Aug 5, 2013 — Earlier this summer, NPR's Backseat Book Club — our book club for young readers — asked you to weigh in on your favorite books for kids age 9-14. We heard from more than 2,000 of you, and our expert panel has whittled your hundreds and hundreds of nominations down to a list of 100 great reads.
Sep 30, 2012 — Susan Isaacs' latest novel revolves around Gloria Garrison, a 79-year-old CEO with a multimillion-dollar makeover business. Isaacs says her female characters don't need to be likable, but they should "fight for something beyond themselves."
Jan 23, 2012 — The parties, mansions — ah, to be rich and famous. Author Emma Straub might not lead a life of luxury, but she recommends three books that give a glimpse into those who do.
Oct 6, 2011 — Philip Roth explores a fictional New Jersey polio epidemic in 1944, while humorist David Sedaris offers animal fables, Isabel Wilkerson looks at black America's Great Migration, Bill Bryson examines the history of private life and Adriana Trigiani channels her grandmothers' wisdom.
Jun 14, 2011 — These five sci-fi novels offer satisfying, intellectually chewy pleasures that are perfect for a summer afternoon.
Aug 12, 2009 — As summer vacations draw to a close and school-age children begin the mad scramble to fulfill their summer reading obligations, author Lesley M. M. Blume recommends a few timeless books that may not be on the required book lists.
Jul 21, 2009 — The intuitive senses and sentimental experiences shared by grandmothers is the focus of the new book, Eye of My Heart, edited by Barbara Graham. In this week's weekly parenting conversation, Graham is joined by two of the contributing essayists to the book — Jill Nelson and Sandra Benitez — to discuss why grandmother really are uniquely special.
Jun 11, 2009 — Your reading this summer may involve brushing the sand off page five — or firing up your Kindle. However you do it, we have some reading suggestions for you, straight from independent booksellers around the country.
Jun 11, 2009 — Kao Kalia Yang's memoir is both a family chronicle and a history of the Hmong people.
Jul 29, 2007 — Ann M. Martin, who penned the wildly successful Baby-sitters Club books for children, has created a new series directed toward "tweens." Main Street introduces kids to orphaned sisters who move to a new town and must deal with weighty issues.