Aug 5, 2013 — In softcover nonfiction, David Randall examines the science of sleep, and Susannah Cahalan falls prey to a mysterious disease. In fiction, Claire Vaye Watkins explores the American West, and Ivan Doig looks at a single dad whose world is upended.
Mar 26, 2013 — The rich and good-looking get a taste of life among the 99 percent in Jonathan Dee's novels. In A Thousand Pardons, his protagonist, Helen Armstead, finds a secret talent for getting powerful men to apologize after her marriage falls apart and she is forced to enter the working world.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Thirty-three Swoons by Martha Cooley. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Our Kind by Kate Walbert. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Feb 2, 2011 — This week's fiction ranges from Robert Harris' take on Cicero's year as leader of Rome, to Louise Erdrich's twisted story of a marriage, to Walter Mosley's second Leonid McGill detective novel. In nonfiction, Elizabeth Gilbert gets Committed, and Michael Lewis probes The Big Short.
Mar 23, 2010 — Novels of manners never get old. Any quick flip through one of today's celebrity magazines will prove that. From social climbers to spouse grabbers, century to century, nothing changes. Author Helen Simonson offers three novels for going beyond Jane Austen's gossip.
Jan 8, 2010 — After a trip around the world to mend her broken heart, writer Elizabeth Gilbert found herself happily involved with a Brazilian man she vowed never to marry. The problem? As she writes in her new book, Committed, the only way to get him into the United States was to agree to exchange vows.
Jan 6, 2010 — This week, Anne Tyler's new novel explores one man's rudderless existence, and Elizabeth Gilbert offers an older and wiser follow-up to Eat Pray Love. Also, a narrative of life in North Korea, and in Summertime, J.M. Coetzee offers a fictional biography of the author ... J.M. Coetzee.
Jan 5, 2010 — Jane Ciabattari says that Elizabeth Gilbert's new memoir, Committed, retains the winning voice of her hugely successful Eat, Pray, Love while mapping the author's wavering conviction to avoid marriage at all costs.
Nov 13, 2008 — This wholly original novel delves into taboo territory to become an astute psychological thriller.