Am"

The award-winning author of "Everything Is Illuminated" and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is out with a new novel. Jonathan Safran Foer writes about a fictional Washington, D.C. family forced to confront its identity and the meaning of home after a catastrophic earthquake.


Anna Dewdney, Author Of Beloved 'Llama Llama' Children's Books, Dies

Anna Dewdney, author of a popular series of children's books that included Llama Llama Red Pajama and Llama Llama Mad at Mama died this week at age 50. She was beloved for her writing as well as her illustrations.

'The Story Of A Brief Marriage' Provides Intimate Look At Sri Lanka's Civil War

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Anuk Arudpragasam about his debut novel, The Story Of A Brief Marriage, which takes place over the course of a single day at a displaced persons camp during Sri Lanka's civil war.

'Sad And Absurd': The U.S.S.R.'s Disastrous Effort To Create A Jewish Homeland

Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen discusses the Soviet effort, in 1929, to create an autonomous Jewish state in the country's far eastern region. Gessen is the author of Where The Jews Aren't.

'Here I Am' Balances Domestic Strife And Global Crisis

Jonathan Safran Foer is back with a mammoth new novel that explores the dissolution of a marriage, and larger questions: What kind of lives are we living, and how do we respond to the world around us?