Books

5:50am

Sun September 14, 2014
Goats and Soda

In The Quest To Make A Difference, 'A Path Appears'

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 11:22 am

In Malawi, Biti Rose Nasoni used a CARE microsavings program to start a business selling doughnuts.
Nicholas D. Kristof Random House

Everyone wants to "make a difference" but with an overwhelming array of charitable causes and organizations, the question is: how? Journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn set out to find the answer in their new book, A Path Appears.

They profile a nurse in West Virginia who helps a teenage mother through the tough early days of parenting. And they tell the story of a woman in Africa who gets a small loan and starts a business that supports her family.

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3:10pm

Sat September 13, 2014
Author Interviews

In Margaret Atwood's Latest, The Past Is Powerfully Present

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 8:48 am

Canadian Margaret Atwood is the author of more than a dozen novels including The Handmaid's Tale, The Blind Assassin and Oryx and Crake, as well as works of poetry and nonfiction.
Jean Malek Random House

Author Margaret Atwood is prolific, beloved and extraordinarily accomplished. In addition to best-selling novels like The Handmaid's Tale and The Blind Assassin, she's penned poems, short stories, children's books, essays and works that defy classification.

But her fans will have to wait a long, long time for one particular piece of writing. She's working on a book that nobody will read for a hundred years — part of an art project that's going to require some special archival paper, as she explains to NPR's Arun Rath.

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2:55pm

Sat September 13, 2014
Author Interviews

A Cheerful Mortician Tackles The Lighter Side Of Death

On her YouTube channel, mortician Caitlin Doughty humorously answers serious questions about death, decomposition, burial practices and more.
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Caitlin Doughty remembers her first encounter with death.

"That thud — that noise of the girl's body hitting laminate — would play over and over again in my mind, dull thud after dull thud," she writes in her new book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory. She was 8, in a shopping mall in her home state, sunny Hawaii. The girl fell from a balcony. "Today, the thuds might be called a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder, but back then the noises were just the drumbeat of my childhood."

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8:41am

Sat September 13, 2014
Author Interviews

Wendy Davis Tells Of Her Own Difficult Abortions In 'Forgetting'

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 11:21 am

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has a new memoir, Forgetting to Be Afraid.
Eric Gay AP

Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for the governor of Texas, came to the attention of most Americans outside Texas when, as state senator, she filibustered a highly restrictive abortion bill for 11 straight hours.

Now Davis is making headlines for her newly released memoir, Forgetting to Be Afraid. In the book, Davis revealed for the first time that she had two abortions herself. She also details her gritty and sometimes unhappy life growing up, first in Rhode Island and then Texas, Oklahoma and California.

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5:53am

Fri September 12, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Wendy Davis' Book Tour Violates Ethics Code, Opponent Says

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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