Nov 14, 2012 — What are the best of the books? NPR Books looks at this year's National Book Award nominees for fiction and nonfiction. These 10 books — which tell the stories of a young drug smuggler, lovable philanderers, holograms in the Saudi desert and more — inspired, informed and entertained readers.
Jun 29, 2012 — A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers' tale of adventure and economic hardship, debuts at No. 5.
May 1, 2012 — Journalist Peter Bergen outlines the decade-long search for the al-Qaida leader in his new book Manhunt. Bergen is the only journalist to gain access to bin Laden's Abbottabad compound before it was razed by the Pakistani government.
Apr 13, 2011 — Atheist Philip Pullman imagines that Jesus had a brother, while Howard Norman plumbs the effects of family tragedy in Nova Scotia, and Michael Gruber probes the life of a Taliban American. In nonfiction: the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's memoir, and Kai Bird examines both sides of the Palestinian/Israeli divide.
Apr 21, 2010 — In his memoir, Crossing Mandelbaum Gate, Bird describes his childhood experience growing up near a checkpoint that separated Israeli and Arab sections of Jerusalem. "These are two people who are filled with victimhood," he tells NPR's Robert Siegel.
Feb 24, 2009 — Journalist Steve Coll says that India and Pakistan held secret talks over the disputed region of Kashmir in 2006, but that tentative plans for peace have since been abandoned due in part to the political decline of Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf and the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.
Apr 1, 2008 — Steve Coll's new book is a better-than-fiction multigenerational epic set against Saudi history.
Apr 1, 2008 — Author Steve Coll details the complicated family history of Osama bin Laden, one of 54 children born to Mohamed bin Laden. The elder bin Laden transformed himself from an illiterate bricklayer into an immensely wealthy and powerful businessman.
Jun 27, 2007 — Muslim feminist Asra Nomani, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, recently spent a fellowship covering a Muslim woman who was building a women's mosque in India. Nomani's new book is called Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam.
Apr 13, 2006 — Journalist Neil MacFarquhar is a veteran Middle East foreign correspondent and was Cairo bureau chief for The New York Times. Next, he will cover Islam in North America for the Times. His new novel The Sand Cafe is set in Saudi Arabia and examines the day-to-day reporting life of foreign correspondents in the Middle East during the Gulf War.