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When Raymond Sokolov began writing about food, it was considered a specialty portfolio. Today, celebrity chefs abound in the U.S. and Britain, with cookbooks, TV shows and groupies. Host Scott Simon speaks with Sokolov about his new book, Steal the Menu: A Memoir of Forty Years in Food.
She found the photograph early in the day, while she was cleaning for spring, pulling a winter's collection of domestic detritus out from under the bed. Ticket stubs, grimy grocery notes, coffee-stained lined paper, and dead pens. Their life: movies, food, and books.
The gleaming stainless steel arch in St. Louis is, officially, a monument to westward expansion. But in The Gateway Arch: A Biography, Tracy Campbell argues that the monument's meaning is more complicated. He tells NPR about the controversies, the clout and the costs behind the 630-foot structure.
In his new book, pilot and columnist Patrick Smith explains why you have to turn off your cellphone for takeoff and landing, and why your ideas about autopilot are probably all wrong. He wants people to "re-appreciate the act of air travel. It's not as horrible as everybody thinks it is."
Crime sellers in the spotlight and Dan Brown’s “Inferno” makes its debut on the hardcover fiction list at No. 1.
The author of “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” calls Franzen her “big daddy” — “My favorite kind of book is a domestic drama that’s grounded in reality yet slightly unhinged.”
Janet Frame was saved from undergoing a lobotomy when a book of her stories won a local literary prize.
In the eyes of Patrick White’s two refugee children, most Australians are horrible and very few are kind.
The National Institute of Mental Health has distanced itself from the “D.S.M.,” the so-called bible of psychiatry, the fifth edition of which is published this week.
Amid entanglements between Russia and young Americans, a first novel explores the sense of betrayal in the loss of family and friends.