Lynn Neary

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While Everyone Was Partying At Woodstock, I Was Stuck At Schrafft's

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The chain restaurant that catered to women helped redefine how Americans eat, according to a new book. For NPR's Lynn Neary, it also defined how she did and didn't fit with the counterculture.


In Banned Books Scavenger Hunt, The Prize Is Literary 'Smut'

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The D.C. public library has hidden books throughout the city in stores, libraries and cafes. They're covered in black dust jackets with labels like FILTHY, TRASHY and PROFANE. Can you find all six?


Man Booker Spotlights Novelists New To The Award's Short List

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Organizers have revealed the six authors still in the British literary competition. It's the first time five of them have been in the last round. The prize is 50,000 pounds and often better sales.


Idea For 'Gentleman In Moscow' Came From Many Nights In Luxury Hotels

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

During the 20 years he worked for an investment firm, Amor Towles spent a lot of time in fancy hotels. His new novel follows a Russian aristocrat sentenced to house arrest at the Metropol in Moscow.


Jacqueline Woodson's New Novel For Adults Has Its Roots In Adolescence

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Best known for her kids' and young adult books, Woodson has written her first adult novel in 20 years. Another Brooklyn is a dreamlike narrative about friendship, memory and dealing with death.


Publishers' Dilemma: Judge A Book By Its Data Or Trust The Editor's Gut?

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Sophisticated ways of tracking reading habits give publishers hard data that reveals the kinds of books people want to read. But a veteran editor says numbers only go so far in telling the story.


Can Serialized Fiction Convert Binge Watchers Into Binge Readers?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

As TV dramas get better and better, publishers are getting into the game with serialized fiction. Some are even referring to what they publish as "episodes" and "seasons" rather than "books."


Shooting In Baton Rouge Leaves 3 Officers Dead

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Three law enforcement officers are dead and at least three more are wounded in Baton Rouge, La. this morning. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to Jesse Hardman of member station WWNO about the latest.


When Violence Is A Constant, How Do We Deal?

Saturday, July 09, 2016

This week, video brought us real people dying in real time. It wasn't in Bangladesh; it wasn't in Baghdad. It was here at home. When violence becomes the norm, how do we not become numb?


Harry Potter Inc. Hopes To Re-Create The Magic, Hogwarts And All, With 'Cursed Child'

Monday, June 20, 2016

Lynn Neary wonders whether the latest "Harry Potter story" (technically the script of a new play) merits the marketing push it's getting.


In 'The Girls,' A Teen's Need To Be Noticed Draws Her Into A Manson-Like Cult

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Emma Cline's debut novel was inspired by the infamous Manson family murders. But Cline says it wasn't the cult that fascinated her — it was the young girls who were so taken by it.


The Editor's Epic: Maxwell Perkins Makes For An Unlikely Big-Screen Hero

Saturday, June 11, 2016

The legendary editor nurtured the likes of Hemingway and Fitzgerald. But it was taming Thomas Wolfe's massive tomes that was perhaps his greatest feat. Now, that struggle has inspired a film.


Exploring The 'Quiet New York' With Emma Straub

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Straub's new book, Modern Lovers, is a tale of old friendships, secrets and family entanglements set in a part of Brooklyn writers often ignore: leafy, largely residential Ditmas Park.


Ice Is Nice, But Do I Have To Say Venti To Get A Large Coffee?

Saturday, May 07, 2016

A woman is suing Starbucks for putting too much ice in her iced coffee. NPR's Lynn Neary wonders if asking the barista for light ice could fix things, then decries the Starbucks' naming conventions.


'Heat & Light' Digs For The Soul Of Coal Country

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

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.


From Tahrir To Tiananmen, 'City Squares' Can't Escape Their History

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Governments have tried to erase the evidence of some squares' troubled pasts, but that doesn't mean they've been forgotten. A new book gathers writers' thoughts about famous squares around the world.


Make Way For Celebration: These Ducklings Are Turning 75

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Robert McCloskey was a young artist when he brought a crate of ducks back to his studio apartment. Since then, the plucky Mallard family (Jack, Lack, Mack, et al.) has charmed its way into our hearts.


'You Cannot Shame Me': 2 New Books Tear Down 'Fat Girl' Stereotypes

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Authors Sarai Walker and Mona Awad were tired of the way fat characters were — and weren't — portrayed in fiction. Dietland and 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl attack a culture of stigmatization.


For A Young Irish Artist And Author, Words Are Anchored In Images

Thursday, March 17, 2016

"I see the world and then I describe it," says Sara Baume. Her debut novel, Spill Simmer Falter Wither, is a "very atypical love story" between a troubled man and his adopted one-eyed dog.


'The Martian' Started As A Self-Published Book

Saturday, February 27, 2016

The movie that was nominated for several Oscars began as a self-published book by Andy Weir. NPR's Lynn Neary looks at how an unknown author's book became a hit audio book and major motion picture.