books en An 'Unlikely Pilgrimage' Toward Happiness Rachel Joyce's<em> </em>novel<em> The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry</em> is about a man who very suddenly, with no warning or planning, sets off on a pilgrimage from the very southernmost part of England to the very northernmost part. It's a old-fashioned pilgrimage: He walks all the way, talking to the people he meets, on his way to the bedside of his old friend Queenie, who is dying.<p>Harold's pilgrimage is unlikely "in that this is a man who's only ever walked to the car," Joyce tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer. Sun, 22 Jul 2012 12:05:51 +0000 editor 14985 at An 'Unlikely Pilgrimage' Toward Happiness 'Our Kind': Unpacking Misconceptions About AIDS Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>A new book about global attitudes to the AIDS epidemic in Africa, lays some of the blame at the door of Joseph Conrad. Conrad's novel "Heart of Darkness," says the author - who's Uzodinma Iweala - connected inferiority and disease with Africa and Africans, in way which is still evident today. Uzodinma Iweala was himself was born in Washington D.C., the city with the worst incidence of AIDS in the United States. Sat, 21 Jul 2012 11:35:00 +0000 National Public Radio 14964 at Get Revved Up: London Cabbie Picks Olympic Reads At the end of July, thousands of visitors will descend on one of the great literary landscapes of history for the London Olympics. And if they're lucky, they may find themselves getting a ride from a man who drives for a living, but lives to read. London cabbie Will Grozier occasionally joins <em>Weekend Edition</em> to discuss what he's been reading. Lately, he's been thinking about books for the London Olympics visitor — reads that put both the games and the host city in context. He shares his recommendations with NPR's Scott Simon. Sat, 21 Jul 2012 10:06:00 +0000 National Public Radio 14944 at Get Revved Up: London Cabbie Picks Olympic Reads Novels For The Science-Attuned Brain By the time this post goes up, I'll be vacationing in New Jersey. (No jokes please!) My destinations are Springsteen Country and the beach, or as we say in my home state, The Shore.<p>Novel-reading on the beach is one way I'll relax. During some future fantasy vacation, I'd love to do nothing <em>but</em> read, inhaling a book a day.<p>In case anyone wants to try that out, here are five recommendations for books I've recently enjoyed in my favorite genre: novels that reward a science-attuned brain. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 15:38:32 +0000 National Public Radio 14902 at Novels For The Science-Attuned Brain Staying Up Late: 5 Picks For The Ravenous Reader It's late. The clock is ticking. You have to be awake again in 6 hours. You're exhausted.<p>But you just really want to finish this one chapter.<p>One of your eyes starts to close — that's OK, you'll rest it for a minute, and then you'll rest the other one. You just want to stay awake to finish the next couple of pages.<p>This book is too good. You can't stop; you must know what happens.<p>Sometimes a book is better than sleep. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 21:42:13 +0000 National Public Media 14861 at Staying Up Late: 5 Picks For The Ravenous Reader