NPR Books Podcast
Dec 2, 2013 — David Risher, who helped Amazon become an online retail behemoth, has set his sights on a new frontier: global literacy. Using e-readers and cellphone apps, Risher's nonprofit, Worldreader, brings books to students in literature-starved communities.
Dec 4, 2013 — Matching long johns. Kick lines in skis. Peeing on Santa's lap. Every family has these cringe-worthy moments, immortalized on film, that embody the particularly joyous brand of awkward that the holidays bring. And thanks to Mike Bender, co-author of Awkward Family Holiday Photos, the rest of us can rubberneck.
Nov 27, 2013 — Despite intense competition from Amazon and big-box retailers, there are more independent bookstores now than there were four years ago. Borders' bankruptcy, the "buy local" movement and cooperative publishers have all contributed to the renaissance.
Nov 30, 2013 — Matthew Hart tells the story of humankind's obsession with gold around the world and through history in his new book, Gold: The Race for the World's Most Seductive Metal. He joins host Scott Simon to explain why he writes that "gold is its own country."
Dec 1, 2013 — The acrtess' new memoir might not be the kind of thing you'd expect from a longtime A-list actress and daughter of film royalty. Forget the glamour and debauchery of the familiar Hollywood tell-all. As reviewer Meg Wolitzer explains, Huston's story begins before Los Angeles, a story at once relatable and unique.
Dec 1, 2013 — Jon Taffer is a bar and nightclub consultant and the host of the reality show Bar Rescue. His new book is called Raise the Bar, and he says bars and pubs are part of America's fiber.
Nov 30, 2013 — Small Business Saturday is this weekend, but for author Sherman Alexie, it's also Small Bookstore Saturday. He's encouraging authors across the country to visit their local independent bookstores and put in a shift behind the counter, selling their favorite titles.
Nov 27, 2013 — The popularity of The Hunger Games book and film series is leading to an uptick in the popularity of archery, especially among girls. USA Archery says membership is on the rise, and some sporting equipment outfitters have seen a big boost in bow and arrow sales in the years since the series began.
Nov 26, 2013 — For critic Maureen Corrigan, this year's hybrid family holiday may be best celebrated by escaping into a book. Her recommendations include a kids' book about Russian Jews who identify with the Pilgrims, and a novel that contemplates class divides during wartime through the lens of a football game.
Nov 23, 2013 — When the earthquake strikes — the big one that Californians have been warned about — Shy finds himself on a cruise ship serving towels to the wealthy patrons. But he's not out of harm's way. Matt de la Pena discusses his new novel, The Living, with NPR's Scott Simon.