Dec 13, 2012 — Susan Stamberg presents the year's best books, picked by independent booksellers around the country. Selections range from gritty, free-verse fairy tales to ballerina photographs and a grim Southern story about a small town that would rather its ghosts remain at rest.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
May 30, 2011 — Some of the best summers are those filled with journeys, reunions and good food — three themes that factor prominently in the books recommended by our independent booksellers.
Jan 22, 2011 — Siobhan Fallon writes precise, powerful stories about the pain of separation that military families experience when deployment after deployment tears their intimacy apart. Her debut short story collection, When the Men are Gone, explores the emotional worlds of those left behind.
Jan 18, 2011 — Debut author Siobhan Fallon writes about the lives of soldiers and their families in her new short story collection, You Know When the Men Are Gone. Families, she says, take the strangeness of deployment and learn how to create a new normal.
Jan 21, 2010 — Martha Woodroof reviews the new novel by Sadie Jones, the author of The Outcast. Small Wars is about the conflict faced by a British couple involved in the "Cyprus Emergency" of the mid-1950s.
Jan 20, 2010 — This week, a novel from Jonathan Dee looks at the costs (and wild benefits) of living wealthy in America, and a memoir by Patti Smith recalls the singer's long friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe. Also, T.C. Boyle offers a new book of short stories, and a novel dives into Britain's mid-1950s "Cyprus Emergency."
Aug 30, 2006 — They're the words every military spouse dreads: "We regret to inform you..." Authors Joanne Steen and Regina Asaro are trying to help a new generation of military widows cope with their losses and face the future.
Feb 9, 2006 — Kristin Henderson, author of While They're at War: The True Story of American Families on the Homefront, talks to Michele Norris about the private sacrifices made by military families.
Dec 15, 2005 — The gift of beautiful prose, given to someone on the edge of loving words and their arrangements, is an invaluable present, writes commentator and novelist Susan Straight. She shares some of the titles she'll be giving this year.