You're right. That is the author shot from the book, poorly cropped.
From the expression on your face, it is a bit unfortunate that the words "life-long obession" appear in the caption. Cropping out your other arm (and the pile of books it was resting on) makes you look like you've been on a multi-day Totoro bender and now Emo the Angry Pet Rock is coming for you.
Glad to know we can safely blame this on an NPR staffer instead of an about-to-be mother of two.