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- 'Heat And Light' Digs For The Soul Of Coal Country
Jennifer Haigh grew up in small town Pennsylvania, where jobs disappeared when coal mines closed. Her new novel explores the changes that mining — and now fracking — has brought to nearby communities. [Wed, May 4]
- To Play Sports Under Taliban Rule, 'Different Kind Of Daughter' Dressed As A Boy
Growing up in the tribal region of Pakistan, Maria Toorpakai pretended she was a boy in order to compete as a weightlifter. Later she became an internationally known squash player. [Wed, May 4]
- 'Where's Warhol?' Turns The Waldo Concept Into A Work Of Art
High art is highly entertaining in this grown-up goof on the Where's Waldo? books. Readers hunt down a tiny Andy Warhol against a series of elaborately detailed art and culture-themed backgrounds. [Wed, May 4]
- Unquiet Minds Make Absorbing Reading In 'Imagine Me Gone'
Adam Haslett's new novel focuses on a family tormented by father-and-son battles with chronic depression and anxiety. He captures the lasting reverberations of suicide with precision and tenderness. [Wed, May 4]
- 'Neither Snow Nor Rain' Celebrates History Of U.S. Postal Service
NPR's Robert Siegel talks with author Devin Leonard whose new book, Neither Snow Nor Rain, celebrates the history of the U.S. Postal Service. [Tue, May 3]