Posted on January 5, 2021 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

NPR has interviewed the authors of two books that hit shelves today: Nick and Keep Sharp.

The former, by Michael Farris Smith, imagines what Nick Carraway, narrator of The Great Gatsby, went through in the years preceding the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.

As he tells Steve Inskeep, he actually wrote the novel five years ago with no knowledge of the copyright situation and couldn’t publish it until this year, when The Great Gatsby entered the public domain.

To learn more about Nick in the author’s words, head to NPR, and to hear a critical opinion, you can check out the New York Times’s review.

(In a nutshell, the reviewer loved the novel on its own, enough that he didn’t care that he couldn’t quite see the connection to the original work.)

On the nonfiction side, we have Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s new book about the brain, Keep Sharp.

He appeared on Fresh Air to tell Terry Gross about the latest research, ways to improve your cognitive health, and the mental myths that have recently (or long-ago) been debunked.

You can read highlights from or a complete transcript of the interview on NPR or listen to the entire conversation below.

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