Books

3:46am

Sun November 11, 2012
Author Interviews

'Heat' Imagines Life After 'Madame Butterfly'

Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 10:36 am

The second act of Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly opens with the aching aria "Un Bel Di," one of the most famous in the Italian repertoire. Onstage, an abandoned young woman sings longingly for "one fine day" when her lover might return to her and their young son in Nagasaki, Japan.

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2:27pm

Sat November 10, 2012
Author Interviews

A Tale Of Fate: From Astrology To Astronomy

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 10:44 am

When Katherine Marsh was a young girl, she was mesmerized by the dwarfs of Diego Velazquez's paintings. Years later, that obsession inspired Jepp, Who Defied the Stars, her latest novel for young adults.

Marsh joins NPR's Guy Raz to discuss her book, which is rooted in history, yet speckled with fantasy. It carries her readers to the Spanish Netherlands in the late 16th century to tell the coming-of-age story of Jepp of Astraveld.


Interview Highlights

On Jepp's story

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3:43am

Sat November 10, 2012
Author Interviews

Ian McEwan's 'Sweet Tooth' Pits Spy Vs. Scribe

Originally published on Sat November 10, 2012 9:29 am

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Author Ian McEwan's latest creation, Serena Frome, isn't much of a spy. She got recruited into MI5 by her Cambridge history tutor, whom she wanted to dazzle. But he dumps her, and she never sees it coming. She winds up on the clerical side of the operation, cross-filing schemes and plots to stop terrorists, until one day, in the middle of the Cold War, she's summoned to the fifth floor of the agency, where five wise men ask her to rank three British novelists according to their merit: Kingsley Amis, William Golding and David Storey.

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4:02pm

Thu November 8, 2012
Author Interviews

What Happens When Kids Fall 'Far From The Tree'

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As the old saying goes, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. In other words, the child takes after the parent; the son is a chip off the old block.

Of course, that's often not the case. Straight parents have gay children and vice versa; autistic children are born to parents who don't have autism; and transgender kids are born to parents who are perfectly comfortable with their gender.

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3:45pm

Thu November 8, 2012
Book Reviews

Giving Wing To A Story Of Climate Change

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 7:43 am

Barbara Kingsolver's previous books include The Poisonwood Bible and The Lacuna.
David Wood

The mercury hit 100 for ten consecutive days in some places last summer, and the drought of 2012 may be a preview of what climate change will bring: amber waves of extremely short corn.

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