Oct 10, 2013 — A young baseball player who gets hit by a fastball must find the courage to step back up to the plate. Michael Northrop, the author of Plunked, is no stranger to overcoming obstacles — he's dyslexic, and he says that learning to read was a real struggle when he was a kid: "I can't read fast. I can read carefully, though."
Jun 13, 2013 — Looking for a great read for a kid age 9-14? Here are all the titles our kids' book club has read since we launched in 2011. We revisit classics like Black Beauty and The Phantom Tollbooth and explore new stories like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Graveyard Book.
Jul 13, 2011 — Dan Kois picks five hilarious new books to lift you out of the summer swelter. Go ahead: Laugh, giggle or guffaw until you sweat!
May 16, 2011 — In The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt, Jon-Jon Goulian offers a witty and engaging — if not particularly insightful — reflection on his transformation from shy child to outrageous Manhattan scenester.
Mar 23, 2011 — Jennifer Egan paints an inventive portrait of a record executive and his employee, while Anna Quindlen plumbs the life of a suburban mother. Mitch Albom tells the story of two clergymen, Carol Burnett remembers her TV variety show, and Marion Meade looks at the wacky life of writer Nathanael West.
Apr 21, 2010 — The best-selling author explores her darker side in Every Last One, a tale about a mother whose ordinary suburban life is shattered when her family is violently traumatized by a trusted friend.
May 25, 2007 — In a new book, Al Gore takes a harsh look at the media's fascination with flash over substance and a lack of courage among politicians of both parties.
Oct 25, 2004 — The so-called "politics of fear" has become a mainstay on every presidential campaign stop. NPR's Tavis Smiley talks about the use of fear in the present and past campaigns with Clarence Lusane of American University's School of International Service, and Corey Robin, author of Fear: The History of a Political Idea.