Nov 27, 2013 — A determined travel writer sets out to produce the first guide to a mysterious middle-European country in Gene Wolfe's new The Land Across. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says Wolfe mixes Kafka-esque mystery and paranoia with dark supernatural influences for "supposedly realistic novel that gives off the feel of a closely viewed dream."
Oct 14, 2012 — Former teen heartthrob Andrew McCarthy heads around the world to confront his own issues on intimacy and commitment in his new memoir, The Longest Way Home.
Aug 25, 2011 — Fantine's light skin gets her mistaken for Algerian, Samoan and Hawaiian. It's her ticket to an independent jet-setting life. But when her godson gets in trouble, she's forced to go home. Host Michel Martin discusses Take One Candle Light A Room with author Susan Straight.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of Take One Candle Light a Room by Susan Straight. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Dec 3, 2009 — So what if it's pure literary estrogen? Author David Sax says Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat Pray Love the best comeback story he's ever read. Sure, Gilbert's memoir is often dismissed as a beach read for unhappy housewives, but Sax says the haters are missing the point.
Aug 5, 2007 — When U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings gets time to read, she likes to escape reality. This summer, the former Texas education lobbyist is reading books that take her from the wilds of North Dakota to ashrams in India and islands in Indonesia.
Jun 23, 2007 — Carol Stoudt, the first female brewmaster in the U.S., oversees Stoudt's Brewing Company in Adamstown, Pa. Frequent travel for work — and inspiration from her family — keeps her reading despite a busy schedule running a microbrewery.
May 27, 2007 — Eve Tallman, director of the prize-winning Grand County Public Library in Moab, Utah, kicks off our annual summer reading series with a handful of books she's set aside for the season.
Oct 28, 2006 — The noted travel writer has been to many of the Earth's more exotic places. But he returns to familiar territory with a new memoir. The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid takes a warm look at Bryson's formative years in 1950s Des Moines, Iowa.