Aug 18, 2013 — Every new generation of immigrants must meet the age-old challenges of building a new home — assimilation and conformity, old habits and new cultures, adjustment and isolation. Author Helene Wecker shares with us three books that explore the complexities of life on foreign shores.
Mar 1, 2013 — At No. 8, Madeleine Albright's Prague Winter recounts her childhood in Czechoslovakia.
Sep 30, 2012 — Susan Isaacs' latest novel revolves around Gloria Garrison, a 79-year-old CEO with a multimillion-dollar makeover business. Isaacs says her female characters don't need to be likable, but they should "fight for something beyond themselves."
May 9, 2012 — Daily Beast and Newsweek editor Tina Brown explores the character and experiences of political resisters in modern Russia and in World War II-era Czechoslovakia.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Plot Against America by Philip Roth. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Crossing California by Adam Langer. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jun 2, 2006 — Matt Tannenbaum of The Bookstore in Lenox, Mass., recommends Crossing California by Adam Langer in his conversation about summer reading with Susan Stamberg on Morning Edition. "As a widowed man raising two teenage girls myself," Tannenbaum says, "I can attest to the accuracy of the emotional truths Langer portrays."
Nov 1, 2005 — "I was incredibly moved by descriptions of deep patriotism and love of this country's ideals," writes NPR.org visitor Adrian of Roth's 2004 novel.
Jun 7, 2005 — Melissa Bank, author of The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, offers the story of Sophie Applebaum from girlhood to womanhood in this summer pick from critic Alan Cheuse.
Mar 12, 2005 — When Scott Simon got in the back of Will Grozier's London taxi, the conversation was so lively that Simon still turns to him for reading suggestions. Grozier offers a list of what he's been reading lately.