'Giver' Fans Likely To Be Disappointed By Movie's Pace

NPR | Aug. 18, 2014 1:44 p.m.

"Los Angeles Times" and "Morning Edition" film critic Kenneth Turan reviews "The Giver," starring Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges. It's an adaptation of the young adult novel by Lois Lowry about a world where emotion and feeling have been done away with.

Thoughts Of Fall Butt Into Lazy Day Of Summer

NPR | Aug. 18, 2014 5:11 a.m.

For our look at summer poetry, we turn to Charlotte Boulay, a Philadelphia-based poet, with "The End of Summer." She offers us a poem that, on its surface, is about an idyllic summertime activity: taking a nap in the grass. But undercutting this lazy day is a sense of dread: fall is coming, and the conflicts and demands of the real world are inevitable.

James Brown's Daughter Recalls A Painful Childhood in 'Cold Sweat'

NPR | Aug. 16, 2014 4:53 a.m.

Reviewer Richard Torres calls Yamma Brown's new memoir of her father a valuable, warts-and-all portrait of a troubled icon — and the way the cycle of abuse can turn through famous families.

Albert Camus And The Search For Meaning In The Midst Of Ebola

NPR | Aug. 08, 2014 3:57 p.m.

The Republican lawmaker from Virginia who died this week was not afraid to go against his party, or reach across the aisle, to stand against corruption.

WWI Diaries Of Poet Siegfried Sassoon Go Public For First Time

NPR | Aug. 01, 2014 3:29 p.m.

Printing your own book used to be seen as a mark of failure. But now, there are many well-known independent authors who have made a fortune self-publishing online.

'Fightshark' Recounts His Struggles, In Kickboxing And Beyond

NPR | July 31, 2014 10:42 a.m.

Mark Miller chose his nickname because when he smells blood, he attacks. His new memoir, Pain Don't Hurt, tells of the heart surgery and alcohol problems that temporarily derailed his fighting career.

Do You Dare To Venture Through These Tangled 'Woods'?

NPR | July 30, 2014 9:08 a.m.

Graphic novelist Emily Carroll's gorgeous new collection of horror stories entwines words and pictures to deliver delicious, twisted-fairy-tale chills. Strange things come and go in these woods.

In 'Ghost Month,' A Murder-Mystery Tour Of Taipei

NPR | July 29, 2014 4:35 a.m.

In Taiwan, August is the month ghosts return from the afterlife. Linda Wertheimer talks to author Ed Lin about his mystery Ghost Month, set largely in the night markets and food stalls of Taipei.

'Back Channel' Turns Up White House Intrigue

NPR | July 26, 2014 10:32 a.m.

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen L. Carter about his new novel, Back Channel. It's a political thriller set during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Let's Talk About Chuck Palahniuk's 'Fight Club' Sequel

OPB | July 23, 2014 11:03 a.m.

It seems that everyone is breaking the first and second rule of Fight Club, 15 years after its publication ("Do not talk about Fight Club!"). That’s because author Chuck Palahniuk has announced that there will officially be a "Fight Club 2," due out May 2015.

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