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Feb 2, 2012 — Adapted into an Oscar-nominated film, The Help sits at No. 4 in its 43rd week on the list.
Dec 22, 2011 — The Help — about the racial divides during the early 1960s — is on the list for a 37th week.
Aug 11, 2011 — With a film version in theaters, The Help sits at the top of the list for the 18th week in a row.
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.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Summer We Got Saved by Pat Cunningham Devoto. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of I Hotel by Karen Tei Yamashita. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Help by Kathryn Stockett. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Apr 28, 2011 — In fiction, John le Carre takes a cold look at the Russian mafia state, while Isabel Allende and Andrea Levy explore the contradictions of slavery, and Katherine Stockett probes 1960s Southern racial politics. In nonfiction, Ethan Watters decries the export of U.S. mental health treatments.
Dec 23, 2010 — Poet and critic Meghan O'Rourke selects her favorite poetry collections of the year, celebrating the "acrobatic glee" of lyrical language.
Nov 17, 2010 — On Tuesday evening in New York City, the finalists for the National Book Award gathered on the eve of the ceremony to read from their work. NPR was there to capture the celebration.