Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Land of Marvels by Barry Unsworth. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
May 12, 2011 — Anthropologists and archeologists long believed humans evolved in Asia. So when a set of hominid remains was discovered in Africa, it took a while for the find to stick. In Born in Africa, author Martin Meredith details the battles in the search for the origins of human life.
Jan 17, 2009 — The Booker prize-winner's latest novel, an exploration of power and ambition, features a cast of characters bumping up against each other in 1914 Mesopotamia in 1914.
Dec 24, 2007 — NPR's Lynn Neary talks with book writers — Laura Miller of Salon.com, and blogger Mark Sarvas of The Elegant Variation — about worthy books that got overlooked by the mainstream book-review sections in 2007. Here's a rundown of their recommendations.
Feb 13, 2007 — This year marks the 400th anniversary of the first permanent English settlement in America at Jamestown. And that makes Bill Kelso — the man who excavated the site — one very happy archaeologist.
Jun 2, 2006 — Rona Brinlee of The Bookmark in Atlantic Beach, Fla., recommends Labyrinth by Kate Mosse in her conversation about summer reading with Susan Stamberg on Morning Edition. It's "a quiet, intriguing read until the last 200 pages, when it all comes together at a gallop."
May 15, 2006 — Two archaeologists test the historical accuracy of some of the Bible's oldest stories in a new book, David and Solomon. Neil Asher Silberman talks about the findings in the book he co-authored with Israel Finkelstein.