Jul 27, 2011 — As a Rome-based newspaper falls apart, the men and women who produce it try to hold their own lives together. Author Tom Rachman draws on experience as a foreign correspondent in The Imperfectionists, which enjoys its 28th week on the list.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jan 5, 2011 — In fiction, the old world of ex-pat print journalists in Rome beckons. If you'd rather face the facts, there's unconventional parenting advice or Atul Gawande's prescriptions for modern surgeons. Plus memoirs by novelist Siri Hustvedt and rocker Ozzy Osbourne, and a biography of Warren Beatty.
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.
Jun 29, 2010 — Bestsellerdom doesn't necessarily bring with it a promise of quality, so we've hand-selected five titles from the NPR Bestseller List: an acutely observed first novel with satiric punch, three works of fiction from established authors at the top of their game, and a startlingly powerful science thriller from a nonfiction newcomer.
Nov 10, 2009 — More staff picks of standout books. This week, new nonfiction: Newspaperman Harold Evans traces his rise, while poet Mary Karr details her fall — and redemption. Nina Totenberg reads the Scalia biography. And great detective writers reveal the origins of their famous sleuths.
Nov 5, 2009 — The British journalist talks with Steve Inskeep about his tenure as editor of the Sunday Times in London and his crusade to maintain journalism's commitment to public good. Evans has a new memoir called My Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished Times.
Jan 10, 2006 — Book critic Alan Cheuse reviews Marjorie Kowalski Cole's debut novel, Correcting the Landscape. The story takes place in Fairbanks, Alaska, three years after the Exxon Valdez disaster and presents a public interest story intertwined with a love story.