Jun 17, 2014 — If books float your boat, we've got just the thing: magical barge battles, the search for the Northwest Passage and a trans-Atlantic cruise that follows in Geoffrey Chaucer's footsteps. Also pirates!
Dec 20, 2013 — Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger describe a band of spies in George Washington's Secret Six, at No. 10.
Dec 20, 2013 — At No. 4, Mitch Albom's The First Phone Call From Heaven tells the story of an ex-con single father.
Dec 11, 2013 — Fresh Air's book critic says it's just a fluke that 9 of the 11 titles she picked this year were written by female authors. Her favorites include a jumbo-sized Dickensian novel, a biography of Ben Franklin's sister, a comedy of manners, a stunning Scandinavian mystery and more.
Dec 4, 2013 — NPR staff and critics selected more than 200 standout titles. Now it's up to you: Choose your own adventure! Use our tags to search through books and find the perfect read for yourself or someone else.
Nov 20, 2013 — On Tuesday night, finalists for the National Book Awards read from their nominated works at The New School in New York City. The National Book Foundation will announce the winners Wednesday night.
Oct 12, 2013 — Author Denise Spellberg's book draws parallels between the beliefs of the founding father and religious tolerance in the United States today.
Oct 10, 2013 — For centuries, the memory of Jane Franklin has languished in brother Benjamin's shadow. While Ben is on currency and splashed across textbooks, Jane's life of curiosity and hardship has been forgotten. In Book of Ages, historian Jill Lepore draws a portrait of one of the American Revolution's "little women."
Nov 25, 2012 — For his new book, archivist Todd Andrlik tracked down 18th century newspapers to provide a sense of the Revolution as it actually unfolded. Andrlik says the newspapers preserve things that didn't make it into history textbooks — like the fact that the Boston Tea Party was not universally popular.
Sep 30, 2012 — From pirates to tea to opium, Eric Jay Dolin's new book, When America First Met China, describes the long and complicated history of the trade relationship between the two countries.