Nov 13, 2012 — The world's first essayist, Michel Montaigne, was out riding one day when he got slammed from the rear, was thrown from his horse, crashed to the ground and for a brief time was, as he puts it, "dead." He described exactly what it felt like. Here's what he learned.
Apr 12, 2012 — In Just Kids, Patti Smith chronicles her friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe. It sits at No. 7.
Apr 11, 2012 — Novelist Mary Gordon looks at love and maturity, while Henning Mankell delivers his last Kurt Wallander mystery. In nonfiction, Jim Rasenberger revisits the Bay of Pigs, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon tells of Afghani women's ingenuity, Charles Ogletree probes the arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Meagan O'Rourke meditates on her mother's death.
Jan 10, 2012 — Gil Scott-Heron's posthumously published memoir, The Last Holiday, is a triumphant and moving account of a life dedicated to art and activism.
Nov 11, 2011 — Patti Smith remembers her friend Robert Mapplethorpe in Just Kids, on the list for a 53rd week.
Sep 6, 2011 — As a child, poet Philip Schultz struggled in school, but it wasn't until his son was diagnosed with dyslexia that Schultz finally had a name for what had frustrated him all those years. In My Dyslexia, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet revisits his childhood struggles and how he coped.
Sep 2, 2011 — Patti Smith remembers her friend Robert Mapplethorpe in Just Kids, on the list for a 43rd week.
Jul 25, 2011 — Everett Ruess could have been one of this country's great wilderness writers, but he was only 20 when he vanished without a trace in the remote Utah wilderness. Author David Roberts' new book traces Ruess' life and the mystery that grew up around his disappearance in 1934.
Jul 25, 2011 — NPR coverage of Finding Everett Ruess: The Life and Unsolved Disappearance of a Legendary Wilderness Explorer by David Roberts. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Just Kids by Patti Smith. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.