Nov 23, 2013 — The island village of Patchogue, N.Y., appears to be an all-American suburb. But in 2008, it was the site of a brutal murder that left residents struggling to reconcile deep-rooted issues of racism and hatred with the town's idyllic appearance.
Jan 25, 2013 — Edmund De Waal's The Hare With Amber Eyes returns to the list at No. 15.
Jan 25, 2013 — At No. 15, Toni Morrison's Home describes a veteran's painful return to his native Georgia.
Dec 3, 2012 — This year's treasures include a heart-racing memoir, a fun first novel, a fascinating study of fraternal bonds, plus Toni Morrison's Home and Christopher Hitchens' last work. Critic Heller McAlpin has sifted through piles of new publications and panned for literary gold.
Nov 19, 2012 — What did Jesus look like? In their new book, The Color of Christ, Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey explore how different groups have claimed Jesus as their own — and how depictions of Jesus have both inspired civil rights crusades, and been used to justify the violence of white supremacists.
Jun 14, 2012 — Hang on tight. These five new works of fiction will take you on an exhilarating ride. Brace yourself for a noir he-said-she-said, an R-rated version of Marie Antoinette's life and death, a haunting tale from a back-to-nature commune and Toni Morrison's lush Home.
Dec 9, 2011 — Susan Stamberg gathers recommendations for the season's best books from independent booksellers Lucia Silva, Rona Brinlee and Daniel Goldin. This winter, their top picks range in subject from toasters to typeface, odd bookmarks to old Volkswagens, department stores to pasta design.
Aug 23, 2011 — While many hoped Barack Obama's presidency would usher in a post-racial period in America, Randall Kennedy says the reality hasn't lived up to that expectation. In The Persistence of the Color Line, Kennedy explores the racial issues still at play in the presidency and throughout the country.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Our Nig: Or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black by Harriet E. Wilson, P. Gabrielle Foreman, Reginald H. Pitts, P. Gabrielle Foreman, and Reginald H. Pitts. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Summer We Got Saved by Pat Cunningham Devoto. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.