Oct 12, 2013 — In Identical, Scott Turow opens a cold case involving a set of twins and a murder long thought solved. Whatever the premise may lead you to believe, though, this novel is neither funny nor especially thrilling. Reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin explains that the book is at its best in the courtroom, but elsewhere, it plods.
Jul 10, 2012 — As Patrick Somerville read the scathing New York Times review of his book This Bright River, he realized the whole thing hinged on a factual error. To clear up the mistake, an editor at the Times emailed one of the book's main characters. The two developed what Somerville calls a "ghost relationship."
May 25, 2012 — Not sure what to read this summer? NPR's Susan Stamberg asked three booksellers to share their top five picks for the books you shouldn't miss. They recommend tales of con artists, grade-school spies, refugees and ranchers — plus an exploration of why stories make us human.
Feb 2, 2012 — Unlike the Great Depression, our current recession hasn't yet produced much memorable literature, but book critic Maureen Corrigan says that situation, like the economy, seems to be changing.
Dec 15, 2011 — Science fiction and fantasy books aren't just getting more popular, they're interbreeding with other genres to produce wild new hybrid forms — swapping DNA with literary novels, commenting on current events, morphing into historical science fiction romances, and evolving into hard-boiled detective fantasy.
Oct 12, 2011 — Russell Banks' latest is an uneven effort to excavate and redeem the dregs of modern society. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the novel — about porn addiction and sexual predators — is compelling in a low-grade, nightmarish sort of way.
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.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of American Gods: A Novel by Neil Gaiman. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, Julie Rose, Adam Gopnik, and James Madden. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jun 1, 2011 — Craving some cold-blooded thrills this summer? These detective novels offer twists and turns to help you beat the heat.