Jun 23, 2011 — Edna O'Brien tells 11 tales of sex, love and death, and Steve Stern romps through 20th century Jewish history. Rebecca Traister surveys how the 2008 election changed politics for women, Darin Strauss absorbs a classmate's death, and Hilary Spurling resurrects Pearl S. Buck's life and fiction.
Dec 20, 2010 — Even in boom times, family conversations about politics, money and race tend to be explosive, and arguments get even more heated when times are tough. Consuming this year's feast of great nonfiction books will deepen your knowledge of our struggling world — and maybe guarantee victory at the dinner table.
Dec 9, 2010 — Fresh Air's resident book critic selects her favorite reads from the year, including Patti Smith's moving memoir, a feminist slant on election season and a new history of labor unions.
Oct 27, 2010 — In fiction, Pete Dexter repays his real-life debt to his stepfather and Tracy Chevalier explores the life of an uneducated woman who became a pioneering 19th century fossil hunter. In nonfiction, there's dish on Google and the 2008 campaign, and Zadie Smith's essays show faith in inconsistency.
Oct 21, 2010 — Since Sarah Palin reclaimed feminism for conservative women and coined the term 'mama grizzly,' a diverse field of women has stepped forward. Women in the midterm election challenge traditional notions of what female candidates should look like, how they should campaign and whose votes they can earn.
Sep 21, 2010 — Rebecca Traister's incisive analysis of misogyny and gender roles in the 2008 election takes on Tina Fey's satire, "Iron My Shirt" T-shirts and Hillary Clinton's "Night of the Imaginary Tears."
Jan 29, 2010 — The 2008 presidential election was the longest and most expensive in U.S. history. The campaign is now the subject of a book, Game Change, by two political reporters, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. The book has been making headlines with some of its revelations, but critic John Powers wonders whether that's a good thing.
Jan 23, 2010 — Mark Halperin's new book Game Change — which he co-authored with John Heilemann — details all the backbiting, sex, lying and anger that was the 2008 presidential campaign. We'll see how the senior political analyst for Time magazine holds up against the NPR News Quiz.
Jan 14, 2010 — Washington press and political insiders are combing through the just released book Game Change for explosive anecdotes about the politically powerful. But some observers are questioning the use of unattributed and uncorroborated stories throughout Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's new book.
Nov 18, 2009 — It's been all Palin all the time ever since the former Alaska governor unveiled her memoir on Oprah on Monday. Matthew Continetti of the Weekly Standard comes to Palin's defense in his new book, The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star.