Sep 5, 2013 — Do recent events have you wishing for more insight into Syria? Critic Marcela Valdes — with some help from experts on the region — recommends five great reads. From the diaries of a threatened novelist to a study of Syrian lingerie, these books reveal new facets of a complex country.
Aug 8, 2013 — Rachel Renee Russell's very popular series stars a not-so-popular protagonist. The Dork Diaries are written by Nikki Maxwell, a misfit at a new school. Russell was inspired to write the books after seeing her own daughters struggle with the "dork" label during their teenage years.
Aug 5, 2013 — Earlier this summer, NPR's Backseat Book Club — our book club for young readers — asked you to weigh in on your favorite books for kids age 9-14. We heard from more than 2,000 of you, and our expert panel has whittled your hundreds and hundreds of nominations down to a list of 100 great reads.
Jul 29, 2013 — In nonfiction Neil Young presents the story of his career, Susan Sontag reflects on her artistic development and Richard Russo explores his relationship with his mother. In fiction, Alice Munro illuminates the moments that shape a life.
Jul 23, 2013 — Teenager Nikki Maxwell chronicles her "not-so-fabulous life" as the new girl at a fancy school in Rachel Renee Russell's Dork Diaries series. Read along with NPR's book club for young readers, and send along your questions for the author.
Jul 9, 2013 — Have you ever found yourself in the library or a bookstore, about to leave for vacation, with no idea what books to bring? Well, never fear. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to three book critics about the best reads of the summer.
Jul 8, 2013 — In softcover nonfiction, a peek inside Richard Burton's diaries, Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy dive into resilience research and Mark Kriegel tells the story of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini. In fiction, Tim Tharp's Spectacular Now inspires a film.
Jun 13, 2013 — Looking for a great read for a kid age 9-14? Here are all the titles our kids' book club has read since we launched in 2011. We revisit classics like Black Beauty and The Phantom Tollbooth and explore new stories like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Graveyard Book.
Jun 10, 2013 — NPR's Barrie Hardymon has been scanning the catalogs all year, searching for the summer's best books. Her five favorites range from young-adult fiction to a memoir about cheese.
Apr 24, 2013 — At 19, the heroine of Isabel Allende's florid, frenzied Maya's Notebook is in a tailspin of drugs, prostitution and crime. Sent by her grandmother to hide out with an old friend on an island off Chile, she finds love and redemption. Reviewer Mary Pols doesn't buy it.