Nov 13, 2012 — In fiction, Ann Beattie channels first lady Pat Nixon, while Ben Marcus looks at the consequences of nasty rhetoric, and Jonathan Odell imagines a slave healer's life. In nonfiction, the creators of Portlandia offer a guided tour of Portland, Ore., and Ellen Forney reflects on her bipolar disorder.
Nov 12, 2011 — Who was Pat Nixon? Aside from being the wife of President Richard Nixon — and a very private person — she remains mostly a mystery. Now, a new novel by Ann Beattie blends fact and fiction in an effort to sketch the life of the former first lady.
Oct 13, 2011 — Jon Stewart and The Daily Show writers sum up humanity while Matt Taibbi weighs in on the financial meltdown, Peter Godwin explores Robert Mugabe's reign of terror, Condoleezza Rice reflects on her Alabama childhood, and Hazel Rowley probes Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt's unconventional marriage.
Sep 23, 2011 — Jacqueline Kennedy looks at what it was like to be married to JFK. It debuts at No. 1.
Sep 14, 2011 — In fiction, Brad Meltzer imagines a presidential spy ring, and the latest installment in the popular Naruto manga series arrives. In nonfiction, Stacy Schiff reconstructs Cleopatra, Justice Stephen Breyer contemplates democracy, and Joseph Ellis finds an abiding love story in the letters of John and Abigail Adams.
Sep 12, 2011 — In the tapes, Jackie Kennedy speaks honestly and disarmed a short time after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy.
Apr 7, 2011 — In fiction, Anne Lamott faces adolescence, while in nonfiction former first lady Laura Bush tells her life story, Mary Roach explores travel to Mars, Daniel H. Pink considers what motivates us, and historian Ben Macintyre traces the fictional roots of a daring WWII operation.
Dec 9, 2010 — Fresh Air's resident book critic selects her favorite reads from the year, including Patti Smith's moving memoir, a feminist slant on election season and a new history of labor unions.
Nov 23, 2010 — In fiction, Herta Mueller, winner of 2009's literature Nobel, writes poetically about life under totalitarianism, and Elizabeth Berg crafts an entertaining account of a 40th high school reunion. In nonfiction — John Adams' letters, America's tacky Christmas traditions, and the sequel to Stuff White People Like.
Nov 18, 2010 — The Roosevelts' unorthodox marriage was equitable, sexually open — and spanned four decades. Hazel Rowley profiles the uncommon union of a four-term president and his first lady in Franklin And Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage.