May 17, 2012 — Novelist Tayari Jones explores a father's deception of his family, while historian David McCullough looks at 19th-century Americans in Paris, Roy Blount Jr. revels in verbal curiosities, writer Bill James reflects on true-crime stories, and journalist Diana Henriques probes the Ponzi scheme of Bernie Madoff.
Feb 1, 2012 — Novelist David Levithan takes a wry look at adultery, while food writer Jessica Harris takes an African journey, astronomer Mike Brown explains the demotion of planet Pluto, novelist Stephen Amidon probes the human heart with his cardiologist brother, Thomas, and veterinarian Nicholas Dodman offers help for aging dogs.
Aug 17, 2011 — For those readers looking to exercise their brains while lounging by the pool, this summer has some great reading options. These five engaging books are witty, smart and, best of all, a lot of fun.
Aug 11, 2011 — NPR coverage of Alphabetter Juice: Or, the Joy of Text by Roy, Jr. Blount. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Feb 14, 2011 — In The Lover's Dictionary, young adult author David Levithan tackles the grownup material of love and squalor, piece by piece, in a dictionary format. Over the course of the novel, the small details about two lovers combine to create a heartbreaking (and often uplifting) whole.
Jan 11, 2011 — Young adult author David Levithan covers adult territory in his new novel, a collection of short definitions for terms throughout a relationship. In little bursts, he helps the reader to understand the bigger picture of a love affair.
Feb 22, 2007 — Ben Yagoda is the author of When You Catch an Adjective, Kill It. It's a guide to writing that capitalizes on the lively advice of writers from Mark Twain (author of the title quote) to Stephen King.
Dec 14, 2006 — It's holiday party season again, and Talk of the Nation unwraps its guide to surviving the festivities. Amy Sedaris offers up some tongue-in-cheek advice on throwing the perfect bash.
Mar 10, 2006 — You notice some everyday phenomenon and search for the word that defines it — only to realize no such word exists. With the help of Atlantic readers, word maven Barbara Wallraff fills in the blanks in a new book.