Books

PHOTOS: Re-enactor uses old camera to make Civil War-era images (slideshow)

"It's a way for them to get away from the 21st Century. Get away from cell phones, get away from their jobs. And it's a rude awakening when they do have to go back home."

Lawrence Wright’s 'Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of Belief'

Author Lawrence Wright's controversial new book on Scientology cites unflattering, even frightening, accounts of the control the church over its members. Scientology officials respond by saying his book is filled with errors and call him bigoted. How does Wright react?

Jane Austen's classic novel 'Pride & Prejudice' turns 200

Jane Austen's classic novel "Pride and Prejudice" turns 200 today. What makes this piece of literature still relevant two centuries since its first publication?

Marvel Comics writer Sam Humphries brings X-Men to Los Angeles

“Uncanny X-Force” is an X-Men book that also happens to be one of the rare Marvel comics set on the West Coast — right here in Los Angeles.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal tells real war stories in new memoir

In his new memoir, General Stanley A. McChrystal tells his side of the story on the War on Terror, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

New book traces link between early computer and atomic bomb

In Turing’s Cathedral, George Dyson tackles the origins of today’s digital universe, tracing them back to John von Neumann and a group of scientists and mathematicians that worked on building advanced computers, and expanding Alan Turing’s concept of a universal machine into a history-altering reality.

A new chapter? The e-reader library without books

Imagine a library with only computers and gadgets. That's the vision of one Texas county that plans to launch a digital-only public library. A librarian argues the plan may be too ambitious.

'Farewell Fred Voodoo' captures the functioning chaos of post-quake Haiti

This past weekend marked the third anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti that killed as many as 300,000 people and left nearly a million people homeless. Yet three years on the crisis continues with 350,000 Haitians still in relief camps.

Justice Sotomayor's amazing rise told in 'My Beloved World'

Intelligent, gregarious and at times disarmingly personal, Justice Sonia Sotomayor's memoir – "My Beloved World" – recounts her trailblazing journey from the Bronx to the Supreme Court.

Librarian Mara Alpert's favorite children's books of 2012

Our favorite children's librarian Mara Alpert joins the show to recommend her favorite children's books for the holidays.

'Living with Guns' author calls for compromise on gun control

In "Living with Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment," former NY Times reporter Craig R. Whitney highlights the need for an effective discussion from both sides about gun control.

There's self-published authors, and then there's Andrew Dolan

In my inbox this morning was a pitch for an intriguing—if a bit dated—self-published book called Where to Find a Husband. It's a weird a premise, of course.

New York Times writer Eric Asimov on 'How To Love Wine'

Eric Asimov, chief wine writer for the New York Times, shares his musings on the wine life in a new book, "How to Love Wine: A Memoir and a Manifesto."

'Soul Repair' examines how military vets suffer from moral injury

In the book "Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After the War," co-author Rita Nakashima Brock examines the powerful sense of shame, grief and remorse many soldiers feel because their experiences conflict deeply with their morals.

'Bottled Up' looks at how baby-feeding methods have come to define motherhood

In her new book, writer Suzanne Barston looks at how baby-feeding methods have come to define motherhood.

NPR librarian invites readers to 'Learn Something New Every Day'

In her new book, "Learn Something New Every Day: 365 Facts to Fulfill Your Life," NPR librarian Kee Malesky enlightens readers on 365 little-known facts.