Jun 28, 2013 — Carole King wrote songs for others before becoming a performer and writing for herself. In her memoir, A Natural Woman, she details the stories behind some of her most famous songs and her relationships with songwriters like James Taylor, Gerry Goffin and Paul Simon.
Jul 29, 2011 — NPR coverage of Bel Canto: A Novel by Ann Patchett. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Ground Beneath Her Feet: A Novel by Salman Rushdie. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of Star Island by Carl Hiaasen. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jun 16, 2011 — Jane Smiley, Carl Hiaasen, James Lee Burke and Alan Furst all return with novels in which the characters gradually awaken to the toxicity of their choices, while in nonfiction, Sonia Shah looks at how malaria has ruled humankind for 500,000 years.
Jul 26, 2010 — Vacuous pop stars, a hygiene-challenged photographer and corrupt politicians all play a part in Carl Hiaasen's new satire of the industry that both makes and breaks celebrities.
Aug 11, 2008 — Set over a period of 24 hours, Run explores themes of family, race and identity. The book is Patchett's first novel since the acclaimed Bel Canto.
Jun 15, 2006 — David, who listens to WBOI in northeast Indiana, recommends Rushdie's novel: "Rushdie's massive vocabulary, cultural references, and odd blend of realism and fantasy will expand your mind and entertain at the same time."
Feb 2, 2005 — While protecting the life of a Britney Spears-like pop star, bodyguard D. Hunter gets drawn into web of crime and deception. Intrigued? Read the book — D. Hunter is the subject of a new novel by Nelson George, The Accidental Hunter. George joins NPR's Ed Gordon to talk about his book and a movie he's produced that's just been released on DVD.