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A Chinese-American Family Faces Financial Ruin In 'The Wangs Vs. The World'

Steve Inskeep talks with writer Jade Chang about her comic novel "The Wangs vs. The World." It's the story of a Chinese-American family that comes together following the 2008 financial crisis.

Why It Took 'Forrest Gump' Author Nearly 20 Years To Write A New Novel

After Forrest Gump became a best-seller, Winston Groom says he ran out of good ideas for novels — until now. His new book, El Paso, is set during the Mexican Revolution.

For Literary World, Unmasking Elena Ferrante's Not A Scoop. It's A Disgrace

An investigative journalist claims to have uncovered the true identity of a famously private novelist. Writers and readers alike have rejected the claims as an egregious, unnecessary intrusion.

A Tight, Intense Drama Unfurls Within The Confines Of A Sick Room In 'The Wonder'

Emma Donoghue's latest novel focuses on an 11-year-old girl who refuses to eat, and the nurse who is responsible for her care. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Wonder is aptly named.

Lutheran Minister Preaches A Gospel Of Love To Junkies, Drag Queens And Outsiders

Nadia Bolz-Weber was a standup comic who opened up a church with a mission to "remind people that they're absolutely loved." Her memoir is Accidental Saints. Originally published Sept. 17, 2015.
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Using Design Theory To Build A Better Life

Two Stanford University professors on how to use design theory to answer questions about work, life and happiness.


No, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Does Not Intend To Retire Anytime Soon

"I will retire when it's time," the 83-year-old Supreme Court justice said in an interview with NPR. She also shares wedding advice from her mother-in-law and reads a letter from her late husband.

Overwhelmed Mom Seeks 'A Basic Amount Of Dignity' In 'Today Will Be Different'

Today, Eleanor Flood will only wear yoga clothes for yoga — which today she will actually attend. Novelist Maria Semple says her frazzled heroine "has decided ... to set the bar very low for herself."

No, 'You Can't Touch My Hair' And Other Lessons From Comic Phoebe Robinson

In her new book, the stand-up comic and podcast host writes about what it's like to be black and female in America. "Black hair seems to raise a lot of nonblack people's blood pressure," she writes.

Rose Tremain On Her New Novel, 'The Gustav Sonata'

Gustav Perle is a young boy growing up in Switzerland after World War II. And the defining factor in his life is that his mother does not love him. The Gustav Sonata is Rose Tremain's 13th novel.