Apr 20, 2014 — Author Craig Nova recommends three books that take a fresh approach to the age-old bildungsroman. The experience of growing up is both universal and unique — and, in these books, timeless.
Aug 5, 2013 — Earlier this summer, NPR's Backseat Book Club — our book club for young readers — asked you to weigh in on your favorite books for kids age 9-14. We heard from more than 2,000 of you, and our expert panel has whittled your hundreds and hundreds of nominations down to a list of 100 great reads.
Aug 7, 2012 — More than 75,000 of you voted for your favorite young-adult fiction. Now, after all the nominating, sorting and counting, the final results are in. Here are the 100 best teen novels, chosen by the NPR audience.
Jul 3, 2012 — This Friday marks the 50th anniversary of William Faulkner's death. His novel The Reivers was the coming-of-age story that author Ralph Eubanks needed to rocket him into his teenage years and on to adulthood. What is your favorite coming-of-age story? Tell us in the comments below.
Oct 19, 2011 — Why do gruesome stories draw us in? What is it about tales that chill us that we can't stay away from? Author Bruce Machart doesn't have the answers, but he does have three recommendations of books that explore the depths of human depravity.
Jul 25, 2011 — What makes a memorable character? It is the one who changes the most throughout the book? The one who makes a personal discovery? Or is it simply the most eccentric who we love? Actor Simon Pegg says that for his favorite literary protagonist, all three apply.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Cider House Rules: A Novel by John Irving. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Apr 27, 2011 — As an aspiring writer, William Lychack was lucky enough to be mentored by his literary hero, longtime New Yorker editor, William Maxwell. Maxwell's novel, So Long, See You Tomorrow, is a meditation on loss and forgiveness; Lychack says every page is touched by care, like rooms of a beautiful house.
Mar 7, 2011 — Fran Ross' Oreo is an uproarious look at American identity, through the eyes of a biracial girl. The funny, poignant novel was largely ignored when it was published in 1974 — but writer Mat Johnson says the time for the quirky novel is now.