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5 YA books this winter dealing with identity and overcoming hardships

The pale daylight and early darkness of winter create a space for stories — in particular for stories that ask the reader to mull themes and ideas that can sometimes be difficult.(Image credit: Meghan Collins Sullivan/NPR)

Junk food companies say they're trying to do good. A new book raises doubts

As the marketing of soda and fast food ramps up around the world, the companies involved forge partnerships to help the poor. The new book 'Junk Food Politics' casts a critical eye at their efforts.(Image credit: Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images)

Trump sues Bob Woodward for releasing audio of their interviews without permission

The former president has made good on his threat to sue the Washington Post reporter over his use of interview recordings. The lawsuit seeks nearly $50 million in damages.(Image credit: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Audi Canada and Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Do special police units deter crime or lead to more prosecutions and convictions?

NPR's A Martinez talks to Paul Butler — law professor at Georgetown University, and author of the book Chokehold: Policing Black Men — about the culture and tactics of special police units.

After cancer diagnosis, a neurosurgeon sees life, death and his career in a new way

Dr. Henry Marsh felt comfortable in hospitals — until he was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. "I was much less self-assured now that I was a patient myself," he says. His book is And Finally. (Image credit: Image Source/Getty Images)

'Hot Dog' wins Caldecott, Newbery is awarded to 'Freewater'

Hot Dog, by Doug Salati, is about an overheated pup who finds his calm on a trip to the beach. Freewater, by Amina Luqman-Dawson, is about two enslaved children finding freedom.(Image credit: Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Making friends is easy when you're young, but it can be harder as you age

NPR's Life Kit offers tips on building and maintaining friendships from a psychologist who compiled a how-to guide for navigating them. (Story first aired on All Things Considered on Sept. 10, 2022.)

Nick Brooks on his new young adult novel 'Promise Boys'

NPR's Ayesha Rascoe speaks with author Nick Brooks about his new young adult novel, "Promise Boys," which follows the story of three Black boys after they are accused of a murder.

Marie Kondo revealed she's 'kind of given up' on being so tidy. People freaked out

The creator of the KonMari method says there are other things that spark joy besides a totally tidy home.(Image credit: Seth Wenig/AP)

Scott Simon talks with Martin Patience about his new novel 'The Darker the Night'

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Scottish writer — and Weekend Edition producer — Martin Patience about his new political thriller, "The Darker the Night."

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