Jan 22, 2013 — Writer and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips explores the paradox of dissatisfaction: Although not getting what we want may cause us pain, Phillips concedes, we should think of frustration as a natural part of existence, and one that can provide us pleasure if we let it.
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.
Jun 7, 2012 — If there's one thing that teenagers of all stripes spend their energy on, it's friendship. These outstanding new novels for young adults explore friendship wherever it blossoms, whether in the extremes of a dystopian future or the more mundane emotional extremes of high school.
Sep 8, 2011 — The impact of Sept. 11 sent shock waves through every aspect of modern American life, permeating and defining the culture of a generation. Granta editor John Freeman recommends three novels that examine the attacks of that day, and the lives that were forever altered.
Jul 26, 2011 — NPR coverage of Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher and Kimberly Bulcken Root. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Engleby by Sebastian Faulks. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of Kornel Esti by Dezso Kosztolanyi and Bernard Adams. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Feb 24, 2011 — Kornel Esti, by the late Hungarian author Dezso Kosztolanyi, tells the story of a man's epic life in the words of his doppelganger — from night train rides through Bulgaria to Central Europe ravaged by World War II.
Nov 24, 2010 — Young adult author Gayle Forman picks her favorite teen novels of the year, from a Parisian adventure to a high school student affected by life during wartime.
Jun 10, 2009 — When the stock market crashed, writer Lizzie Skurnick turned to her childhood bookcase, where she found a bunch of girls who learned to survive life's downsizing. Here are three heroines whose belt-tightening serves as great advice.