Dec 6, 2013 — National Book Award winner James McBride tells a slave's story in The Good Lord Bird, at No. 14.
Nov 21, 2013 — A visibly shocked James McBride picked up the fiction prize for his novel The Good Lord Bird about a young slave who joins up with abolitionist John Brown. The nonfiction award was won by George Packer for The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America.
Nov 20, 2013 — On Tuesday night, finalists for the National Book Awards read from their nominated works at The New School in New York City. The National Book Foundation will announce the winners Wednesday night.
Nov 15, 2013 — The House Girl, appearing at No. 15, is Tara Conklin's tale of two women, two eras, art and slavery.
Aug 23, 2013 — James McBride's The Good Lord Bird follows 10-year-old ex-slave Henry, known as "the Onion," as he travels with abolitionist John Brown. Reviewer Bobbi Booker says the book "provides a new perspective on one of the most decisive periods in the history of this country."
Aug 17, 2013 — In 1857, John Brown liberates 12-year-old Henry from his master. There's only one problem: Brown is so wrapped up in his freedom mission, he thinks Henry is a girl. James McBride delivers a portrait of Brown and his friend Frederick Douglass as Henry sees them.
Jun 10, 2013 — NPR's Barrie Hardymon has been scanning the catalogs all year, searching for the summer's best books. Her five favorites range from young-adult fiction to a memoir about cheese.
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.