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Tracing The Roots Of 'The Brothers' And The Boston Marathon Bombing

As jurors deliberate whether to convict Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Masha Gessen says there are still some "gaping holes" in the case. Her new book is The Brothers.

Busy Chef Strives For Balanced Mix Of Home Life, Culinary Ambitions

Restaurant owner and Top Chef finalist Bryan Voltaggio tries to find the right recipe for blending work, family duties and the pressures of being on the road.

Book Review: Jo Nesbo, 'Blood On Snow'

NPR's Alan Cheuse reviews the new novel by crime writer Jo Nesbo, Blood On Snow.

Philip Glass On Legacy: 'The Future ... It's All Around Us'

For the composer, life is how the past and the future connect. Glass' new memoir, Words Without Music, looks back on his childhood, travels through Asia and when his music provoked violence.

Explosive Protests: U.S. Bombings During 'Days Of Rage'

In the '70s, bombings by American protesters were regular occurrences. Bryan Burrough's new book tracks down the underground radicals behind such attacks — which he calls "exploding press releases."

Making Sense Of Murder In 'Visiting Hours'

In college, Amy Butcher found herself on the periphery of a murder. The incident haunted her for years. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Butcher about her debut memoir, Visiting Hours.

Brattling After The Pacifire: 'That Should Be A Word'

Kinnovator, Fidgital, Bangst. This isn't gibberish. It's the language of Lizzie Skurnick. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Skurnick about her new book, That Should Be a Word.

Candace Bergen On Marriage, Death And Murphy Brown's Demons

In her latest memoir, Candice Bergen writes about coping with her husband's death. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Bergen about how that experience changed her relationship with her daughter.

Florida Teen, War Criminal: The Life Of An 'American Warlord'

Johnny Dwyer's new book explores the life of Chuckie Taylor: the son of Liberia's former president, a leader in the Liberian Civil War and the only American ever convicted of torture committed abroad.

'So That Happened:' Confessions Of A Duck-Man

Actor Jon Cryer's new memoir details his life in show business, including, of course, co-star Charlie Sheen's meltdown. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Cryer's a smart guy who's often been overlooked.