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- Are Danes Really That Happy? The Myth Of The Scandinavian Utopia
Are the Nordic countries really the utopias they're cracked up to be? NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Michael Booth about his new book that attempts to answer that question. [Sun, Feb. 1]
- 'History Of Lonliness' Explores The Complexity Of Priest Sex Abuse
A History of Loneliness addresses the difficult subject of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with author John Boyne about his novel. [Sun, Feb. 1]
- Be More Awesome — With Help From Kid President
Kid President (aka 11-year-old Robby Novak) is an Internet sensation whose sunny, personality-driven YouTube videos have garnered over 75 million views. Now, he's written a book on how to be awesome. [Sun, Feb. 1]
- Impressions From The Ice: A Poet Returns From Antarctica
Jynne Dilling Martin spent six weeks living on the bottom of the world and watching scientists work. The experience inspired many of the poems in her new collection, We Mammals in Hospitable Times. [Sat, Jan. 31]
- Prime Minister Loses His Noggin But Keeps Talking In 'Head Of State'
Who says a beheaded man can't still be head of state? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with British journalist, author and TV host Andrew Marr about his novel, Head of State. [Sat, Jan. 31]