Pam Houston's new novel "Contents May Have Shifted" reads like a travelogue, with its central character searching for understanding across the globe. It's worth traveling along with according to reviewer Alan Cheuse, a writing professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
For some people, Feb. 14 is not all hearts and candy. Without a sweetheart, the holiday can be dreary. For those not in love this year, author Alex Gilvarry prescribes three books that will cure the worst of those Valentine's Day blues.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was subject to the kind of vitriol we often see directed at Barack Obama today. But some of FDR's opponents didn't stop at talk: a new book details a starting plot to overthrow FDR and replace him with a fascist military government.
After American Pamela Druckerman had a daughter in France, she uncovered a surprising aspect of French life. Wherever she looked, the French seemed to be employing a certain je ne sais quoi, making their kids behave better than American children. Host Rachel Martin talks with Druckerman, whose new book is called Bringing Up BeBe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting.
In her new novel, The Wolf Gift, author Anne Rice creates a new cosmology for an old monster, the werewolf. We're not all that different from the beast, she says. "You're writing about a vampire or you're writing about a werewolf," she says, "but you're really just writing about human beings."
In his new book, Kwasi Kwarteng picks six territories that were once part of the British Empire and explores how decisions made by colonial administrators still influence the countries' political and economic life.
If Dave Isay has learned one thing from editing his new book of StoryCorps conversations it's this: "No one should ever, ever give up hope on love," he says. "It seems like it's not in the cards for people, and then it just sneaks up behind you."
In his book The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards, New York Times science writer and long-time yoga practitioner William Broad investigates popular health claims about yoga--that it boosts metabolism, for example--and finds that scientific studies tell a different story.
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