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There's Never A Dull Moment On This Trans-Siberian Adventure 
  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 04:23:00 -0400 
    Morning Edition's David Greene has taken this 6,000-mile ride twice. He shares his experience in the cramped third-class cars — borscht and all — in his new book, Midnight in Siberia.


Many Views Of Muhammad, As A Man And As A Prophet 
  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:01:00 -0400 
    In her new book The Lives of Muhammad, Boston University professor Kecia Ali discusses the different ways that Muslim and non-Muslim biographers have depicted the prophet over the centuries.


Understanding Society Through 3 American Classics 
  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:43:00 -0400 
    NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Azar Nafisi about her new book, The Republic of Imagination, a reflection on America through three of its most memorable books.


Chef Ottolenghi Makes The Case For 'Plenty More' Vegetables 
  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:43:00 -0400 
    Israeli chef Yotam Ottolenghi talks with Rachel Martin about the difference between supermarket hummus and Middle Eastern hummus and why he doesn't like to call his cookbooks "vegetarian."


A Funny Philosopher Tackles A Tough Query: 'Does Santa Exist?' 
  Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:07:00 -0400 
    Eric Kaplan's son had a zoo trip canceled because one mom worried about reindeer-induced questions. So Kaplan, a comedy writer and philosophy grad student, started pondering the puzzle of St. Nick.


424 Steps To Happiness: A Father's Journey Beyond 'The Fall' 
  Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:33:00 -0400 
    A son with cerebral palsy inspires a new way to think about imperfection, exaltation and love in a new memoir by Brazilian novelist and screenwriter Diogo Mainardi.


Back Across The Wall: Questions For Garth Nix 
  Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    Author Garth Nix returns to the world of the Old Kingdom with Clariel, the story of a young woman of great magical power who, denied the freedom to live as she wants, chooses a dangerous path.


Astronaut Chris Hadfield Brings Lessons From Space Down To Earth 
  Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:48:56 -0400 
    The former International Space Station commander achieved Internet stardom with his in-space rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." His new book is An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.


The Jacket Designer's Challenge: To Capture A Book By Its Cover 
  Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:25:00 -0400 
    Peter Mendelsund has designed hundreds of book covers, including two new ones of his own: Cover and What We See When We Read. He talks about his process and why "dead authors get the best" covers.


Journalist Talks Confidential Sources, Getting Subpoenaed And His New Book 
  Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:28:00 -0400 
    James Risen could face prison for refusing to reveal his source for a story about a botched CIA operation intended to sabotage Iran's nuclear weapons program. His new book is Pay Any Price.


In This 'Alphabet,' 'O' Is For Helpful Owl And 'C' Is For Escapist Cup 
  Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:13:53 -0400 
    From a cup who dreams of a window seat to a problem-solving owl, Oliver Jeffers' new picture book, Once Upon an Alphabet, gives each letter its own story.


What's It Like To Be Neil Patrick Harris? He Gives You Options 
  Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:03:00 -0400 
    The actor says he's been able to do a lot of different things in his life, including his role as Doogie Howser. So when he sat down to write a memoir, he made it a "Choose Your Own Adventure."


'As You Wish': Take A Peek At The Making Of 'The Princess Bride' 
  Sun, 12 Oct 2014 16:54:00 -0400 
    Actor Cary Elwes, best known for his dashing performance as the heroic farm boy Westley in The Princess Bride, has a new book out, full of memories from the cast of the cult classic.


Book Offers A Get-Wit-Quick Workout 
  Sun, 12 Oct 2014 07:22:00 -0400 
    NPR's Ari Shapiro gets schooled in the art of being interesting by Benjamin Errett, the author of the new book, Elements of Wit.


Neil Young Writes Of His Love Affair With Cars 
  Sun, 12 Oct 2014 07:22:00 -0400 
    Neil Young loves his cars so much he wrote a second memoir, Special Deluxe, devoted to them. He speaks with NPR's Ari Shapiro about music, the environment and, of course, automobiles.
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