Jan 26, 2014 — Novelists are famously prone to self-imposed exile and introspection; sometimes, they invent characters who are similarly solitary. Author Rachel Louise Snyder recommends three compelling books starring such loners. She says their isolation isn't what's compelling, but it's riveting to watch these recluses step back into the world of others.
Oct 20, 2013 — Stay-at-home fathers, missionaries who love their charges, women who make the first move: characters who would have been controversial in previous generations came to the forefront in the Jazz era. Author Ursula DeYoung recommends three books that, after 90 years, still seem fresh in their revolutionary treatment of all kinds of love.
Mar 8, 2013 — Matthew Quick's The Silver Linings Playbook, a debut novel that inspired a film, appears at No. 15.
Oct 29, 2012 — Novelist Matthew Quick finds the funny side of a mental patient's recovery, while Anthony Horowitz reimagines Sherlock Holmes. In nonfiction, comedian Darrell Hammond recounts his traumatic childhood, Regis Philbin tracks his rise to TV greatness, and MTV gets its own history book.
Jun 26, 2012 — Love knows no bounds, and in these five books, passion leaps from the page. You'll be swept off your feet by three novels and two memoirs that take up the mischievous matters of the heart.
Mar 28, 2012 — Margaret Drabble's short stories reveal the contours of her life over the past 50 years, while Leslie Daniels explores a woman's life after divorce, and mystery writer Donna Leon looks into the death of a widow. Plus two new biographies explore the lives of Gypsy Rose Lee and Nashville songwriter Rodney Crowell.
Mar 2, 2012 — In The House I Loved, a woman reflects on the reconstruction of Paris. It debuts at No. 8.
Dec 28, 2011 — Just in time for New Year's reading, Stewart O'Nan returns with a captivating look at the life of a widow, while Deborah Harkness offers a tale of magical mayhem unleashed by a manuscript at Oxford. In nonfiction, Karen Armstrong invites readers to deepen their compassion and Amy Chua offers a call to arms for "Tiger Mothers."
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates and Halpern. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.