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  • Questions For Oscar Martinez, Author Of 'The Beast'

    Salvadoran journalist Oscar Martinez has ridden the train known as "the Beast" eight times, interviewing Central American migrants on their way to the U.S. He shares his experiences in the book The Beast. Alt.Latino asked him about the books he read that inspired him ¿ and what he'd take to read on a desert island.

  • Krauthammer's Tactical Advice For The Republican Party

    Charles Krauthammer once was a psychiatrist and a self-described "Great Society liberal." Now he's a Pulitzer Prize-winning, nationally syndicated conservative columnist. His new book, Things That Matter, presents a selection of his writings from three decades spent observing politics and culture.

  • 'Blockbusters': Go Big Or Go Home, Says Harvard Professor

    Anita Elberse's new book, Blockbusters, examines the strategy behind making and marketing megahits. She tells NPR's Renee Montagne that content companies ¿ publishers, movie studios and the like ¿ can create blockbusters by dedicating most of their budgets to a select few likely winners.

  • 'Boxers & Saints' & Compassion: Questions For Gene Luen Yang

    Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang's new book, Boxers & Saints, has been nominated for a National Book Award. It's the tale of a young Chinese boy and girl whose lives are upended by the Boxer Rebellion. Yang tells NPR's Petra Mayer that he was inspired by the controversial canonization of several Chinese saints in 2000.

  • At Guantanamo, 'Sketching' Defendants, Witnesses And KSM's Nose

    Janet Hamlin was the only courtroom sketch artist allowed at the Guantanamo Bay military tribunals. Her work has been collected in a new book, Sketching Guantanamo ¿ and she tells NPR's Renee Montagne that getting Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's nose right ended up being a challenge.

  • Oct. 21-27: Movies, Marathons And A Shrinking Middle Class

    In softcover fiction, Emma Donoghue imagines migrations and meanderings. In nonfiction, David Denby warns of film's descent into spectacle, Jake Tapper memorializes an ill-fated military outpost, Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele examine the dwindling American middle class and Caleb Daniloff puts on his running shoes to confront his demons.

  • 'Wheelmen' Exposes Doping Culture And The Armstrong 'Conspiracy'

    Wall Street Journal reporters Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell say that champion cyclist Lance Armstrong was at the center of "the greatest sports conspiracy ever." Their book chronicles everything from group blood transfusions on the team bus to extensive efforts to silence and intimidate those who might expose the abuse.

  • Scott Adams Explains 'How To Fail At Almost Everything' (Except Dilbert)

    Adams managed to turn his failure at office work into a gigantic success ¿ a syndicated comic strip about a hapless, cubicle-bound engineer. In his new book, How To Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big, Adams offers some sage advice such as: "Goals are for losers."

  • 'Murdoch's World': Inside One Of The Last Old Media Empires

    Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. now stretches from Australia to India, Great Britain and the United States. In a new book, NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik looks at how News Corp. publications covered the company's hacking scandals, and its punitive attitude toward critics.

  • Drinking To 'Numb,' Women Gain On Men In Alcohol Abuse

    Ann Dowsett Johnston is a successful journalist with five National Magazine Awards to her name; she's also struggled with an addiction to alcohol. In her new book, Drink, she combines her reporting skills and her personal experience to explore the specific dangers confronting women who drink.