Sep 9, 2013 — In softcover nonfiction, Walter Isaacson records Steve Jobs' official biography, Salman Rushdie remembers hiding for his life and Lynn Povich describes a revolution at Newsweek. In fiction, Michael Chabon tells the story of a struggling California record store and Junot Diaz explores infidelity.
Jul 16, 2013 — It's a tragedy, perhaps, but books do go out of print. Sometimes it's a slow march toward elimination, others pass out of sight before they've had a chance to shine. But reviewer and editor Parul Sehgal recommends five that have come back to life.
Sep 14, 2012 — No Easy Day, a first-hand account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, debuts at No. 1.
Jun 26, 2012 — Love knows no bounds, and in these five books, passion leaps from the page. You'll be swept off your feet by three novels and two memoirs that take up the mischievous matters of the heart.
Sep 7, 2011 — Firefighter Ken Haskell was off duty on Sept. 11, 2001, when his two brothers, also firefighters, died in the World Trade Center. Haskell's story of searching the rubble for his brothers' bodies is included in A Decade of Hope: Stories of Grief and Endurance from 9/11 Families and Friends.
Aug 21, 2011 — The arc of American culture can be found in the nation's music. Author Tom Piazza shares that story in his new collection of essays, called Devil Sent the Rain: Music and Writing in Desperate America.
Aug 20, 2011 — NPR coverage of Devil Sent the Rain: Music and Writing in Desperate America by Tom Piazza. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Apr 15, 2011 — For nearly eight years, married journalists Jennifer Griffin and Greg Myre covered the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. During that time, their life was about reporting on street violence, suicide bombings — and starting a family.
Mar 22, 2011 — In the aftermath of Liberia's brutal civil wars, Agnes Fallah Kamara-Umunna hosted a radio show in which former child soldiers apologized, women who were raped forgave their tormentors, and former warlords admitted crimes — on-air. She shares those stories in And Still Peace Did Not Come.
Aug 19, 2010 — Most people think they understand pain. An injury hurts, but as it heals the pain fades away. But chronic pain, says Melanie Thernstrom, is different. In The Pain Chronicles, Thernstrom writes about her journey to understand suffering, pain management and the complex nature of pain.