Apr 20, 2014 — Author Craig Nova recommends three books that take a fresh approach to the age-old bildungsroman. The experience of growing up is both universal and unique — and, in these books, timeless.
Dec 26, 2012 — The Virgin Suicides takes teenage angst to the extreme. Writer, blogger and professional teenager Tavi Gevinson explains why it's a book she can't put down, year after adolescent year.
Mar 14, 2012 — Novelists Patricia Marx and Meg Wolitzer take a fresh look at romance, while Samuel Park explores how its fallout leads to an unlikely immigration trajectory for his Korean heroine. In nonfiction, James Gleick explores information theory, Antonio Damasio rethinks consciousness, and Joshua Foer investigates the nature of memory.
Mar 8, 2012 — Joshua Foer explores techniques to improve memory in Moonwalking with Einstein. It debuts at No. 5.
Feb 24, 2012 — Science fiction's job is to give us a map of where we're headed. From Jules Verne to William Gibson, sci-fi authors describe their visions of the future, and how people might live in it. We ask Intel's futurist for his list of favorite sci-fi books.
Dec 13, 2011 — NPR's go-to librarian would like you to meet some friends of hers — from six novels and one work of history. As you read, these artfully developed characters will become more and more real. Pearl says that when the stories ended, she was left longing for the people she'd met between the pages.
Nov 9, 2011 — It's all about fiction this week with a stunning magical realist debut from the young Tea Obreht, a fantastical family fable from Walter Mosley, Matt Rees' conspiracy-laden historical drama about Mozart's sister, and a haunting novel of colonialism gone awry by Swedish author Henning Mankell.
Sep 16, 2011 — Four strangers' lives are thrown into disarray in Nicole Krauss' Great House. It debuts at No. 15.
Sep 7, 2011 — National Book Award finalist Nicole Krauss returns, along with supernatural romance writer Charlaine Harris, British pop novelist Allison Pearson and melodramatist Scott Spencer, while NPR host Michele Norris shares a story of parental sacrifice and the search for a better America.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Pregnant Widow: Inside History by Martin Amis. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.