Hidden Brain host Shankar Vedantam talks to comedian Aziz Ansari — star of a new Netflix show and co-author of Modern Romance — about Tinder, texting and how dating is a bit like ... buying jam.
The libraries will be closed for Lincoln's birthday on Friday, February 12, 2016 and for President's Day on Monday, February 15, 2016.
The actor's new memoir is disguised as a collection of letters to the men in her life. Critic Jean Zimmerman praises Parker's willingness to show vulnerability and her excellent, stylish writing.
Roger Angell's latest book is a collection of his writings from The New Yorker, centered on "This Old Man," his memorable essay about the pains and pleasures of living into your 90s.
Tess Taylor reviews Nate Marshall's poetry collection, Wild Hundreds.
Kenji Lopez-Alt left a restaurant job to test and write about the mysteries of food science. His new book details findings from how best to sear a steak to how to get more golden pancakes.
Books by three YouTube stars are on The New York Times best-seller list right now. That's not an anomaly — NPR's Lynn Neary reports it's a trend that more and more publishers are starting to embrace.
At 95, New Yorker editor Roger Angell has written decades' worth of books and articles. Maureen Corrigan says it's a great pleasure to spend time in the company of his latest book, This Old Man.
Veteran film critic David Thomson's new book will get you thinking about the magic of film — but his personal, meandering arguments are sometimes too personal and too disjointed to land solidly.
Rick Moody's new novel takes the form of online travel reviews written by the lonely but oddly eloquent Reginald Morse. Critic Jason Sheehan says it's Moody at his most inventive, playful and biting.
Stan Lee is a comic book legend. He's the writer behind Spider-man, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man. Host Renee Montagne sits down with the 92-year-old to talk comics and his own super-heroic life.
More Americans are eating alone — at restaurants and at home. Writer Simran Sethi argues in a new book that eating alone can be a courageous act that deepens appreciation of food and place.
The force behind ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder says she has fought to get important images — like same-sex couple love scenes — on air.
Ludmila Ulitskaya's new novel follows three childhood friends in the years after Stalin's death — and the dozens of characters their lives intersect with — in a masterpiece of detail and ambition.
Paul Meloy's debut novel fuses humor, horror and personal experience; it's the story of a 40-something psychiatric nurse who discovers he's a part of a cosmic battle against the forces of nightmare.
Artists Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá — themselves twins — have turned Brazilian author Milton Hatoum's family drama The Brothers into a deftly-shaded graphic novel, full of compelling imagery.
Eli Horowitz's surreal story, told via smartphone app and two separate book editions, follows a sad-sack circus performer who accidentally falls afoul of his oppressive dystopian government.
The creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal says despite the success of her shows, her life "had gotten really small," so she decided to step out of her comfort zone. Year of Yes is her new memoir.
Former Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Riad Sattouf grew up in the Middle East and France with a French mother and Syrian father. "I hate nationalism," he says. "Comic book author [is] my first nationality."
Steve Inskeep talks to celebrity chef Nigella Lawson about the breadth of food you can serve in a bowl. Her latest cookbook is called, Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food.
Deeanne Gist's Tiffany Girl blends a charming romance with an overlooked bit of history — the women recruited by Louis Comfort Tiffany to complete his stained glass chapel at the 1893 World's Fair.