Aug 18, 2013 — Every new generation of immigrants must meet the age-old challenges of building a new home — assimilation and conformity, old habits and new cultures, adjustment and isolation. Author Helene Wecker shares with us three books that explore the complexities of life on foreign shores.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jan 26, 2011 — Julie Orringer's much-anticipated first novel is a love story set on the eve of World War II, while Anne Tyler's latest probes a man's personal awakening at age 60. Meanwhile, David Malouf re-imagines one of Homer's most famous encounters. In nonfiction, Dr. Louann Brizendine is back with a look at the male brain.
Dec 1, 2010 — This week in fiction, an unlikely English love story reveals class and racial tensions in an English village, while in nonfiction, two postwar pop-culture icons share their life stories, and two respected journalists tackle the financial crisis and the rise of Dubai.
Jul 28, 2010 — Hotels, pools, beaches, airplanes: all good places to ignite a summer fling — or read about one. Here are six recent titles that will let you explore, from the safety of your deck chair, our human capacity for ecstasy and pain.
Mar 31, 2010 — At the massive central Florida retirement community of 80,000 residents, the lines blur between public and private, civic and commercial, real and fictional. There are no residents under age 19, everything is golf-cart accessible — and it's all owned by one developer. But the residents like it — it allows them to retire to a life free of irritation.
Jan 13, 2010 — At 61 years old, the protagonist of Noah's Compass has lost his teaching job and is settling into a new, smaller apartment, when an act of violence changes his life. Noah's Compass is Tyler's 18th novel.
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.