Dec 13, 2012 — Susan Stamberg presents the year's best books, picked by independent booksellers around the country. Selections range from gritty, free-verse fairy tales to ballerina photographs and a grim Southern story about a small town that would rather its ghosts remain at rest.
Nov 27, 2012 — When Parton told her high-school classmates that she planned to go to Nashville and become a star, the whole class burst into laughter. In her book Dream More, Parton explains the principles behind her success and describes how she became one of the best-selling recording artists of all time.
Nov 18, 2012 — The 79-year-old country singer has done a lot of living, and he's written about it more than once. His latest memoir takes a different tack, collecting his thoughts from long stretches on his tour bus.
Oct 8, 2012 — Rogers has two dozen No. 1 songs to his name, but rarely writes for himself. In the new memoir Luck or Something Like It, he explains how careful curation has helped his career last.
Apr 4, 2012 — Novelist Julie Otsuka returns with a tale of Japanese "picture brides" in the U.S., while Kyung-sook Shin explores the life of a Korean mother. Plus singer Shania Twain's account of overcoming poverty and divorce to hold her own as a country music star, actress Shirley MacLaine's ruminations on politics and life, and writer Wendy McClure's immersion in the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Mar 28, 2012 — Margaret Drabble's short stories reveal the contours of her life over the past 50 years, while Leslie Daniels explores a woman's life after divorce, and mystery writer Donna Leon looks into the death of a widow. Plus two new biographies explore the lives of Gypsy Rose Lee and Nashville songwriter Rodney Crowell.
Sep 29, 2011 — Jonathan Franzen's much-discussed Freedom arrives in paperback, along with selected stories from William Trevor and a new Rick Bass novel set in 1950s Nashville. In nonfiction, Nelson Mandela opens the archives to his past, and Ian Frazier explores Siberia.
Jul 27, 2011 — NPR coverage of Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business by Dolly Parton. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 26, 2011 — NPR coverage of Johnny Cash: The Biography by Michael Streissguth. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 4, 2011 — Country singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell brings his guitar into the studio and performs songs that relate to his memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks, about his rough-and-tumble childhood in East Texas.