- Romance Writers Of America Was Doing Better With Race — Until A Recent Award Choiceby Karen Grigsby Bates on August 5, 2021 at 9:35 pm
After a racism controversy, the national trade organization for romance writers had been making progress. Then, they gave a major prize to a book whose hero murdered Native Americans at Wounded Knee.
- Having A Conversation With Loss And Grief In ‘Waiting For The Waters To Rise’by Gabino Iglesias on August 5, 2021 at 11:00 am
Maryse Condé’s new novel follws a lonely man, an obstetrician who adopts an orphaned baby girl and tries to find her family — it’s an examination of loss and grief on a personal and national level.
- A Farmer Offers A Stark Time-Lapse Portrait Of His Family’s Land Over A Lifetimeby Heller McAlpin on August 5, 2021 at 10:00 am
James Rebanks’ new book Pastoral Song urgently conveys how the drive for cheap, mass-produced food has impoverished both small farmers and the soil, threatening humanity’s future.
- Osama Bin Laden Biography Goes Inside Al-Qaida Leader’s Final Hideoutby Dave Davies on August 4, 2021 at 5:54 pm
Journalist Peter Bergen visited bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, before it was demolished. His new book, The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden, draws on materials seized in the raid.
- The Delta Variant Forces U.S. Automakers To Revisit Mask Mandatesby Camila Domonoske on August 4, 2021 at 11:24 am
Detroit automakers lifted their mask mandates for fully vaccinated workers just a few weeks ago. But starting Wednesday, masks are required again at all Ford, GM and Stellantis facilities.
- Soccer Star Abby Wambach Recommends 3 Reads On Sports And Leadershipby A Martínez on August 4, 2021 at 9:05 am
Wambach retired from soccer in 2015, and now, as a professional speaker, she shares three books that helped her learn to be a leader — both on the field and off.
- Oprah Picked It, So Did Obama — Why This Novel Is THE Summer Bookby Carole V. Bell on August 4, 2021 at 9:00 am
Nathan Harris’s debut, set in a small Southern town just after Appomattox, has captured American readersthis summer by asking a question we haven’t yet answered: How do you make peace after civil war?
- Alexander Vindman Discusses Testifying On The Central Phone Call In Trump Impeachmentby Mary Louise Kelly on August 3, 2021 at 8:10 pm
NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman about his memoir Here, Right Matters: An American Story, which describes his role in the impeachment of former President Trump.
- Philosophical, Queer, Angry, Romantic, Defiant: ‘Afterparties’ Contains Multitudesby Thúy Đinh on August 3, 2021 at 11:00 am
Anthony Veasna So died in December, but he lives on in the pages of this debut story collection — a vibrant, funny and unsparing look at the lives of Cambodian Americans in his California hometown.
- ‘Until Justice Be Done’ Examines Northern Free States’ So-Called Black Lawsby Steve Inskeep on August 3, 2021 at 9:02 am
The South practiced slavery before the Civil War — but Northern states like Ohio and Indiana had Black laws, restrictive codes that criminalized and constrained the lives of free Black residents
- ‘Afterparties’ Is A Bittersweet Triumph For A Fresh Voice Silenced Too Soonby Maureen Corrigan on August 2, 2021 at 5:32 pm
Anthony Veasna So’s posthumously published short story collection offers a smart, compassionate take on the push-pull of growing up first-generation Cambodian American.
- A Young Literary Star Makes His Posthumous Debut With ‘Afterparties’by Andrew Limbong on August 1, 2021 at 11:46 am
Writer Anthony Veasna So was a rising figure in the literary scene until he died in December. His stories captured the fullness of queer, Cambodian American life.
- A Russian Immigrant To The U.S. Humorously Recounts Her Experience, Love For Americaby Martha Anne Toll on August 1, 2021 at 10:01 am
It’s a particular pleasure to see our splintered country through the eyes of Margarita Gokun Silver, a determined and appreciative emigree, in ‘I Named My Dog Pushkin.’
- In ‘Goldenrod,’ A Poet Finds Lessons In The Good, The Bad And The Unexpectedby Jeevika Verma on August 1, 2021 at 9:00 am
Maggie Smith’s new poetry collection considers the human tendency to search for universal truths — but she looks for those truths in things we can see every day, as ordinary as rosebushes and rocks.
- ‘Being Clem’ Is The Final Book In Lesa Cline-Ransome’s ‘Finding Langston’ Trilogyon July 31, 2021 at 1:46 pm
“Being Clem,” the final book in the YA “Finding Langston” trilogy, follows a young boy during World War II after his father is killed. Scott Simon talks with author Lesa Cline-Ransome about it.