Dec 21, 2012 — Ayana Mathis' Twelve Tribes Of Hattie is a tale of adversity and resilience. It debuts at No. 10.
Dec 11, 2012 — Oprah Winfrey's second pick for her rebooted book club is The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, by first-time novelist Ayana Mathis. It's a chronicle of the Great Migration of African-Americans leaving the rural South, following a family matriarch who leaves Georgia to start a new life in Philadelphia.
Jul 2, 2012 — Author Solomon Jones says death can seem angelic at first — especially to the lost, addicted kids in his book The Last Confession. He says many of his stories come from his own experiences as a homeless drug addict on the streets of Philadelphia.
Oct 31, 2011 — Looking for something thoughtful to go along with your Halloween thrills? Author Lisa Tucker recommends three page-turners that will make you feel scarily smart.
Apr 4, 2011 — Every day, Americans of different races pass on sidewalks, barely acknowledging one another. But Elijah Anderson, author of Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life, says even highly segregated cities harbor spaces that enable all kinds of people to interact.
Dec 20, 2010 — Founding Father Robert Morris was a laissez-faire capitalist and subject of perhaps the first American congressional inquiry. In Robert Morris: Financier of the American Revolution, author Charles Rappleye argues that the war couldn't have been won without him.
Oct 24, 2010 — Octavius Catto led the fight to desegregate Philadelphia's horse-drawn streetcars, raised all-black regiments to fight in the Civil War, and pushed for black voting rights — all before the age of 32. Despite all that, he's barely remembered today. But a new book sheds life on his groundbreaking work.
Aug 20, 2009 — Jane Haddam's most recent novel featuring ex-FBI agent Gregory Demarking, is centered on the controversy over the biology curriculum in a small, very conservative town in Pennsylvania.
Aug 20, 2009 — Getting ready for one last trip to the beach? Have a long plane ride coming up? Or are you just ready to become engrossed in a good book? Try these mysteries you may have missed.
Apr 18, 2009 — NPR's Scott Simon talks with humor writer Joe Queenan about "Closing Time," Queenan's memoir of growing up in a Philadelphia housing project with an abusive father and indifferent mother.