Jul 3, 2014 — Jacqueline Winspear — author of the Maisie Dobbs mysteries — tackles the anniversary of World War I with a standalone novel following four intertwined, war-scarred lives, at home and in the trenches.
Jun 20, 2014 — Arlo Crawford's parents started the kind of small, organic farm that's now trendy, back before it was trendy. But it was his parents' dream, not his. He's now written a book about the experience.
Nov 20, 2013 — On Tuesday night, finalists for the National Book Awards read from their nominated works at The New School in New York City. The National Book Foundation will announce the winners Wednesday night.
Dec 12, 2012 — Author Wendy Welch shares her favorite book about small-town life that defy stereotypes. What is your favorite work that takes a bite out of literary tradition? Tell us in the comments.
Nov 29, 2012 — Critic Alan Cheuse maps out a winter wonderland of fiction and poetry — from ancient Greece to the near-future visions of Walter Mosley, a selection of the best books to give and receive this holiday season. Cheuse says these five books strike the perfect balance between lyricism and narrative.
May 23, 2012 — This week, there's fresh fiction from Pulitzer finalist Denis Johnson, novelist Tom Perrotta and newspaperman Pete Hamill; plus, travel editor Mark Adams explores Machu Picchu; Melissa Coleman reminisces about growing up off the grid; and Howard Means looks at the life of Johnny Appleseed.
May 2, 2012 — Jessie Knadler's book, Rurally Screwed, tells a deceptively nuanced story about marriage and change, says commentator Martha Woodroof.
Oct 24, 2011 — In the bucolic setting of The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker, the joys and pitfalls of sibling rivalry are given new life. Author Amy Waldman says the book's sparse prose and stark setting provide the backdrop for a moving story of familial resentment.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker and David Colmer. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jun 30, 2011 — A good novel doesn't just transcend the boundaries of its target market — it knows nothing about target markets. Julianna Baggott recommends five "young adult" novels that will appeal to readers of all ages.