The Sound of Books
4:22 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Obama Foreign Policy Examined in New James Mann Book

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book by journalist and bestselling author James Mann: The Obamians: The Struggle Inside the White House to Redefine American Power.

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The Reading Life
1:50 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Hoda Kotb, Greg Herren and Julie Smith

The Sotomayor Interview
7:36 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

Sotomayor Opens Up About Childhood, Marriage In 'Beloved World'

Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor applauds during a reception in her honor at the White House.
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Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 3:35 pm

Over the course of time, Supreme Court justices have written 225 books. Few reveal much about the justices themselves, but Justice Sonia Sotomayor's autobiography, My Beloved World, is a searingly candid memoir about her life growing up in the tenements of the Bronx, going to Princeton and Yale Law School, becoming a prosecutor and a private corporate lawyer and, at age 38, becoming a federal judge.

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4:34 am
Sat January 12, 2013

The Seedy Underbelly Of The Belle Epoque, 'Painted'

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 11:54 am

Just who is The Little Dancer, Aged 14? Who is the actual girl, cast 2/3 of her life size by Edgar Degas?

That little dancer was Marie van Goethem, one of three sisters left to fend for themselves after their father dies and their mother begins spending her washerwoman's income on absinthe.

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The Sound of Books
3:33 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

'The Last Runaway' — A New Novel From Bestselling Author Tracy Chevalier

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new novel from New York Times-bestselling author Tracy Chevalier — The Last Runaway.

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The Reading Life
1:42 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Chris Champagne and Sheryl St. Germain



The Reading Life looks at Louisiana culture this week with native son Chris Champagne, author of The Yat Dictionary, and native daughter Sheryl St. Germain, author of Navigating Disaster:16 Essays of Love and a Poem of Despair.

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The Reading Life
1:40 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

Paul Elie and Andrei Codrescu

This week on The Reading Life: Paul Elie, author of Reinventing Bach, and Andrei Codrescu, whose new books are So Recently Rent a World and Bibliodeath: My Archives (With Life in Footnotes).

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Author Interviews
11:34 am
Fri December 28, 2012

'The Book Of Gin' Distills A Spirited History

Workers pose for a photo at the Hoboken de Bie & Co. gin distillery in Rotterdam, Netherlands, circa 1900. By the end of the 19th century, cocktail culture had helped make gin a more respectable spirit.
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Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 12:56 pm

Unlike a good martini, the story of gin isn't smooth; it's long, complex, sordid and, as Richard Barnett has discovered, it makes for tantalizing material. Barnett's newly published The Book of Gin traces the liquor's life, from its beginnings in alchemy to its current popularity among boutique distillers.

Barnett joins NPR's Renee Montagne to discuss the medicinal origins and changing reputation of gin.

Interview Highlights

On gin's medicinal origins

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Planet Money
11:26 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Are E-Books Actually Destroying Traditional Publishing?

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Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 3:58 pm

Conventional wisdom says e-books are destroying the traditional publishing business model. People pay less for e-books and that drives down price.

When you talk to publishers though, you realize the story's not that simple. One advantage of e-books is that they allow publishers to test different prices. With a physical book once you stamp the price on the cover, that's it. Online though, you can easily adjust the price weekly or even daily.

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4:45 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

E-Books Destroying Traditional Publishing? The Story's Not That Simple

Publishers are finding that flexible pricing on e-books can help bring in new readers.

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 8:40 pm

What counts as a book these days, in a world of Kindles, Nooks and iPads — and eager talk about new platforms and distribution methods?

Traditional publishers are traveling a long and confusing road into the digital future. To begin with, here's the conventional wisdom about publishing: E-books are destroying the business model.

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