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"Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder"

"The Black Swan" author Nassim Nicholas Taleb discusses his latest work "Antifragile" and how we can thrive in a world controlled by randomness.

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Bookend: D.C. Romance Novelists Defy Stereotypes

In the latest edition of our monthly literary series, Bookend, we talk with local romance writers about the increasing popularity of their genre.


Is The World 'Getting Somalia Wrong?'

Somalia hasn't had a functioning central government for more than 20 years. But journalist Mary Harper says its image as a failed state is misleading. She argues that, even without a central government, businesses and local politics have found a way to flourish. Host Michel Martin talks with Mary Harper about her new book, Getting Somalia Wrong?

Book Review: 'Zoo Time'

Alan Cheuse reviews Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobsen's latest book, Zoo Time.

Librarian Nancy Pearl's Picks For The Omnivorous Reader

The only thing that these books have in common is that NPR's go-to librarian likes them a lot. Nancy Pearl's self-described "higgledy-piggledy" list includes a book of cartoons, a Civil War history, a coming-of-age story, a spy novel and more.

Mantel Takes Up Betrayal, Beheadings In 'Bodies'

Hilary Mantel is the first woman to win the Man Booker Prize twice, first for her 2009 novel, Wolf Hall, and now for that book's 2012 sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. The novels are part of a historical fiction trilogy about Tudor England and the events surrounding the reign of King Henry VIII.

Jonathan Kozol On Kids That Survive Inner Cities

Jonathan Kozol has chronicled the lives of lower income children for nearly fifty years. In his new book, Fire In The Ashes, Kozol writes about families that he met in the 1980s, and the inspiring — and sometimes tragic — turns their lives have taken. He shares their stories with host Michel Martin.