Books

Pottermore brings Harry Potter magic to everyone... except Apple

Pottermore is open, and its first push is the Harry Potter e-books themselves, self-published by Rowling and distributed via Silicon Valley's finest. Except for one.

New book details the life of a man who lives without money

Daniel Suelo lives without money. Back in 2000, he left his remaining dollars in a phone booth. Madeleine Brand talks with Suelo and Mark Sundeen, who wrote about Suelo's life in a new book.

Book publishers to newsrooms: Recycle these for us, please

We got eight copies of the same book. How much did it cost to ship them? To print them? And how many copies did other news outlets get? Does it actually work?

Radical! The Dictionary of American Regional English is finally complete

In the 1960’s dialect scholars at the University of Wisconsin-Madison decided it was time to put together an exhaustive compendium of American colloquialisms.

Jeanette Winterson asks the question, “Why be happy when you could be normal?”

When, at age sixteen, Jeanette Winterson left home because she was in love with a woman, her adoptive mother asked her, “Why be happy when you could be normal?”

Violence, drugs, love and redemption in the LA gang life

Jorja Leap has transformed hours of orals histories and interviews with gang members, interventionists, police officers, parents and victims into an ethnography of gang culture in Los Angeles.

Jonathan Safran Foer talks new Passover book

Author Jonathan Safran Foer joins the show to talk with Madeleine Brand about his latest publication, "The New American Haggadah."

Michael Ian Black's hilarious new memoir

Comedian Michael Ian Black joins the show to discuss his new book about the miseries of raising children and how the band Creed changed his life.

The habits of success – or failure

Our habits say a lot about us, and knowing how people go about their daily lives can prove to be useful information.

The story of Iraq's Baghdad Country Club

Josh Bearman tells the story of the Baghdad Country Club, a place where people could relax with a beer during the bloodiest years of the Iraq insurgency.

Nature, animals are endangered species in the world of children’s books

In the same week that the Guardian reports on a recent UK study showing that boys are closing the gap on girls in reading, a more sobering story has emerged detailing how animals and natural settings are fading from the books they read.

Could dwindling resources instigate a socioeconomic war across America?

Aren’t there studies about what happens when rats run out of water, or food, or space – and turn on their fellow rats? What if that were to happen in the United States, the land of plenty? Could we be looking at a breakdown of everyday social services? Author Thomas Byrne Edsall poses these questions and investigates the answers in his book, “The Age of Austerity: How Scarcity Will Remake American Politics.

Losing and finding love, American Muslim style

Do Muslim women fall in love, or do all of them succumb to arranged marriages? Is an arranged marriage completely loveless in the first place?

More and more Americans are "Going Solo"

In the book “Going Solo,” Eric Klinenberg reveals that more and more Americans are staying single and living alone, which he calls a huge demographic shift.

Comedian Sara Benincasa on beating agoraphobia and 'Downton Abbey'

In this podcast, we talk about mental health, "Downton Abbey," politics, Marvel Comics, religion, taking baths with other adults and much more, so check it out!

Author Druckerman on the art of French parenting

Pamela Druckerman joins the show to discuss her new book, "Bringing up Bebe," which provides the French yin to Amy Chua's "Tiger Mom" yang.