Jun 25, 2013 — Nearly a quarter of all public school kids are Latino, but only 3 percent of kids' books are by or about Latinos. There's a similar dearth of Native American, black and Asian characters. Why? One editor says librarians, with their high demand for multicultural books, don't drive best-seller lists.
Sep 30, 2012 — Susan Isaacs' latest novel revolves around Gloria Garrison, a 79-year-old CEO with a multimillion-dollar makeover business. Isaacs says her female characters don't need to be likable, but they should "fight for something beyond themselves."
Apr 23, 2011 — Philip Connors worked in Manhattan for years before he got the itch to get out. So he went way out — to a lookout tower in the Gila National Desert in New Mexico. He talks to Scott Simon about the gorgeous, jewel-toned views and why the solitary lifestyle speaks to him.
Apr 5, 2011 — The life of French chanteuse Edith Piaf; Tina Fey's hilarious book of zingers; the untold story of Julia and Paul Child in the OSS; and a quiet meditation on the desert wilderness from 10,000 feet above sea level.
Nov 11, 2010 — Native-Americans have been influential in the U.S. military for more than 200 years. They assisted George Washington, served during the War of 1812 and have continued to defend the country into the 21st century.
Jun 1, 2010 — Photojournalist Steven Clevenger has been covering wars for almost four decades — from his early days in Cambodia, to Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2006, Clevenger began documenting the role of Native American soldiers in the war in Iraq. His book is called America's First Warriors.
Oct 8, 2008 — An internal Justice Department investigation has concluded that the controversial U.S. attorney firings of 2006 were of a partisan political nature. One of the seven fired attorneys, Iglesias discusses his book, In Justice, an insider's account of the affair.
Jul 6, 2006 — Julia Glass, the acclaimed author of Three Junes, talks with Lynn Neary about her new novel, The Whole World Over. Glass says she stopped writing her book when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks occured. Then she incorporated the event into her story when she felt compelled to start writing again.