Dec 11, 2012 — Gift books should be special: arrestingly visual, deeply felt, quirky, comprehensive, important. We've combed the shelves to bring you several such suggestions, guaranteed to put a sparkle in the eyes of any big reader.
Apr 5, 2012 — Award-winning illustrator Christoph Niemann, documents city life in this collection of charmingly inventive illustrations, culled from his visual blog posts for the New York Times.
Dec 9, 2011 — Susan Stamberg gathers recommendations for the season's best books from independent booksellers Lucia Silva, Rona Brinlee and Daniel Goldin. This winter, their top picks range in subject from toasters to typeface, odd bookmarks to old Volkswagens, department stores to pasta design.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Ultimate Blogs: Masterworks from the Wild Web by Sarah Boxer. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Apr 20, 2011 — Novelists Aimee Bender and Adam Ross both use food as a key to the nuances of family and marriage, while historian Alison Weir and comic writer Seth Grahame-Smith rip some bodices. In nonfiction, Jeff Goodell explores the controversy over geoengineering as a solution to climate change.
Apr 12, 2011 — A retelling of the famous Johnny Appleseed myth; a devastating memoir about the birth of the organic farming movement and its effect on a homesteading family; an attempt to discover the secrets of Little House on the Prarie; and an NPR contributor's struggle with the recession and its aftermath.
Apr 28, 2010 — David Goodwillie mashes politics, comedy, thriller and romance into one ambitious novel about gossip blogger Aidan Cole pursuing a romance with the beautiful Paige Roderick, an American terrorist bomber driven by her brother's death in Iraq.
Apr 20, 2010 — A novel skewers New York's Internet-media nexus; a New York Times health editor examines the ways "Grown-Up" minds are superior to young brains; a reporter visits the small Dominican town that churns out big-league baseball stars.
Nov 24, 2009 — Reviewer John McAlley selects gems from the worlds of fine art, fashion, photography, science, lit-crit and cartoons. These luxe volumes will be gracing coffee tables long after the lights and wrapping paper are gone.
Sep 16, 2008 — Both presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama have offered their own plans for fixing the troubles on Wall Street. Syndicated columnist and author David Sirota offers analysis on their plans.