Mar 7, 2013 — Marisa Silver's new novel, Mary Coin, is a fictionalized look at a famous Depression-era photograph: Dorothea Lange's iconic "Migrant Mother." Reviewer Heller McAlpin says Silver skilfully weaves together different eras and narratives, creating "quietly heroic yet very human characters."
Feb 28, 2013 — Marisa Silver's new novel imagines the meeting of a Depression-era photographer and her now-iconic subject. Giving the characters different names but similar stories to their real-life counterparts, Silver tackles big questions about the morality of art.
Feb 12, 2012 — Franklin Delano Roosevelt was subject to the kind of vitriol we often see directed at Barack Obama today. But some of FDR's opponents didn't stop at talk: a new book details a starting plot to overthrow FDR and replace him with a fascist military government.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Water for Elephants: A Novel by Sara Gruen. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 6, 2011 — In the summer of 1893 and at the beginning of an economic depression, President Grover Cleveland disappeared for four days to have secret surgery on a yacht. Author Matthew Algeo recounts the episode, and the lengths Cleveland went to to cover it up, in The President Is a Sick Man.
Dec 23, 2009 — Many of the picks from Fresh Air's book critic look back at tough times from earlier eras, or lives upended by disaster. The best books of the year include a work of nonfiction that reveals the hidden fantasy land of a founder of American industry, and a novel that doesn't apologize for the bad behavior of its characters. Plus, a bonus mystery pick.
Oct 30, 2009 — How long has it been since you felt the needle jab of panic or were startled to glimpse a pale face in the window? Nothing makes you feel more alive — or cherish the relative safety and normalcy of life — than dangling your foot over the edge of a cliff and then withdrawing it. These books will do just that.
Sep 22, 2009 — Literary critic Morris Dickstein's new book, Dancing in the Dark gives a bright (and thorough!) look at the Great Depression via the art that illuminated a dark era.
Sep 22, 2009 — Morris Dickstein's dazzling new cultural history of the Great Depression, called Dancing in the Dark, is one of those "everything but the kitchen sink" kind of books — that really works.
May 9, 2009 — Richard Posner is one of the county's leading libertarian thinkers. He and his compatriots at the University of Chicago have put their trust in free, unfettered and barely regulated markets. But the title of his new book suggests a recent change of heart. It's called A Failure of Capitalism.