Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
May 31, 2011 — The season of pleasure reading is upon us, and the publishing world has readied a handful of thrilling titles to be released just in time for the summer heat. After surveying the crop, here are our picks for fun reading in the sun.
Mar 31, 2011 — Roddy Doyle's new novel confronts the dream and reality of Ireland, while Hampton Sides examines Martin Luther King's assassination, historian Tony Judt critiques our deteriorating social contract, and Barbara Stauch defends the middle-aged brain.
Apr 20, 2010 — Science writer Barbara Strauch set out to explain why our brains falter in middle age, and wound up writing a book about how they can flourish. Scientists tell us that as we careen through middle age, our brains do slow down. We have trouble retrieving names, or we get easily distracted. But the news is nowhere as bad as we might think.
Apr 20, 2010 — A novel skewers New York's Internet-media nexus; a New York Times health editor examines the ways "Grown-Up" minds are superior to young brains; a reporter visits the small Dominican town that churns out big-league baseball stars.
Apr 14, 2010 — In middle age, most of us get forgetful and easily distracted. But new research finds that our minds improve in some ways as we age: We're better at seeing the big picture and comprehending complexity. Writer Barbara Strauch details how the middle-aged brain grows and changes in The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain.
May 19, 2008 — Jill Price can recall every detail of the last three decades of her life — whether she wants to or not. A rare memory condition causes Price to experience continuous, automatic playback of events just like movies playing in her mind. Price talks about her new memoir, The Woman Who Can't Forget.
Apr 18, 2007 — When author Cathryn Jakobson Ramin started to lose her mental edge, she fought back. She talks about her book Carved in Sand: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife.
Jul 11, 2006 — There are some books that are so good that you just can't get on with your life until you've turned the last page. Nancy Pearl offers books that make it tempting to call in sick just to be able to read to the end without stopping.