Arts | Books | Nation

Denis Johnson, Author Of 'Jesus' Son' And 'Tree Of Smoke,' Dies At 67

NPR | May 26, 2017 6:58 a.m.

The National Book Award-winning novelist was perhaps best known for Jesus' Son, a book of interwoven stories focused on the lives of addicts. A spokesman for his publisher tells NPR he died Thursday.

Entertainment | Arts | Books | Health

Larissa MacFarquhar: How Far Would You Go To Help Others?

NPR | May 26, 2017 6:40 a.m.

Larissa MacFarquhar writes about extreme altruists, people who make great sacrifices to help others. She says most of us aren't prepared or willing to do that — which is why we don't give more.

Economy | Entertainment | Arts | Books

Peter Singer: How Can We Be More Effective Altruists?

NPR | May 26, 2017 6:40 a.m.

Philosopher Peter Singer's work focuses on "effective altruism" — how to do the most good to make the world a better place. He argues effective giving involves balancing empathy with reason.

Business | Books

A Publisher Tries Podcasts As A Gateway To Audiobooks

NPR | May 24, 2017 8:25 a.m.

Audiobooks are the fastest growing segment of the publishing industry, while podcasts are also finding new audiences. One science fiction publisher is experimenting with a new path to the market.

Economy | Food | Business | Books | Nation

Grocery Stores: 'The Best Of America And The Worst Of America'

NPR | May 22, 2017 7:50 a.m.

In his new book, Michael Ruhlman explores how and why Americans have changed from corner-store costumers to insatiable consumers of every edible product at our fingertips.

Election | Books | Nation

No More Neverland: A Senator's Guide To Raising American Adults

NPR | May 16, 2017 5:21 a.m.

His new book about raising kids in America and the virtues of work and perseverance is "not an old man screaming, 'Get off my lawn!'" insists Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb. It's, "Work in my lawn."

Books | Health

Sue Klebold: When Your Son Does The Unthinkable, Can You Forgive Him And Yourself?

NPR | May 12, 2017 8:46 a.m.

Sue Klebold's son Dylan was one of the two shooters at Columbine High School. Nearly 20 years later, she talks about her struggle to understand his actions, and to find forgiveness.

Books | Health

Thordis Elva And Tom Stranger: How Do You Move Forward After Sexual Violence?

NPR | May 12, 2017 8:46 a.m.

Tom Stranger raped Thordis Elva when they were dating in high school. Years later, they started a painful and painstaking dialogue about accountability and reconciliation.

World | Arts | Books

Harry Potter And The Burgled Prequel: Rare, Handwritten Copy Stolen In U.K.

NPR | May 12, 2017 7:24 a.m.

The 800-word prequel, which was scrawled on a postcard by J.K. Rowling herself, went missing from a property after a burglary in mid-April. Now, Rowling and the police are calling on fans to help.

Economy | Business | Arts | Books

Don't Be Fooled: 'Generation Wealth' Is More About Wanting Than Having

NPR | May 11, 2017 7:34 a.m.

Lauren Greenfield's 500-page photo collection shows toddlers in designer clothes and magnums of champagne. But it's also about how ostentatious displays of wealth have replaced real social mobility.

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