May 31, 2013 — Dwight Gooden, blessed with a blazing fastball and knee-buckling curve, was the king of New York by the time he was 21 years old. Everyone expected the Mets phenom to be one of the best pitchers in baseball history.
Apr 18, 2012 — Jonathan Gottschall is an English professor fed up with academia's ugly jargon. He recommends three books that help writers with their prose. Has a book ever helped you with your composition skills? Tell us about it in the comments.
Aug 11, 2011 — More than 5,000 of you nominated. More than 60,000 of you voted. And now the results are in. Explore the winners of NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy survey — an intriguing mix of classic and contemporary titles.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke and Portia Rosenberg. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Sep 28, 2010 — The humorist, who made his name with personal essays and other nonfiction, tells Steve Inskeep that his return to fiction kept taking him to surprising places. But the unhappy endings? Those he could have predicted.
Sep 27, 2010 — As gleefully inappropriate as it is wise, David Sedaris' collection of animal fables uses naughty wildlife and explicit illustrations to take on selfishness, bigotry and other human foibles.
Apr 22, 2010 — Poetry Speaks Who I Am is a collection of poems intended not "for parents, for children, for classroom study or for required memorization," says editor Elise Paschen. It's for tweens and young teens, and includes poems about school, cars and the horror of shopping for your first bra.
Mar 4, 2009 — Growing up an "awkward boy" in the grim, gray reality of 1970s England, Mark Barrowcliffe sought out books that offered a glimpse of hidden powers and a life less ordinary.
Jun 14, 2008 — For long-haul trucker Steve Brosnan, there's nothing like a murder mystery on audiobook to help him escape the monotony of the road. For a new series, "Roadside Reviews," Brosnan gives his take on selections by Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs.
Sep 21, 2007 — Economist Tyler Cowen's new book Discover Your Inner Economist explains how economic reasoning in everyday decisions can work to your advantage. He argues that money isn't always the best motivator.