Nov 29, 2012 — Critic Alan Cheuse maps out a winter wonderland of fiction and poetry — from ancient Greece to the near-future visions of Walter Mosley, a selection of the best books to give and receive this holiday season. Cheuse says these five books strike the perfect balance between lyricism and narrative.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Auggie Wren's Christmas Story by Paul Auster and Isol. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Ice Harvest by Scott Phillips. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 24, 2010 — Will Grozier, who drives a taxi in London, is no ordinary cabbie. NPR's Scott Simon calls him "the best-read man that I have ever encountered in my life" — which is why NPR occasionally calls Grozier up for reading recommendations. Here are Grozier's latest picks, five books that are equally suitable for diving into on the beach or sampling on a short taxi ride.
Mar 18, 2010 — Sebastian Faulks' satirical novel is a weeklong tour of modern London, woven together in Dickensian style. Dickens' 19th century characters dealt with class conflict, wealth, poverty and true love. Faulks' contemporary characters deal with terrorism, greed, the Internet and — because some things never change — true love.
Mar 16, 2010 — Linda Wertheimer hails a Dickensian novel of London in the boom days of 2007, before the banking bust. An encore by child detective Flavia de Luce (Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie) is both creepy and laugh-out-loud funny. And So Much for That finds the hilarity in a relentless tale of runaway health care costs.
Dec 30, 2008 — For Mary and Carol Higgins Clark, the family business is suspense — of the fictional order. The mother and daughter write suspense novels separately, and also team up to write a series of holiday mysteries, most recently Dashing Through the Snow.
Dec 5, 2007 — Alabama native Michael Knight has published a timely book. His pair of novellas, collected under the title The Holiday Season, tell the story of families weathering Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve.
Nov 29, 2006 — Author and musician Kinky Friedman talks about his music, his new book, The Christmas Pig: A Fable, and his recent political campaign as an independent candidate for Governor of Texas.