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A Frustrated Professor Sounds Off To 'Committee Members' 
  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:05:00 -0400 
    The protagonist of Julie Schumacher's new Dear Committee Members is frustrated with the future of American arts and letters — and the feckless students who pester him for recommendation letters.


Cardiologist Speaks From The Heart About America's Medical System 
  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:01:00 -0400 
    In his new memoir, Doctored, Sandeep Jauhar describes a growing discontent among doctors and how it's affecting patients. He says rushed doctors are often practicing "defensive medicine."


Seeking Proof For Why We Feel Terrible After Too Many Drinks 
  Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:35:00 -0400 
    Author Adam Rogers says there are lots of myths about what causes hangovers. His new book, Proof: The Science of Booze, explores these and other scientific mysteries of alcohol's effect on the body.


'Sweetness #9' Satirizes Food Wars And Artificial America 
  Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:46:00 -0400 
    The novel is about a flavor chemist who tests a sweetener on lab rats and monkeys and finds side effects the company covers up. Author Stephan Eirik Clark says he was inspired by Fast Food Nation.


Thoughts Of Fall Butt Into Lazy Day Of Summer 
  Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:25:00 -0400 
    For our look at summer poetry, we turn to Charlotte Boulay, a Philadelphia-based poet, with "The End of Summer." She offers a poem that, on its surface, is about an idyllic activity: taking a nap.


Medical Examiner: 'Staying Alive Is Mostly Common Sense' 
  Sun, 17 Aug 2014 15:11:00 -0400 
    Forget what CSI told you about the job: It's less about solving crimes and more about accidents. Judy Melinek hopes to paint a more accurate picture of the profession in her new book, Working Stiff.


Chemical Dump Poisons A Texas Town In 'Friendswood' 
  Sun, 17 Aug 2014 07:58:40 -0400 
    NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Rene Steinke about her new book, Friendswood. The novel follows four characters who must deal with the legacy of a toxic leak in their small Texas town.


Race Change Surgery Is Reality In 'Your Face In Mine' 
  Sun, 17 Aug 2014 07:58:00 -0400 
    What if you could undergo racial reassignment surgery and switch races? That's the premise of a new novel, Your Face in Mine. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with author Jess Row.


'Football' Captures Moments Of Grace And Violence 
  Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:53:00 -0400 
    Three great sports writers join NPR's Scott Simon to discuss the new anthology, Football: Great Writing About the National Sport. We hear from John Schulian, Jeanne Marie Laskas, and Frank DeFord.


College Professor's Life Is Upended In 'Small Blessings' 
  Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:53:00 -0400 
    The new novel Small Blessings follows the intertwined lives of academics and their family members in a small Southern college town. NPR's Scott Simon talks with author Martha Woodroof.


An Unlikely Psychologist-Patient Friendship Unfolds In 'The Story Hour' 
  Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:53:00 -0400 
    Thrity Umrigar's new novel is about two women with "a mystical connection." Lakshmi is stuck in a loveless marriage. Dr. Maggie Bose decides Lakshmi doesn't need a shrink — she needs an escape.


Lois Lowry Says 'The Giver' Was Inspired By Her Father's Memory Loss 
  Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:53:00 -0400 
    Lowry's father didn't have Alzheimer's but as he began to forget his past, the author says, she began to imagine a book about eliminating painful memories. The Giver has just been adapted into a film.


Mystery Writer Weaves Intricate Puzzles In Sleepy French Town 
  Fri, 15 Aug 2014 03:30:00 -0400 
    The southern French town of Aix-en-Provence is known more for good living than for murder. But the town's languid beauty also makes it a perfect setting for Mary Lou Longworth's mystery series.


For Would-Be Screenwriter, Enough False Starts To Fill A Book 
  Thu, 14 Aug 2014 03:35:00 -0400 
    There's a joke in LA that everyone — from your dog walker to your dry cleaner — is writing a screenplay. C.W. Neill pokes fun at that romantic Hollywood craft in This Movie Will Require Dinosaurs.


Poet Jennifer Chang Reads 'Again A Solstice' 
  Tue, 12 Aug 2014 05:11:00 -0400 
    We've been asking poets to tell us about their summers by reading us poems. Jennifer Chang was once asked to submit a summertime poem to The New York Times, but it was rejected for being too dark.
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