Jan 14, 2014 — In softcover nonfiction, Vali Nasr analyzes foreign policy, Kathryn Miles details the fate of a ship fleeing famine and Kurt Vonnegut's letters reveal a man both hilarious and haunted. In fiction, Rachel Kushner plunges into the world of Italian radicals, Jamie Quatro crafts surreal tales and Alejandro Zambra weaves a Chilean meta-narrative.
Oct 30, 2012 — Kurt Vonnegut aspired to be a sort of "cultivated eccentric." Reviewer Drew Toal says a new collection of Vonnegut's letters — by turns hilarious, heartbreaking and mundane — reveals just how uneccentric the writer actually was.
Aug 11, 2011 — More than 5,000 of you nominated. More than 60,000 of you voted. And now the results are in. Explore the winners of NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy survey — an intriguing mix of classic and contemporary titles.
Jun 28, 2011 — Immerse yourself in these satisfying summer selections, from "new" India to post-"dot com" San Francisco to the streets of Brooklyn. Plus: a reissue of Kurt Vonnegut's novels and mysterious short fiction from E.L. Doctorow.
May 31, 2011 — Vonnegut's blend of anti-war sentiment and satire made him one of the most popular writers of the Vietnam era, and his words still resonate with a new generation fighting abroad. On Thursday, the Library of America will republish four of the late author's novels, including Slaughterhouse-Five.
Oct 4, 2010 — If we're all going to hell in a bucket, Ron Currie Jr. says, we might as well enjoy the ride. Currie recommends three titles for people who like to think about the end of days.
Jan 13, 2009 — The ABC series Lost may focus on a mystical island, but it's also about larger themes like religious faith and the importance of community — the stuff of memorable novels.
Apr 1, 2008 — Armageddon in Retrospect is the first collection of unpublished work by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., who died at age 84 in April 2007. The 12 short pieces are Vonnegut's reflections on peace, war and the human capacity for violence.
Jun 25, 2006 — Leo Allen, a New York comic, challenged himself to read 100 books in a year's time. He's polished off 51 so far, and he seems to be gaining momentum. From science fiction to self-help, Allen offers a summer reading list that spans nearly a century of literature.
Jan 23, 2006 — As part of The Long View series of conversations on Morning Edition, author Kurt Vonnegut talks with Steve Inskeep about how society has changed in the last 50 years.