• Star Wars: Crucible
    10:56am Jul 16, 2013
    Books Books Arts Economy

    Use The Books, Fans: 'Star Wars' Franchise Thrives In Print

    More than 200 novels, the Star Wars' book series spans 25,000 years, from the beginning of the Jedi Order to 40 years beyond where the original trilogy left off. According to The Wall Street Journal's Alexandra Alter, the books help keep fans interested between movies.
  • Butterfly People cover
    6:54pm Jul 14, 2013
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    Racing Hearts, Fluttering Wings: American 'Butterfly People'

    After the Civil War, pursuing butterflies was more than a pastime for many Americans — it was a passion. In his book, Butterfly People, William Leach chronicles the infatuation, from its European roots and natural-history tradition to its eventual fall.
  • Black Star Nairobi cover
    6:39pm Jul 13, 2013
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    Searching For Clues In A Dangerous Nairobi

    A dead body and a hotel bombing trigger the plot of Black Star Nairobi, the latest crime novel from Kenyan-American author Mukoma Wa Ngugi. Detectives Ishmael Fofona and David Odhiambo search for the perps during the upheaval around the Kenyan elections in December 2007.
  • Tyler says as a kid she stood out because of her height, her glasses, and her vegetarian lunches.
    Aisha Tyler
    12:50pm Jul 12, 2013
    Books Books

    Comedian Aisha Tyler Talks About Flipping Off Failure

    In her new book, Self-Inflicted Wounds, Tyler writes about her dalliances with failure and humiliation on the long road to success. She says it wasn't easy being the geeky, tall, black girl who loves science fiction and video games. But it was worth it.
  • 12:49pm Jul 12, 2013
    Books Books Arts Music & Culture

    Finding Meaning In The Mosh Pit Among Often-Reviled Groupies

    Pop-culture writer Nathan Rabin introduces us to some obsessive fans in his new book, You Don't Know Me But You Don't Like Me, which chronicles his experience following the followers of the bands Phish and Insane Clown Posse.
  • Glory Be book cover detail
    5:55pm Jul 11, 2013
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    Lessons In Bigotry And Bravery: A Girl Grows Up In 'Glory Be'

    It's the summer of 1964, and everything's changing for 11-year-old Glory. She was looking forward to celebrating her 12th birthday at the local pool, but the town has shut it down to avoid integration. Members of NPR's Backseat Book Club share their questions with author Augusta Scattergood.