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Good Reads
2:07 am
Tue June 24, 2014

No Joy For Stephen King Fans Who Confuse Book Titles

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 7:10 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And our last word in Business today is a thriller.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Or is it a coming-of-age novel?

INSKEEP: Well actually, it's a case of mistaken identity. "Joyland" is the title of bestseller Stephen King's new book.

MONTAGNE: "Joyland" is also the title of the debut coming-of-age novel by Emily Schultz published back in 2006.

INSKEEP: Aw. Some readers thought they were ordering the newest Stephen King book from Amazon and instead they got confused.

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Good Reads
7:15 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Librarian Nancy Pearl Maps Out A Plan For Your Summer Reading

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Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:28 am

If you like your summer reading to take you beyond the beaten path, librarian Nancy Pearl is here to help. NPR's go-to books guru joins us once again to share "under the radar" reads — books she thinks deserve more attention than they've been getting. Pearl talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about some of the titles she picked out for the summer reading season — several of which will make you reconsider the way you think about maps.

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Surreal
6:15 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Book News: Cache Of Unpublished Pablo Neruda Poems Found In Chile

More than a dozen unpublished poems by Chilean writer Pablo Neruda have been found by researchers. He's seen here in 1971.
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Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 9:12 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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WWII Entertainers
2:51 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Author Lisa See And The 'Chop Suey Circuit'

Credit Lisa See's book "China Dolls."

Marcie Sillman interviews author Lisa See about her book, "China Dolls." It is a fictional account of Asian-American entertainers in the late 1930s through WWII that were apart of the so-called "Chop Suey Circuit."

Tech Culture
3:16 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Why You Shouldn't Buy Into Tweeting Or Relentless Self-Promotion

Flickr Photo/Andreas Eldh (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde interviews author David Zweig about his new book, "Invisibles: The Power Of Anonymous Work In An Age of Relentless Self-Promotion."

Author Interview
3:15 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Can Comedy Wake Up Your Soul?

Credit Iman Jamal Rahman's book "The Laughter of the Sufis."

Marcie Sillman talks to Imam Jamal Rahman, one of the three Interfaith Amigos, about his new book "Sacred Laughter Of The Sufis: Awakening the Soul with the Mulla's Comic Teaching Stories and Other Islamic Wisdom."

Author Interview
11:50 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Confronting Menopause In A RV On The Way To Burning Man

Credit Sandra Tsing Loh's book "Madwoman in the Volvo."

We've all done it — that crazy RV trip to Burning Man. It leads to all sorts of problems. In hindsight, maybe not a great idea, but you make the best with what you've got, right? Well, perhaps, if you’re anything like our guest this week. Her trip proved to be the start of an arduous journey, but it makes for a great story. 

Sandra Tsing Loh’s new book is “The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones.” In it she takes on her experience of menopause.

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Author Interview
3:15 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

'Big Little Man': Alex Tizon On Growing Up Asian-American In Seattle

Credit Alex Tizon's book "Big Little Man."

Marcie Sillman talks to journalist and author Alex Tizon about his memoir about coming of age as an Asian-American in Seattle and his search for self.

Poetry
1:24 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Poet Christine Deavel On Being 'In Your Care'

Poet Christine Deavel
Credit Rebecca Hoogs

Poet Christine Deavel trains her empathetic eye on two familiar places: North Seattle's Thornton Creek ("In Your Care") and the grocery store checkout line ("Each Day on the Verge").  

As she transforms these places through unexpected language and imagery, she also holds open questions about what it means to be whole, to be a neighbor, to be in one another's care. 

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Foodie Culture
3:12 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

The Tastemakers: Why Some Foods Trend And Others Don't

Credit David Sax' book "Tastemakers."

Marcie Sillman talks with food writer David Sax about the evolution of food trends in North America. Sax has written the book, "The Tastemakers: Why We're Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up with Fondue," which answers such questions as: Why are kale salads on every restaurant menu? And why has bacon moved from a breakfast item to become part of every meal, even dessert?

Author Interview
11:43 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Ms. Warren Goes to Washington: A Progressive Senator’s Life Story

Senator Elizabeth Warren.
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This week on Speakers Forum, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren tells the story of her life and her vision of a progressive America. Warren is known as an advocate for consumer protection. She was largely responsible for the hard-won establishment of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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New Yorker Cartoonist
3:28 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Roz Chast On Caring For Her Elderly Parents: 'Spoiler Alert! They Die'

Credit Roz Chast's book "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?"

Marcie Sillman speaks with Roz Chast, a featured cartoonist in the New Yorker, about her latest work of art is about taking care of her very elderly parents.

Idealist Communities
3:05 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

The History Of Anarchy On Puget Sound

Credit Justin Wadland's book "Trying Home."

David Hyde speaks with Justin Wadland, a librarian at the University of Washington, about his new book, "Trying Home: The Rise and Fall of an Anarchist Utopia on Puget Sound."

Sensory Perception
3:17 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

How The Physical World Affects Our Behavior And Emotions

Credit Thalma Lobel's book "Sensation."

Marcie Sillman talks with psychologist Thalma Lobel about her new book, "Sensation: The New Science Of Physical Intelligence."

Author Interview
2:02 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Brian Lamb On The Future Of C-Span

Credit Brian Lamb's book "Sundays at Eight"

David Hyde talks to Brian Lamb about his new book "Sundays At Eight: 25 Years Of Stories From C-Span" and the future of the television network.

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