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Helen Fielding On Bridget Jones: Still Looking Good At 51

Bridget Jones is 51 now, a widow, and a newly-minted Twitter addict. Creator Helen Fielding tells NPR's Rachel Martin that she brought Bridget back because she wanted to write about a situation many people find themselves in: single again, getting older and dealing with a completely different dating landscape.

Bridget In Middle Age: We're Not So 'Mad About' This Girl

Bridget Jones, as you may have heard, is back: 51, widowed and juggling two small children and a much younger boy toy. Reviewer Meg Wolitzer says that while she doesn't mind the subtraction of hunky Mark Darcy, she misses the messy but honest charm of the younger Bridget.

'The Book of Jezebel': An Honest Look At 'Lady Things'

Anna Holmes didn't see much reality in beauty magazines, so she started the website Jezebel — a women's mag "without the airbrushing." Now, she's the editor of an illustrated encyclopedia that takes a look at the world according to women.

Shedding Stereotypes, More Librarians Show Us Their Tats

Maybe it's their love of ink. Whatever the reason, there seem to be quite a few librarians who have tattoos. And there's a bit of a trend: Sell calendars of librarians who are baring their body art to raise money for their institutions.

What's Really Priceless? Art, Money And Fate In Tartt's 'Goldfinch'

Donna Tartt's new novel The Goldfinch follows a motherless boy and a priceless painting in the aftermath of a terror attack. It's only her third novel in 21 years. Tartt tells NPR's Scott Simon that she started thinking about art, money and fate after stumbling across an art exhibition in a Las Vegas casino.

The Birth Of Bird: Young Charlie Parker Found Focus, Faith In Music

The jazz legend practiced his saxophone 10 to 15 hours a day before he got his big break, and while he wasn't the most reliable husband, when it came to music, he never wavered. Scholar Stanley Crouch's Kansas City Lightning is the first of a two-volume biography of Parker.
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Next Generation E-Books

While the vast majority of e-books still consist of basic text delivered to a device, the next generation of digital books feature interactivity and multimedia content. We explore what's next in the field of "enhanced e-books."


Scratch 'N' Sniff Your Way To Wine Expertise ... Or At Least More Fun

Wine is a grocery, not a luxury. That's the premise behind a fun, new wine guide filled with charming illustrations and scratch 'n' sniffs. But don't let the playfulness fool you. There's some serious science in the book, which covers the full gamut of tasting with humor and a refreshing simplicity.

'Let's Explore': David Sedaris On His Public Private Life

The best-selling author and humorist has kept journals for 36 years. Those diaries have been the jumping-off point for the personal essays that appear in his collections, including Me Talk Pretty One Day and Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls. (Originally broadcast on April 24, 2013.)

Greenspan: 'I Probably Could Have Caught' Economic Crises

Alan Greenspan was often celebrated during his long chairmanship of the Federal Reserve. But Greenspan's policies have been blamed by some for the Great Recession. In an interview with NPR about his new book, The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature, and the Future of Forecasting, Greenspan discusses difficulties in predicting economic calamity.