Feb 24, 2013 — Philida, a slave, is promised her freedom by her owner, who is also the father of her children. But the promise is broken and she takes the matter into her own hands, in this novel by acclaimed South African novelist Andre Brink that was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Beloved by Toni Morrison. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of A Million Nightingales by Susan Straight. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Apr 28, 2011 — In fiction, John le Carre takes a cold look at the Russian mafia state, while Isabel Allende and Andrea Levy explore the contradictions of slavery, and Katherine Stockett probes 1960s Southern racial politics. In nonfiction, Ethan Watters decries the export of U.S. mental health treatments.
Mar 2, 2011 — For the contemporary woman, feminist classics don't always do the trick — most of us believe there's more to life than marriage or madness. To kick off Women's History Month, author Stephanie Staal suggests three books about mold-breaking heroines, sure to inspire your inner feminist.
Feb 17, 2011 — A haunted hotel and an antebellum resort for Southern slave owners vacationing with their mistresses are the settings for this week's novels. In nonfiction, there are an investigation of Nevada's Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage site and the U.S. government's Financial Crisis Inquiry Report.
Dec 6, 2010 — Making suggestions for your book club can be risky business. If everyone loves the book, you're a hero. If they hate it, it takes a while to live it down. NPR's Lynn Neary comes to the rescue with five book club recommendations that are sure to make for good conversation.
Jun 29, 2010 — Bestsellerdom doesn't necessarily bring with it a promise of quality, so we've hand-selected five titles from the NPR Bestseller List: an acutely observed first novel with satiric punch, three works of fiction from established authors at the top of their game, and a startlingly powerful science thriller from a nonfiction newcomer.
May 18, 2010 — Island Beneath the Sea, Isabel Allende's newest novel, is about the complicated relationship between a slave and her master, who owns a sugar plantation in Haiti during the slave revolts that preceded the Haitian Revolution.
Apr 27, 2010 — Isabel Allende's vivid new novel takes us to 18th century New Orleans; a brilliantly exuberant literary treasure hunt dives into the Philippines' past and present; and Scott Simon reviews a taut, crosscutting portrait of Martin Luther King, James Earl Ray and the massive manhunt that captured King's killer.