• 5:58am Oct 16, 2013
    National National Books

    After Sept. 11, Special Ops Were 'Injected With Steroids'

    Two recent operations in Libya and Somalia offer a vivid example of how members of U.S. Special Operations are being deployed around the world to go after terrorists. Renee Montagne talks to author Jeremy Scahill about his newest book, Dirty Wars, which is about the rise of special forces.
  • Wild Tales, by Graham Nash
    3:11pm Oct 15, 2013
    Books Books Arts Music & Culture

    Graham Nash Has 'Wild Tales' To Spare

    As part of Crosby, Stills & Nash, the British singer-songwriter helped define a West Coast sound. Here, he discusses the influence of Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers and marijuana on his career, as well as his new memoir, Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life.
  • Quill pen and ink
    2:32pm Oct 10, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    Meet Ben's Sister Jane, History's Forgotten Franklin

    For centuries, the memory of Jane Franklin has languished in brother Benjamin's shadow. While Ben is on currency and splashed across textbooks, Jane's life of curiosity and hardship has been forgotten. In Book of Ages, historian Jill Lepore draws a portrait of one of the American Revolution's "little women."
  • 7:39am Oct 10, 2013
    World News World News Books

    Canadian Alice Munro Wins Nobel's Literature Prize

    Alice Munro, "master of the contemporary short story," has won the Nobel Prize in Literature," the Royal Swedish Academy announced Thursday morning. In 2009, she won the Man Booker International Prize for her lifetime work.
  • 5:37pm Oct 09, 2013
    Books Books

    A Coming Of Age Story For The (Ice) Ages

    The novel Shaman, by science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson is a coming of age novel set in the ice age. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says it is the latest to take up the question of what it was like to live 30,000 years ago on the cusp of change from Neanderthal to Cro-Magnon dominance of the human world.
  • My Story, by Elizabeth Smart
    4:08pm Oct 08, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    Elizabeth Smart Says Kidnapper Was A 'Master At Manipulation'

    Smart, who was held captive for nine months at age 14, describes the 2002 ordeal in a new memoir called My Story. She's now an advocate for children's safety education and says "the best punishment" she can give her abusers is to move on with her life and be happy.
  • Marshland in India
    3:53pm Oct 07, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    Out Of Lahiri's Muddy 'Lowland,' An Ambitious Story Soars

    Jhumpa Lahiri's new novel, The Lowland, is on the long list for the National Book Award and the shortlist for the Man Booker. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Lahiri should start making room in her trophy cabinet; The Lowland is a beautiful tale of a family transformed by political violence.