Feb 7, 2013 — "Mister hit Josephine with the palm of his hand across her left cheek and it was then she knew she would run." So begins Tara Conklin's debut novel, The House Girl, which links the stories of an artistically talented 19th-century slave and an ambitious 21st-century lawyer.
Feb 17, 2011 — A haunted hotel and an antebellum resort for Southern slave owners vacationing with their mistresses are the settings for this week's novels. In nonfiction, there are an investigation of Nevada's Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage site and the U.S. government's Financial Crisis Inquiry Report.
Dec 6, 2010 — Making suggestions for your book club can be risky business. If everyone loves the book, you're a hero. If they hate it, it takes a while to live it down. NPR's Lynn Neary comes to the rescue with five book club recommendations that are sure to make for good conversation.
Feb 26, 2008 — Best known for his memoir, The Color of Water, James McBride tackles the subject of slavery in the new novel Song Yet Sung. Set a decade before the Civil War, it is the story of a runaway slave who has visions of the future.
Dec 4, 2007 — We continue our conversation about A Slave No More and the men whose stories it tells with three of John Washington's descendants: granddaughter Ruth Washington, great-granddaughter Barbara Anne Hinksman, and great-great-granddaughter Maureen Ramos.
Dec 4, 2007 — In A Slave No More, historian David W. Blight showcases the emancipation narratives of two men, one from Alabama and one from Virginia. Manuscripts written by Wallace Turnage and John Washington, and genealogical information compiled by Blight, combine to tell the stories of their lives as slaves and their harrowing flights to freedom.
Aug 21, 2007 — An audience-driven online competition — and a panel of expert judges — picked two aspiring novelists from among 2,600 would-be literary lights. Now their books are coming to a Borders near you.
Jul 1, 2007 — The novel Finn by Jon Clinch imagines the story of Huck Finn's father. Although it's the first novel to reach the shelves, Clinch says there were several unsuccessful attempts — and compares writing a book to building a house out of raisins.
May 9, 2007 — After a failed 1848 escape of slaves in Washington, D.C., divisions deepened between influential slave-owners and abolitionists. The nation's capital was swept up in controversy that would soon change the course of history.
Mar 5, 2007 — Did slaves use secretly coded quilt patterns to help plan their escapes on the Underground Railroad? Many historians have their doubts. The design for a new Frederick Douglass memorial sparks a debate pitting oral tradition against documented historical fact.