Dec 4, 2013 — NPR staff and critics selected more than 200 standout titles. Now it's up to you: Choose your own adventure! Use our tags to search through books and find the perfect read for yourself or someone else.
Nov 26, 2012 — Jordan Matter's Dancers Among Us shows artists performing in unexpected places. It appears at No. 9.
Nov 16, 2012 — The fifth issue of Lucky Peach focuses on the cuisine of Chinatown. It appears at No. 11.
Nov 15, 2012 — In Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin explains how the 16th president brought into his cabinet three powerful men who politically opposed him. She spoke with Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 2005.
Aug 16, 2012 — In fiction, novelists Sebastian Rotella and Tahmima Anam explore cultural frictions along South America's "triple border" and in Bangladesh, respectively. In nonfiction, Jermaine Jackson remembers his brother Michael, and Charles King explores the history of Odessa, Ukraine.
Feb 29, 2012 — In March, we turn to swashbuckling adventure and head-scratching conundrums in The Mysterious Benedict Society. Trenton Lee Stewart tells the story of four genius kids on a secret mission to save the world. Don't be surprised when young readers grab pen and paper to work out the puzzles and riddles by hand.
Feb 27, 2011 — The city of Odessa, on the Black Sea, has packed a lot of history into its few centuries of existence. Author Charles King traces the city's ups and downs in a new book, Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams.
Jun 25, 2007 — If you're interested in getting your child or teen to keep reading during a hot, long, lazy vacation, offer them these cool summer books. Librarian Nancy Pearl's picks all have great first lines, three-dimensional characters and strong finishes.
Jun 22, 2007 — Millicent must learn to balance her genius-level IQ with the life of an 11-year-old. The opening line, "I have been accused of being anal retentive, an over-achiever, and a compulsive perfectionist, like those are bad things," gives a sense of the humorous plot to come.
Jun 26, 2006 — "I found this book so enthralling that my night reading caused me to be bleary-eyed at work and my hands to become cramped [from] holding its weight," writes Ellen, who listens to WITF in Central Pennsylvania.