Oct 17, 2011 — Moby-Dick is a difficult book to read. But the author of a new book about the Melville classic says it's worth it to make the effort.
Aug 4, 2011 — Few things are creepier than the idea of eating another person — even in extreme circumstances. Author Mitchell Zuckoff recommends these three stories where humans are the main course, whether on account of tribal ritual, or of extreme desperation.
Jul 29, 2009 — What makes a great beach read? The producer of our book series, Ellen Silva, thinks it's a book set where you're vacationing. She has picked four spots — Venice Beach, Calif.; Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts; and South Beach in Florida — with great surf and even better books.
Nov 23, 2006 — In the second of two commentaries, Nathaniel Philbrick dispels some of the myths surrounding the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving, including the date of that dinner, what was eaten and what it was called.
Nov 22, 2006 — The author of Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War notes that the Pilgrims encountered Native Americans — and stole their corn — before reaching Plymouth Harbor.
Jul 26, 2011 — NPR coverage of In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.