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In New Memoir, Samantha Power Describes Going From Idealist To Diplomat


NPR's Noel King speaks with Samantha Power about her memoir The Education of an Idealist. In her book, Power describes how she went from working outside the system to moving inside, as a diplomat.

A Throwaway Line Led 'Washington Post' Reporter To Call Rural Midwest His New Home


Christopher Ingraham, a data reporter at The Washington Post, found unexpected joy when he moved his family to the county he once called "the absolute worst place to live in America."

'New York Times' Reporters Explain How They United Women, Helping Trigger #MeToo


Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey talk of the challenges of getting women who alleged they were sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein to go public — and of the secret settlements detailed in She Said.

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'The Secrets We Kept' Imagines What CIA Secretaries Knew

Novelist Lara Prescott became curious about the women who worked at CIA headquarters during the real-life mission to smuggle Dr. Zhivago into the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

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Why Margaret Atwood Said 'No' To A 'Handmaid's Tale' Sequel — Until Now

Atwood wasn't interested in a Handmaid's Tale sequel because she didn't have anything more to say about its protagonist. But in The Testaments, she takes the story in a surprising new direction.

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Hear Margaret Atwood Read From 'The Testaments,' Her Sequel To 'The Handmaid's Tale'

In this recording, exclusive to NPR, Atwood returns to the world of The Handmaid's Tale, reading from her long-awaited sequel. Some 15 years after the first book, it introduces a few new voices.

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For Many Authors, Celebrity Book Clubs Are A Ticket To Success

Booksellers often talk about discoverability — the ability to help readers find books publishers want them to buy. And increasingly, celebrity book clubs are a way to get books into readers' hands.

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'The Testaments' Takes Us Back To Gilead For A Fast-Paced, Female-Centered Adventure

Margaret Atwood's long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid's Tale brings readers new voices (and one familiar one) and a whole new view of Gilead, the dystopian theocracy that was once the United States.

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Voices Of The Past: Questions For Poet Renato Rosaldo

As a kid in Tucson in the 1950s, anthropologist and poet Renato Rosaldo ran with a crew called the Chasers. 50 years later, he interviewed them at a reunion and created prose poems in their voices.


'Mind Games' Delivers Fast-Paced Tech Thrills

Shana Silver's young adult debut follows a young prodigy at a school for gifted students who discovers that her father's memory-hacking technology is being used for nefarious purposes.

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These 5 Fire-Breathing Books Will Warm The Hearts Of Dragon Fans

Has the end of Game of Thrones and the long wait for the next Song of Ice and Fire book got you, uh ... dragon? We've rounded up some of this years best scales-and-wings reads to help fill the void.

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Edwidge Danticat: 'Whether Or Not We Belong Is Not Defined By Us'

Most of the characters in Edwidge Danticat's new collection are Haitian American, and Haiti is often in their hearts and on their minds. Danticat says the stories reflect her own immigrant experience.

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When Comic Art Meets High Art, the Results Will Surprise You

In recent years, several graphic novel biographies of fine artists have come out — some more successful than others. One rule is clear: Don't reproduce an artist's paintings if you can avoid it.