Dec 3, 2012 — This year's treasures include a heart-racing memoir, a fun first novel, a fascinating study of fraternal bonds, plus Toni Morrison's Home and Christopher Hitchens' last work. Critic Heller McAlpin has sifted through piles of new publications and panned for literary gold.
Sep 12, 2012 — While undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer, Christopher Hitchens chronicled his experience of "living dyingly" in a series of essays for Vanity Fair. Those essays and other notes from the author's final days are compiled in the posthumous book Mortality, with an afterword by his wife, Carol Blue.
Sep 5, 2012 — Iconoclastic journalist Christopher Hitchens, who died from esophageal cancer in December 2011, chronicled his battle with the disease — his 18 months "of living dyingly" — in Mortality. Critic Heller McAlpin says the tragically posthumous work is full of his pugnacious, ever-bright prose.
Jun 17, 2012 — Lynn Neary talks to three critics about books you shouldn't miss. One critic says it's a particularly rich literary summer because in election years, publishers release the juiciest books before fall.
Jun 2, 2011 — Sue Miller and Alexander McCall Smith deliver vivid character studies in their latest novels, while Christopher Hitchens reflects on his personal and political evolution, Rick Reilly jumps into some sports from hell, and Paul Greenberg takes a hard look at fish farming.
Jun 19, 2010 — Just what is a summer book, anyway? Does it have to be a big, fat, juicy page turner to earn the right to be packed away in the luggage (or downloaded on the e-reader)? We put that question to several book reviewers to find out what they like to take along on summer getaways.
Jun 8, 2010 — In Hitch-22, controversial writer Christopher Hitchens has authored three memoirs in one: literary, political and personal. Hitchens' political writing radiates anger and toughness, but his stories of his loved ones are remarkably sensitive and emotionally real.
Jun 8, 2009 — George Orwell's dystopian novel of the future, 1984, was published six decades ago. Many of the terms Orwell coined have passed into popular usage. Christopher Hitchens, author of Why Orwell Matters, explains the novel's continued significance.
Feb 4, 2008 — Publishers in the U.S. released more than 291,000 separate titles in 2006. But an imprint that got its start last year has already had a string of hits with a philosophy of "less is more."
Oct 23, 2007 — Author Christopher Hitchens discusses how philosopher Thomas Paine's writings influenced human rights and the French and American revolutions. He says Paine's accessible rhetoric was key to his widespread influence.