Nov 4, 2013 — Journalist Hooman Majd's new book, The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay, was inspired by the year he and his young American family spent in Tehran, where Majd was born. He tells Fresh Air about the country's long-standing tradition of sulking, and what sets Tehran apart from most other Islamic metropolises.
Sep 8, 2013 — Strayed's half-sister checked Wild out of the public library because she thought it looked like an interesting travel book. She was about halfway through the first chapter when she realized that she and the author shared the same father.
Jul 16, 2013 — It's a tragedy, perhaps, but books do go out of print. Sometimes it's a slow march toward elimination, others pass out of sight before they've had a chance to shine. But reviewer and editor Parul Sehgal recommends five that have come back to life.
Aug 22, 2013 — Tell Me More's summer reading series, 'Island Reads,' highlights authors from the Caribbean. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to Julia Alvarez. Her book A Wedding In Haiti gives readers a peek into the county that Alvarez calls 'the sister I hardly knew.'
Aug 9, 2013 — The Telling Room, about Michael Paterniti's mission to taste the finest cheeses, debuts at No. 15.
Aug 3, 2013 — Jennifer Lin-Liu's On the Noodle Road takes readers on a journey along the former Silk Road, looking for the origins of the noodle. But reviewer T. Susan Chang says that the book gets tied into knots when the quest turns cold.
Jul 9, 2013 — Have you ever found yourself in the library or a bookstore, about to leave for vacation, with no idea what books to bring? Well, never fear. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to three book critics about the best reads of the summer.
Jun 28, 2013 — Appearing at No. 1, Wild recounts Cheryl Strayed's 1,000-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Jun 18, 2013 — When's the last time you read a comic book? Here are five for summer, covering everything from tiny Finnish critters to Viennese punk rockers and musings on Anna Wintour. Writer Myla Goldberg says they represent a golden age in comic art.
Jun 2, 2013 — Journalist Anna Badkhen chronicles life in a small Afghan village in her new book, The World Is A Carpet. A village of 240 people, Oqa survives on an old-time tradition of carpet weaving. Residents earn about 40 cents a day for carpets that eventually sell for $5,000 to $20,000 abroad.