Dec 4, 2013 — NPR staff and critics selected more than 200 standout titles. Now it's up to you: Choose your own adventure! Use our tags to search through books and find the perfect read for yourself or someone else.
May 31, 2012 — As Britain celebrates Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, marking 60 years for her as monarch, Newsweek editor Tina Brown recommends readings on the history of the queen's reign and her enduring popularity.
Feb 26, 2012 — Hawaii is the only U.S. state to have once been an independent monarchy. Its last queen, Lili'uokalani, fought the influence of the white sugar planters who controlled most of the islands. But they managed to overthrow her and annex Hawaii to the United States in 1898.
Dec 22, 2011 — Stacy Schiff reconstructs the life of an enigmatic queen in Cleopatra, on the list for a 15th week.
Dec 16, 2011 — These five outstanding novels take us to unfamiliar eras and exotic locales — ancient Israel, Elizabethan England, 1920s Paris — while confirming our common humanity.
Sep 16, 2011 — Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra reconstructs the life of the legendary queen. It debuts at No. 2.
Sep 14, 2011 — In fiction, Brad Meltzer imagines a presidential spy ring, and the latest installment in the popular Naruto manga series arrives. In nonfiction, Stacy Schiff reconstructs Cleopatra, Justice Stephen Breyer contemplates democracy, and Joseph Ellis finds an abiding love story in the letters of John and Abigail Adams.
Dec 22, 2010 — As the year winds down, so do new paperback releases, but don't overlook these three gems. Historical novelists Alison Weir and Melanie Benjamin explore the stories of two enigmatic women, while fiction writer Chitra Divakaruni weaves nine lives together as an earthquake hits with full force.
Nov 30, 2010 — Literary Santa delivers his list of favorite fiction, nonfiction and poetry — a box of the best books from 2010 that he'd like to bring to your house on a snowy morning.
Nov 1, 2010 — The Egyptian queen is most often remembered as a beautiful seductress. But in Cleopatra: A Life, biographer Stacy Schiff explains how the well-educated, enormously wealthy, powerful female pharaoh was actually a canny political strategist and tough negotiator.