Mothers and sons
Apr 8, 2012 — Will a close mother-son relationship create another Norman Bates? Far from it, says author Kate Stone Lombardi in the new book The Mama's Boy Myth: Why Keeping Our Sons Close Makes Them Stronger.
Aug 31, 2011 — Child narrators rule this week's fiction: Brock Clarke conjures a young prodigy searching for his father, while Michael David Lukas channels a girl who stows away on a trip to the Ottoman Empire. In nonfiction, Ian Johnson says the CIA inadvertently helped radical Islamists gain a foothold in Europe after World War II.
Aug 2, 2011 — Per Petterson plumbs a mother and son's strained relationship, while William Gibson's near-future tale follows a canny businessman. In nonfiction, curator Edmund de Waal traces his family history through an heirloom collection of carvings, and Wayne Koestenbaum offers a meditation on humiliation.
Jul 26, 2011 — NPR coverage of Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Age of Shiva: A Novel by Manil Suri. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of I Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson and Charlotte Barslund. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of A Stranger on the Planet by Adam Schwartz. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Mar 23, 2011 — Jennifer Egan paints an inventive portrait of a record executive and his employee, while Anna Quindlen plumbs the life of a suburban mother. Mitch Albom tells the story of two clergymen, Carol Burnett remembers her TV variety show, and Marion Meade looks at the wacky life of writer Nathanael West.
Feb 10, 2011 — The book features a less-than-lovable protagonist navigating 30-odd years of life and family, but debut novelist Adam Schwartz proves that even imperfect, dysfunctional relationships have their moments of beauty.