The Week's 5 Best Stories From NPR Books
Jul 14, 2014 — The South African Nobel laureate was an associate of Nelson Mandela's, and while she was never imprisoned, several of her books were banned by the government. She died Sunday at the age of 90.
Jul 15, 2014 — A new graphic novel written by Gene Luen Yang re-imagines the Green Turtle, a mysterious superhero created during World War II, as the American-born son of Chinese immigrants.
Jul 15, 2014 — Tales about travel don't always end well: Planes crash into jungles and ships run aground. For NPR's "Book Your Trip" series, Lynn Neary considers the rich genre of travel disaster literature.
Jul 13, 2014 — Although she's loath to admit it, author Cristina Henriquez used to love Sweet Valley High. She explains why this "all-American" series meant so much to her as an awkward half-Panamanian 5th grader.
Jul 12, 2014 — There's a vibrant collecting community for old 78rpm records, ancestors of today's iTunes single. Music writer Amanda Petrusich got sucked in while writing her new book, Do Not Sell at Any Price.
Jul 8, 2014 — Was "I think I can" the grandmother of "lean in?" Some readers see the plucky locomotive as a parable about working women, but in some versions of the story the protagonist was male.
Jul 8, 2014 — Despite the lack of real-life crime on the Scottish islands, author Ann Cleeves has found plenty of inspiration there. "I love the idea of long, low horizons with secrets hidden underneath," she says.
Jul 5, 2014 — How do you dig deeper into someone who's already so open about her life, her hopes, her fears? NPR's Annalisa Quinn talks to Gay about her writing, and about not acting happy if you don't feel happy.
Jul 7, 2014 — The author's female leads are plus-sized, and sometimes, instead of falling in love, they are just trying to stay in it. Her new book, Landline, opens with a marriage on the verge of collapse.
Jul 7, 2014 — California tells the story of a couple who, when they learn they are having a baby, leave their solitary refuge in a forest for a Utopian community in post-apocalyptic America.