Nov 11, 2012 — Jon Ronson, the bestselling author of The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats, has spent his life exploring mysterious events and meeting extraordinary people. His newest book, Lost at Sea, is a collection of true mini-adventures he has written along the way.
Sep 17, 2012 — Five-hundred feet underground in a coal mine in Ohio, Jeanne Marie Laskas realized how dependent Americans are on the work of "unseen" people. In Hidden America, she illuminates those whose jobs are nearly invisible to most of us, from miners to migrant workers to professional football cheerleaders.
Apr 13, 2010 — Japan's reki-jo, or "history girls," love learning about shoguns' castles and samurai battles, and they idolize historical figures like rock stars. Some observers believe this is more than just a trend: The reki-jo subculture signals a kind of empowerment.
Aug 20, 2009 — Books about music are notoriously poor at describing the abstraction and subtlety of a melody, but these three books sing like the real thing.
Jan 28, 2008 — The Internet has fundamentally changed the nature of human interaction, says critic Lee Siegel. In his latest book, Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob, Siegel argues for a more evolved online universe.
Sep 11, 2005 — After a summer of weekly book picks from a variety of notable readers, Weekend Edition Sunday asked for input from the listeners.