Feb 7, 2012 — This week brings four novels about love: childhood love in immigrant Brooklyn; married love in dot-com San Francisco; intergenerational love and tension in Philadelphia; and an academic father's sometimes obtuse love for his three daughters. In nonfiction, football star Michael Oher describes his experiences in foster care.
Dec 13, 2011 — NPR's go-to librarian would like you to meet some friends of hers — from six novels and one work of history. As you read, these artfully developed characters will become more and more real. Pearl says that when the stories ended, she was left longing for the people she'd met between the pages.
Jun 8, 2011 — From the moment they meet in New York's Brighton Beach neighborhood, Vaclav and Lena make magic together. Each envisions a lifetime at the other's side — and then, one day, Lena disappears. Their story of love and assimilation sits at the heart of Haley Tanner's debut novel, Vaclav & Lena.