From Tony Soprano to Don Draper, male characters drive this new — and yet old — form of storytelling. Weekend Edition Sunday host Linda Wertheimer talks with Brett Martin, author of Difficult Men: Behind the scenes of the Creative Revolution from The Sopranos and the Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad.
Pre-publication orders for Paula Deen's New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up,had made it No. 1 on Amazon. But the controversy over her past use of racially offensive language has led many of her sponsors and TV broadcasters to cut their ties. Now, that cookbook is being shelved.
Susan Choi departs from research-heavy books to write about people and relationships — and winds up writing about love and sex. My Education looks at a graduate student who doesn't learn what she anticipated.
Kevin West, author and blogger, takes NPR's Lynn Neary to a farmers market to choose the summer's best produce for canning. "You take this experience ... and you put it in the jar. And six months from now we will re-experience that moment," West says.
The author admits he was once weary of e-book publishing, but when he found himself writing a novella — too short for a book, too long for a magazine — he decided to test it out. He says he's happy with the experience, both economically and artistically.
Carole King wrote songs for others before becoming a performer and writing for herself. In her memoir, A Natural Woman, she details the stories behind some of her most famous songs and her relationships with songwriters like James Taylor, Gerry Goffin and Paul Simon.
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