Funeral rites and ceremonies
Jun 17, 2014 — From the longest-distance skyjacking in American history to a Little Prince who has had his heart broken by a rose, these books are guaranteed to put your head in the clouds.
Nov 5, 2011 — David Rowell's debut novel puts public and personal timelines alongside each other as he recounts June 8, 1968. That's the day a train made a slow, momentous journey from New York to Washington, D.C., to deliver the body of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy for burial beside his slain brother.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Dec 21, 2010 — Arthur George Gaston overcame his humble beginnings to become a multimillionaire in the funeral home business and a huge financial backer of the civil rights movement. Biographer Suzanne Smith explains Gaston's lasting legacy on black entrepreneurship in America.
Dec 20, 2008 — Carmen Flowers and Sue Bailey offer a guide that makes planning your own funeral more fun than you might expect. The book is called Grave Expectations: Planning the End Like There's No Tomorrow.
Sep 11, 2008 — Returning to a childhood home as a grown-up is always loaded with emotion. These three books about homecoming are guaranteed to make even the most stoic readers nostalgic for the too-tight embrace of family.
Jun 13, 2005 — The reviewer offers summer reading options, including fiction, poetry and short-story collections. He suggests titles from Jane Alison, Arthur C. Clarke, William Carlos Williams and more.
Jun 7, 2005 — This young-adult fiction title focuses on an African-American teen mother living in Houston and was recommended on All Things Considered by book critic Alan Cheuse.