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Rachel Louise Snyder: "What We've Lost Is Nothing"

A string of burglaries in a racially diverse neighborhood exposes hidden racial tensions in a new novel by Rachel Louise Snyder.


The Portrait Of A People In Putin's Russia

Gregory Feifer's book, Russians, draws on hundreds of conversations to paint a portrait of today's Russian people. He discusses his family's past and Putin's popular reign.

Author James Patterson To Give $1 Million To Bookstores

On Thursday, he announced the names of more than 55 booksellers who are getting some of that money — up to $15,000 each. He tells Renee Montagne about why he's driven to help independent bookstores.

Santa Cruz Bookstore To Receive Funds From Patterson

One of the bookstores receiving money from author James Patterson is Bookshop Santa Cruz in California. Casey Coonerty is the owner.

What It Was Like To Be A Wall Street Recruit After The Bailouts

A reporter shadowed eight young people during their first two years on Wall Street, when the bailouts were still fresh and anti-Wall Street sentiments were running high.

Deadpan Debut Novel Asks 'Why Are You So Sad?'

Critic Alex Gilvarry calls Jason Porter's first book "a humorous insight into the human condition."

Book Review: 'Mad As Hell'

NPR commentator Ted Koppel reviews Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angiest Man in Movies, by Dave Itzkoff.

One Man's Quest To Find The 'Sonic Wonders Of The World'

Acoustic engineer Trevor Cox has traveled around the globe to hear whispering arches and singing sand dunes. Closer to home, he can also explain why your singing sounds better in the shower.

Is Tyson Foods' Chicken Empire A 'Meat Racket'?

A new book argues that Tyson's system treats farmers like "modern-day sharecroppers." Author Christopher Leonard looks at Tyson's inner workings and the not-so-independent farmers who raise the birds.

Classical Music Piece Enhances Roald Dahl's 'Dirty Beasts'

On Sunday, the London Philharmonic debuted a new piece of music based on Roald Dahl's Dirty Beasts. With Matilda playing to sold-out crowds on Broadway and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory running in London's West End, this is just the latest work by the author to get a musical soundtrack.