Books

RSS Feed
WAMU 88.5

Therese Anne Fowler: "Z: A Novel Of Zelda Fitzgerald"

Author Therese Anne Fowler talks about her fictional take on Zelda Fitzgerald -- the woman, muse and icon who continues to fascinate.

NPR

'Guns At Last Light' Illuminates Final Months Of World War II

Historian Rick Atkinson's new book completes his trilogy on the second world war. He tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that the events of the war may be 70 years in the past, but they're still very much a part of American culture.
NPR

In Somalia, Surviving A Kidnapping Against 'Impossible Odds'

In October 2011, Jessica Buchanan, an aid worker in Somalia, was kidnapped by land pirates. For 93 days she fought off despair while her husband, Erik Landemalm, wondered if he'd ever see her again. In a two-part interview, Buchanan and Landemalm recall Buchanan's capture and dramatic rescue.
NPR

In 'Passage,' Caro Mines LBJ's Changing Political Roles

The fourth volume in Robert Caro's monumental biography of Lyndon Johnson is The Passage of Power; it explores the period between 1958 and 1964 during which Johnson went from powerful Senate majority leader to powerless vice president to — suddenly — president of the United States.
WAMU 88.5

David Robertson: "Brick By Brick: How LEGO Rewrote The Rules Of Innovation And Conquered The Global Toy Industry"

Despite a cult-like devotion to LEGO, the toy brand faced near bankruptcy just a decade ago. How LEGO pulled off one of the most successful business transformations in recent memory.

NPR

Book News: Mich. School System Won't Ban Anne Frank's 'Pornographic' Diary

Also: Behind the Beautiful Forevers will be adapted for the stage; Lionel Shriver attacks the media focus on weight; the best books coming out this week.
NPR

Why You Should Give A $*%! About Words That Offend

Curse words change over time — back in the ninth century you could say the "s" word and no one would be offended. But we always need a set of words that are off-limits, and in her new book, author Melissa Mohr explains how the words that shock us reveal a lot about society's values.
NPR

'Impossible Odds' Details Aid Worker's Rescue From Somalia

David Greene speaks with Jessica Buchanan and her husband Erik Landemalm about their book Impossible Odds. It's the story of Jessica's abduction, along with a fellow aid worker, by Somali pirates in 2011. In the first of the two-part interview, we hear how Jessica was abducted, and how she refused to fall into despair while in captivity.
NPR

After Leaving Senate, Snowe Is Still 'Fighting For Common Ground'

In a new book, former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe explores how to fix the gridlock in Congress. Earlier this year, the Republican from Maine left the Senate out of frustration with the partisan stalemate. "It has to change, for the country," she says. "People deserve ... better representation."

Pages