Frontier and pioneer life
Dec 26, 2012 — A sad tale's best for winter, as Shakespeare wrote — and reviewer Alan Cheuse recommends The Snow Child, a sad but ultimately hopeful winter tale touched with myth and fairytale. Cheuse says this novel about Alaskan homesteaders, out now in paperback, has "a mysterious onward-pulsing life force."
Nov 26, 2012 — The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey's bleak portrayal of 1920 Alaska, appears at No. 12.
May 23, 2012 — This week, there's fresh fiction from Pulitzer finalist Denis Johnson, novelist Tom Perrotta and newspaperman Pete Hamill; plus, travel editor Mark Adams explores Machu Picchu; Melissa Coleman reminisces about growing up off the grid; and Howard Means looks at the life of Johnny Appleseed.
Oct 7, 2011 — Empire of the Summer Moon, about the rise and fall of the Comanches, is on the list for a 21st week.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S. C. Gwynne. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
May 20, 2011 — Quanah Parker, considered the greatest Comanche chief, was the son of Cynthia Ann Parker, a white pioneer woman kidnapped by a raiding party when she was a little girl. Their story — and the saga of the powerful American Indian tribe — is told by S.C. Gwynne in his book, Empire of the Summer Moon.
May 11, 2011 — Summer reading is clearly on the horizon, with a new novel from Scott Turow, P.D. James musing on the mystery genre, John Vaillant on the Siberian tiger, S.C. Gwynne on the Comanche Nation and time to catch up on Bob Woodward's look at Obama's Wars.
Apr 14, 2011 — Johnny Appleseed is the legendary frontiersman who planted orchards all over what's now the Midwest. But he was also a real man, a wanderer and evangelist who actively contributed to his own myth.
Apr 12, 2011 — A retelling of the famous Johnny Appleseed myth; a devastating memoir about the birth of the organic farming movement and its effect on a homesteading family; an attempt to discover the secrets of Little House on the Prarie; and an NPR contributor's struggle with the recession and its aftermath.