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Powell's $350, 000 Gift: For The Person Who Has Everything

OPB | Nov. 27, 2015 midnight

Inside Powell's City of Books, there is one book almost no one is able to see. It’s the store's most expensive book, locked away in a secret location.

Arts | Books | Nation | Elections

Here Are The 2015 Medal Of Freedom Winners, In Their Own Voices

NPR | Nov. 24, 2015 7 a.m.

Athletes, artists and activists crowd the list of winners of the nation's highest civilian honor. Before they get their medals Tuesday, get to know them — in sight and sound.

Arts | Books | Nation

Ta-Nehisi Coates On His Work And The Painful Process Of Getting Conscious

NPR | Nov. 23, 2015 12:19 p.m.

The writer, whose Between The World And Me was the winner of this year's National Book Award in nonfiction, talks about his process and the classmate and friend to whom he dedicated the award.

Arts | Books | World

'Paris Is A Party': Responding To Tragedy, France Turns To Hemingway

NPR | Nov. 20, 2015 12:32 p.m.

Ernest Hemingway's memoir A Moveable Feast is being celebrated for what it, in turn, celebrates: Paris as an exciting place of ideas, a nexus of people who love life and the arts.

Books | Science | Entertainment

Aziz Ansari: Talking Modern Love With The 'Master Of None'

NPR | Nov. 17, 2015 8:56 a.m.

Hidden Brain host Shankar Vedantam talks to comedian Aziz Ansari — star of a new Netflix show and coauthor of Modern Romance — about Tinder, texting and how dating is a bit like... buying jam.

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Dear Mary-Louise Parker, You've Written A Great Book

NPR | Nov. 17, 2015 5:05 a.m.

The actor's new memoir is disguised as a collection of letters to the men in her life. Critic Jean Zimmerman praises Parker's willingness to show vulnerability and her excellent, stylish writing.

Arts | Books | Food | Science

A Kitchen Science Savant Shares His Secrets In 'The Food Lab'

NPR | Nov. 13, 2015 9:46 a.m.

Kenji Lopez-Alt left a restaurant job to test and write about the mysteries of food science. His new book details his findings on how best to sear a steak and how to improve pancake batter.

Arts | Books | Science | Entertainment | Health

Why Is It So Hard To Talk About Depression?

NPR | Nov. 13, 2015 7:52 a.m.

Writer and psychologist Andrew Solomon describes how he hid from — and eventually confronted — his own serious depression.

Arts | Books

A 'Troublemaker' Leaves Her Life In Scientology

NPR | Nov. 6, 2015 12:57 p.m.

In her new memoir, actor Leah Remini writes about growing up in the Church of Scientology, becoming one of its prized celebrities, and her family's eventual, wrenching decision to leave it behind.

Arts | Books | Food | World

'Food Of Oman' Serves Up Surprising Cuisine At Crossroads Of Cultures

NPR | Nov. 6, 2015 11:44 a.m.

Most Americans don't know much about the small Middle Eastern country, much less its food. A new cookbook will surely pique your curiosity — and tempt your palate.