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A Nurse Reflects On The Privilege Of Caring For Dying Patients

Palliative care nurse Theresa Brown provides in-home, end-of-life care to patients. "It's incredible the love that people evoke" at the end of their lives, she says. Brown's new book is The Shift.
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"Above The Waterfall" Novelist Ron Rash On Redemption, Landscape And Rural America

We talk with "Serena" author Ron Rash about his new novel that blends poetry and prose to explore life in rural America and the way the landscape influences our outlook on life.


How Twitter And Cooking Saved Ruth Reichl After 'Gourmet' Folded

Food writer Ruth Reichl has a new cookbook called My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life. It describes how she found her voice after Conde Nast shut down the magazine where she was editor.

Sandstorms, Explosions, Potatoes, Oh My: 'Martian' Takes Its Science Seriously

Programmer Andy Weir had always longed to read science fiction with a greater focus on science. So, he wrote a novel of his own — which has since become a best-seller and, now, a blockbuster film.

After Escaping North Korea, Freedom Is 'Seriously, Deadly Hard'

Yeonmi Park escaped from North Korea at age 13 only to find that freedom was more elusive than she'd imagined. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Park about her new book, In Order to Live.

Forget The Book, Have You Read This Irresistible Story On Blurbs?

Those snippets of praise on book covers have been around for over 150 years (at least). But how do they get there — and why? The answers are more complicated, and compelling, than you might think.

Meet The Man Who Invents Languages For A Living

David J. Peterson has crafted languages for TV shows and films — even a whole language for a single giant, in Game of Thrones. For him, every language is a balance of the technical and the artistic.

'The Golden Compass' Turns 20 (Its Daemon Has Probably Settled)

Philip Pullman's beloved fantasy series traces the adventures of brave young Lyra Belacqua (and her daemon, Pantalaimon), through an alternate universe that occasionally spills over into our own.

What's It Like To Be A Dictator's Kid? 'They're All Marked,' Author Says

In Children of Monsters, Jay Nordlinger looks at the lives of, among others, Romano Mussolini, Saif Al-Islam Gadhafi and one man who claimed to be Hitler's son.

Making The Case For Face To Face In An Era Of Digital Conversation

Author Sherry Turkle is concerned that we are outsourcing too many of our conversations to screens and robots. "Face to face conversation is the most human and humanizing thing that we do," she says.