Jun 15, 2013 — "Stories are compasses and architecture," says author Rebecca Solnit. "We navigate by them, we build our sanctuaries and prisons out of them, and to be without a story is to be lost in the vastness of the world."
May 29, 2013 — Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra both followed in their father's footsteps and became physicians. But while one chose Western medicine, the other took a spiritual approach. Now they've teamed up for a memoir, Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream.
Feb 8, 2013 — In a new memoir, Sampson Davis describes what it was like to return to the hospital where he was born to become an emergency physician. He says his mother taught him that "once you make it, you have to come back and help other people."
Mar 19, 2012 — Author and secretary Lynn Peril knows that writing on the job is a time-honored tradition. She recommends three books that were written while the boss was looking the other way. Have you ever composed a novel at your day job? Tell us about it in the comments.
Mar 19, 2012 — Science writer Dick Teresi and transplant surgeon Richard Freeman discuss the ethics of transplant surgery and how doctors determine the point between life and death.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life by Marion Roach Smith. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 13, 2011 — Everyone has a story to tell, but memoir writer Marion Roach Smith says making those stories interesting and readable is harder than it looks. She gives her dos and don'ts for memoir writing in The Memoir Project.
Jun 15, 2011 — Dr. David Ansell's experiences treating patients at Chicago's public hospital for 17 years turned him into a strong advocate for national health care reform. He details what it was like to work with Chicago's uninsured patient population in a new memoir and social history.
Dec 24, 2009 — From St. Augustine's Confessions, to Frederick Douglass' journey from slave to abolitionist, to Sarah Palin's account of "going rogue," the experiences, triumphs and travails of others have enthralled readers for centuries. Journalist and author Ben Yagoda discusses his new book, Memoir: A History.