City and town life
Nov 5, 2013 — In softcover fiction, Jill McCorkle's cluster of retirees faces death with humor and sorrow. In nonfiction, Lawrence Wright peeks into the world of Scientology, Simon Garfield charts a history of maps, Jonathan Cott recalls his friendship with John and Yoko, Duncan Wall spins yarns about the circus and Mark Binelli welcomes us to his Detroit.
Nov 1, 2013 — Brandon Stanton challenges the conventional wisdom that you shouldn't talk to strangers.
Sep 20, 2013 — Jonathan Lethem's tale of two leftist generations, Dissident Gardens, debuts at No. 8.
Sep 13, 2013 — A 7-year-old girl goes missing in Edwidge Danticat's Claire of the Sea Light. It debuts at No. 10.
Sep 11, 2013 — Jonathan Lethem's Dissident Gardens sketches a history of the American left that is at once intimate and expansive. Out of the lives of a few conflicted characters, reviewer Mohsin Hamid explains, the book lends depth and emotion to events that affected millions.
Sep 9, 2013 — His new book, Dissident Gardens, follows three generations of an activist family, from Rose, a secular Jew and communist, to Sergius, her commune-raised grandson. The book is fiction, but its characters were inspired by Lethem's own family story.
Aug 25, 2013 — Claire of the Sea Light is award-winning author Edwidge Danticat's newest work of fiction. She spoke to host Rachel Martin about how experiences of her own childhood in Haiti are reflected in her young protagonist.
Aug 5, 2013 — Earlier this summer, NPR's Backseat Book Club — our book club for young readers — asked you to weigh in on your favorite books for kids age 9-14. We heard from more than 2,000 of you, and our expert panel has whittled your hundreds and hundreds of nominations down to a list of 100 great reads.
Aug 2, 2013 — At No. 4, J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy tracks the rapid deterioration of an idyllic community.
Jul 30, 2013 — Millions of people worldwide are leaving rural areas for urban ones. NPR Cities Project editor Franklyn Cater highlights five books that examine and celebrate 21st century life in the metropolis.