Apr 25, 2012 — Kevin Wilson's "strange and wonderful" debut novel, The Family Fang, arrives, along with Adrian Burgos Jr.'s biography of a colorful Negro League owner, memoirs by hacker Kevin Mitnick and mother of nine Melissa Faye Greene, plus journalist Doug Saunders' look at world migration patterns.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Boxing For Cuba: An Immigrant's Story of Despair, Endurance & Redemption by Guillermo Vincente Vidal. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Apr 26, 2011 — The biography of a cigar worker turned respected baseball executive, a petite book of poetry perfect for the season, a huge chronicle of a cook and his vegetable patch, and a mother's day gift book that celebrates moms as fashion plates.
Nov 22, 2010 — In 1962, 11-year-old Carlos Eire was one of thousands of children airlifted out of Cuba and sent to Florida to escape Fidel Castro's regime. His parents thought he'd return when Castro was deposed — but he never went home again. Eire recounts the experience in a new memoir.
Feb 25, 2009 — In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Obama pledged to cut the federal budget deficit in half in four years. But every president who has inherited a deficit has promised to cut it, and only Bill Clinton has succeeded. Commentator Russell Roberts think Obama's got his work cut out for him.
Sep 23, 2008 — As Fed and Treasury officials scramble to secure a $700 billion rescue for faltering financial institutions, economists are pointing fingers of blame at just about everyone: lenders, bankers and borrowers. Does greed lie at the heart of the financial meltdown? Is Main Street just as culpable as Wall Street?
Aug 25, 2008 — Guillermo Vincente Vidal is the Deputy Mayor of Denver and has an unusual life story, chronicled in his recent book, Boxing for Cuba. Vidal talks about his top leadership role in the city and talks about his journey to success, including how, at age 10, he was one of more than 14,000 children airlifted out of communist CUBA by the U.S.-sponsored "Operation Peter Pan."
Jun 10, 2007 — The journey of life is made up of a series of choices. But how much do the elements of chance and luck have to play when making those life choices? Author Cristina Garcia explores these ideas in her latest novel, A Handbook to Luck.
Feb 28, 2006 — Leslie, who listens to KQED in the Bay Area, recommends this memoir of boyhood in 1950s Havana: "Any reader who has a life experience that makes them an exile (physical, emotional or spiritual) can intimately relate to this tale."
Nov 21, 2005 — Some things do improve with age. A Latin American literature scholar wants his friends and family to regift the books he's given them that they haven't read. Unlike the transparently regifted cologne — which he doesn't wear and doesn't want — a regifted book will reread and perhaps regifted again.