Sep 26, 2012 — Condoleezza Rice remembers her time in the Bush administration, Michael Lewis and Thant Myint-U discuss the world's economies, Michael Moore recounts his journey toward becoming a filmmaker, and Toni Morrison collects essays about censorship and the power of literature.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Feb 17, 2011 — It can be a frightening feeling, being out of place. Entering someone else's world and having to learn the ropes is a daunting task. Granta editor Ellah Allfrey recommends three books about encountering other cultures, from the extraterrestrial to the multicultural.
Aug 3, 2010 — As a librarian and a reader, Nancy Pearl scours the shelves in search of hidden treasures — titles you may have missed. Her findings include two chilling thrillers, one exquisite 1960s memoir, a lively biography of George Orwell, an example of historical fiction at its very best, and much more fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
Jun 6, 2008 — In his new book, Brendan I. Koerner recounts the almost unbelievable tale of Herman Perry. An African-American soldier serving in Burma, Perry became the subject of the greatest manhunt of World War II.
May 28, 2007 — The Lizard Cage is a harrowing piece of fiction — with a lyrical streak — about inmates and jailers in a Burmese prison. Karen Connelly's novel first appeared in Canada and was named as a finalist for last year's Kiriyama Prize for fiction, which goes to outstanding works about the Pacific Rim and South Asia.
Jan 16, 2007 — Historian Thant Myint-U is a former U.N. official and a native of Burma. His new book, The River of Lost Footsteps: Histories of Burma — part memoir, part history — explores the problems plaguing the country.
Nov 20, 2005 — In her new novel, Amy Tan sets a group of tourists off to Burma accompanied, in spirit, by a friend and guide named Bibi Chen — who mysteriously dies before the start of the trip. While Chen mirrors other characters of Tan's previous novels, Saving Fish From Drowning marks a departure from Tan's stories of close-knit Chinese-American families. Lynn Neary talked with Tan about her new direction.
Jul 19, 2005 — A new book explores Myanmar's people and brutal military junta by retracing George Orwell's path through Burma, where he lived as a young man in the 1920s.