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April 20th, 2021


"He always made people feel like they belonged," says a former Bourdain producer. World Travel: An Irreverent Guide is based on the TV chef's writings and an interview conducted just before his death.
Author: Neda Ulaby
Posted: April 20, 2021, 9:04 am
A complete version of the Richard Wright novel The Man Who Lived Underground is being published for the first time. It centers on police brutality and the Black experience in America.
Posted: April 20, 2021, 9:04 am
Michelle Zauner's new memoir, built on her 2018 New Yorker piece of the same name, powerfully maps a complicated mother-daughter relationship cut much too short, with Korean food as a guide.
Author: Kristen Martin
Posted: April 20, 2021, 9:00 am
Caleb Azumah Nelson's Open Water is built on a familiar premise: two young people meet and fall in love. Nelson's debut novel is brimming with references to Black art, music, poetry and photography.
Author: Ari Shapiro
Posted: April 19, 2021, 8:12 pm
The first volume of Kaoru Takamura's 1997 eccentric crime thriller has just been translated into English. Inspired by a real-life case, Lady Joker reveals its world in rich, polyphonic detail.
Author: John Powers
Posted: April 19, 2021, 5:37 pm
Julie Lythcott-Haims's new book, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult, is a handbook on adulthood. Her 2017 memoir, Real American, is the story of her coming to terms with her biracial identity.
Author: Dave Davies
Posted: April 19, 2021, 5:37 pm
Noel King speaks with Rose Eveleth about her illustrated book: Flash Forward.
Posted: April 19, 2021, 9:05 am
NPR's Michel Martin speaks with poet Samuel Getachew, former National Youth Poet Laureate finalist, about his favorite listener-submitted poems.
Posted: April 18, 2021, 9:17 pm
Lauren Hough tells NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro about her memoir Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing. Hough spent part of her childhood in a cult, which affected her later life.
Posted: April 18, 2021, 11:56 am
Gustavo Roldán's tale of an adventurous (if nap-prone) ant — newly translated into English — has everything you could want: silliness, adventure, daring, a cliffhanger, and a fun, satisfying ending.
Author: Juanita Giles
Posted: April 18, 2021, 11:00 am