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In need of a good read? Or just want to keep up with the books everyone's talking about? NPR's Book of the Day gives you today's very best writing in a snackable, skimmable, pocket-sized podcast. Whether you're looking to engage with the big questions of our times – or temporarily escape from them – we've got an author who will speak to you, all genres, mood and writing styles included. Catch today's great books in 15 minutes or less.

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    • 4.6 • 59 Ratings

In need of a good read? Or just want to keep up with the books everyone's talking about? NPR's Book of the Day gives you today's very best writing in a snackable, skimmable, pocket-sized podcast. Whether you're looking to engage with the big questions of our times – or temporarily escape from them – we've got an author who will speak to you, all genres, mood and writing styles included. Catch today's great books in 15 minutes or less.

    Food is a gateway to the new and familiar in 'Crying in H Mart' and 'Gastro Obscura'

    Food is a gateway to the new and familiar in 'Crying in H Mart' and 'Gastro Obscura'

    Authors Michelle Zauner and Cecily Wong explain how our relationship with food goes far beyond its nutritional value: it's a gateway to old memories and new experiences.

    • 17 min
    Karl Ove Knausgaard didn't mean to write a 666-page book

    Karl Ove Knausgaard didn't mean to write a 666-page book

    In The Morning Star, Knausgaard returns to his fiction-writing roots with a story about the uncanny events that unfold after the appearance of a new star.

    • 8 min
    Stephanie Grisham is — yes, really — taking our questions now

    Stephanie Grisham is — yes, really — taking our questions now

    In this interview on her new memoir 'I'll Take Your Questions Now,' Stephanie Grisham is finally talking to the press about her time in the Trump White House.

    • 13 min
    How Colin Powell Wanted The World To Remember Him

    How Colin Powell Wanted The World To Remember Him

    Colin Powell left behind a long, complicated legacy in Washington when he died on October 18. In this 2012 interview, he reckoned with the role he played in the Iraq War.

    • 9 min
    Amor Towles' new book is about a road trip that takes more than a few U-turns

    Amor Towles' new book is about a road trip that takes more than a few U-turns

    Amor Towles talks to NPR's Scott Simon about his new novel, The Lincoln Highway, an elegant yarn about four kids in a Studebaker road-tripping through 1950s America.

    • 8 min
    In song and poetry, 'Nina' and 'Just Us' offer ways to start a conversation on race

    In song and poetry, 'Nina' and 'Just Us' offer ways to start a conversation on race

    After the protests last year, we heard the phrase "racial reckoning" a lot, as some groups of people struggled to catch up with what's just been reality for many others. This week we've got two books that might help you reckon with that reckoning, in two different ways: Traci Todd and illustrator Christian Robinson's bright and powerful picture book biography Nina: A Story of Nina Simone and poet Claudia Rankine's Just Us: An American Conversation, in which she puts together poetry, essays and images to bring readers into an uncomfortable but necessary conversation about race.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

CaribBelle ,

Bite size book discussions are a major treat

A true pleasure: excellent books and incisive commentary I can consume in a 10 minute or less.

WV Lynn ,

Great Idea for a Podcast

I don’t have time to listen to all NPR programs but often find myself on website looking up stories about books & authors. Now they appear here. So a few minutes a day & I can catch up on any stories I’ve missed. Great way to repurpose stories (I hate to say content) <smile>

Icamtldc ,

So excited for this!

Thanks NPR 🤓📚😍🛋

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