Mothers and sons
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.
Jul 1, 2013 — The famed author and illustrator broke the rules of American children's literature in the '50s and '60s, but many Americans have never heard of him. A new documentary, Far Out Isn't Far Enough, looks at his life and work.
May 26, 2013 — When author Lucas Mann turned 13, his father gave him a copy of Portnoy's Complaint, a novel The New Yorker dubbed "one of the dirtiest books ever published." Mann says the book taught him that life is painful, sometimes gross, and often funny.
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.