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.
Jun 24, 2013 — In softcover nonfiction, Rosecrans Baldwin opines about France, Carissa Phelps goes from juvy to J.D., and Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy chart the history of rabies. In fiction, Shani Boianjiu draws from her time as an Israeli soldier, and Sheila Heti crafts a novel from her own life experiences.
Jun 13, 2013 — Katherine Applegate's The One and Only Ivan was inspired by a real-life gorilla who lived in a mall in Tacoma, Wash. The author says humans have "a real obligation" to care responsibly for animals in captivity.
Jun 13, 2013 — Looking for a great read for a kid age 9-14? Here are all the titles our kids' book club has read since we launched in 2011. We revisit classics like Black Beauty and The Phantom Tollbooth and explore new stories like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Graveyard Book.
May 23, 2013 — In June, NPR's Backseat Book Club will read Katherine Applegate's tale of Ivan, a gorilla who lives in a shopping mall. Ivan enjoys watching TV and painting, but a newcomer to the mall — a baby elephant — forces Ivan to face his own past.
Jul 19, 2012 — Journalist Bill Wasik and his veterinarian wife, Monica Murphy, have teamed up for a new book on the cultural and scientific history of rabies. Rabies causes terrible suffering — but it's fascinating to examine the way the virus is perfectly engineered to spread itself.
May 26, 2011 — Since antiquity, medical personnel have dismissed highly emotional women as "hysterical." In Medical Muses, Asti Hustvedt travels back to a 19th-century Parisian hospital in an attempt to understand — and humanize — history's hysterics.
May 13, 2009 — Because of his severe obsessive compulsive disorder, it took Ed Zine 16,384 precise movements to get from his bed to the bathroom. Zine and Dr. Michael Jenike, the psychiatrist who helped Zine find his own way to heal hilmself from OCD, talk about their new book, Life in Rewind.
Sep 4, 2008 — In his memoir, Scattershot, David Lovelace chronicles what he calls "the family sickness." Terri Cheney joins the discussion and shares details from Manic, a chronicle of her own struggle with bipolar disorder.
Aug 21, 2008 — By the eighth grade, 52 percent of adolescents have consumed alcohol, and 20 percent have used marijuana — according to the non-profit group, Partnership for a Drug Free America. But what factors lead teens to addiction? For more, Farai Chideya speaks with a recovering teen addict and an addiction specialist.