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Housekeeping Tips From One Mercurial 'Mommy'

She's been known to drink a bottle of Kahlua in the bathtub while ignoring the knocks of her kids outside. She has no shame, and she swears an extremely blue streak. In his new novel, The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days, humorist Ian Frazier spends a year in the life of a temperamental housewife.

How Teachers Can Avoid The October Blues

For many teachers, September brings grand plans for the new school year. October sees those plans fall under the weight of classroom challenges. Teacher Roxanna Elden writes about how young educators can survive and thrive in her book, See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers, and she speaks with guest host Celeste Headlee.

Being 'Joseph Anton,' Rediscovering Salman Rushdie

John Powers reviews the author's memoir of his time in hiding — the result of a fatwah calling for his murder after the publication of The Satanic Verses.

Three-Minute Fiction Round 9 Stories: 'The Interview'

The judging process for Round 9 of Three-Minute Fiction is now under way. NPR's Bob Mondello reads an excerpt from one standout story, The Interview, written by Georgia Mierswa.

From Tea To T-Shirts: The History Of U.S.-China Trade

From pirates to tea to opium, Eric Jay Dolin's new book, When America First Met China, describes the long and complicated history of the trade relationship between the two countries.

How Humans Are Facilitating More Disease 'Spillover'

In Spillover, science writer David Quammen explores the emergence of human diseases. He argues chains of infection are becoming more common. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Quammen about his new book.

Inverting 'King Lear' In 'Goldberg Variations'

Susan Isaacs' latest novel revolves around Gloria Garrison, a 79-year-old CEO with a multimillion-dollar makeover business. Isaacs says her female characters don't need to be likable, but they should "fight for something beyond themselves."