After the dawn of the 20th century, popular fiction could be found at the corner newstand by a nation eager for the tales. Each issue was printed on cheap, pulpy paper that was soon synonymous with the lurid style typical of the contents. The pulps have a well-earned reputation for purple prose, but there was gold amongst the dross.
House of Exile, by Evelyn Juers, is a "collective biography" of the artists and intellectuals whose lives were uprooted, torn apart, or annihilated by the Nazi regime. At the center of this unusual book are Heinrich Mann (brother to Thomas Mann, author of Death in Venice) and his second wife, Nelly Kroeger Mann. To an American reader, Heinrich is the lesser known Mann brother, though he was equally prolific — the author of novels and political essays on the pitfalls of both Fascism and Communism.
Olive Stephens was elected mayor of Shady Shores, Texas, in 1972. Richard Nixon was president, and the TV show Dallas had yet to premiere. Thirty-nine years later, Mayor Stephens is preparing to retire this month. She is leaving office at age 94.
President Obama is still riding high after last week's military operation that killed Osama bin Laden. The question now: Can the president convert that success into increased clout as he addresses the economy and immigration — while his team works with Congress on the budget?
NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro profiles a council member in rebel-held Misrata, Libya. The man's father was killed recently in shelling. And, rockets keep his daughter up at night. But he says trying to establish a new government is his most important work.