Death and burial
Aug 12, 2013 — If the town of Tombstone, Ariz., sounds familiar, it probably has to do with what happened there in 1881 — the year of the infamous gunfight between lawman Wyatt Earp and a rival gang. A new memoir by Justin St. Germain weaves the story of the O.K. Corral into another, more personal tale.
Nov 5, 2011 — David Rowell's debut novel puts public and personal timelines alongside each other as he recounts June 8, 1968. That's the day a train made a slow, momentous journey from New York to Washington, D.C., to deliver the body of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy for burial beside his slain brother.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Commissariat of Enlightenment by Ken Kalfus. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Apr 11, 2011 — In an ancient Greek tale, Clytemnestra kills her husband, Agamemnon, after he sacrifices their daughter, Iphigenia. New Yorker journalist Janet Malcolm spots parallels in a case from a Forest Hills, N.Y., courtroom. Her telling of the case shakes and disturbs you like the smartest nonfiction can.
Sep 8, 2009 — The 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard drew new attention to hate crimes targeting people who are gay. But more than a decade later, Shepard's mother believes the national gay rights picture is not much better. Judy Shepard tells Neal Conan about her new book, The Meaning of Matthew.
Apr 24, 2009 — Christopher Buckley may be best known as a satirist, but the humor in his latest book is of a more personal — and sometimes sadder — nature. Losing Mum and Pup is a memoir of his famous parents, Bill and Pat Buckley, who died within a year of each other in 2007 and 2008.
Apr 1, 2009 — A scientist and adventurer of legendary endurance, will and bravery, Percy Fawcett set out in 1925 to find the Amazonian city of El Dorado. The Lost City of Z, David Grann's novel-like reconstruction of Percy's quest, thrills both the heart and mind.
Jul 26, 2008 — College professor Randy Pausch passed Friday of pancreatic cancer. His "Last Lecture" about facing a terminal illness became a YouTube phenomenon, and millions heard his presentation about what he'd learned about living, not dying.
Jul 25, 2008 — Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon University professor who turned a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer into a best-selling book and worldwide fame, died today at age 47.
Apr 4, 2008 — How well have African Americans in national leadership positions filled the void left by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Author, cultural critic and Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson shares his insight.