Curiosities and wonders
Apr 20, 2013 — More and more writers are setting their novels and short stories in worlds, not unlike our own, where the Earth's systems are noticeably off-kilter. The genre has come to be called climate fiction — "cli-fi," for short.
Dec 20, 2012 — In her book, Learn Something New Every Day, NPR's reference librarian Kee Malesky provides readers with fun facts about everything from the scented cinema experiments of the 1950s, to why baseball managers wear the team uniform. Malesky talks with host John Donvan about why learning facts boost confidence.
Nov 16, 2012 — Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior takes a stand on climate change. It debuts at No. 1.
Oct 12, 2012 — NPR's longest-serving reference librarian, Kee Malesky, is the author of a new book, Learn Something New Every Day: 365 Facts to Fulfill Your Life. Malesky offers facts for each day of the year, from the landing on the moon to the invention of sliced bread.
Dec 16, 2011 — The Guinness World Records 2012 unveils the most phenomenal human achievements. It debuts at No. 15.
Dec 23, 2010 — Whatever happened to good manners, cocktail hour or knowing how to darn a sock? Sally Singer, editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, selects three new books that celebrate nostalgia and looking back to more exquisite, more refined times.
Jan 13, 2008 — Have you ever wondered who invented the dishwasher? Or who was the first person ever to go on a diet? Those answers and more are part of a new book from mental_floss magazine.