Dec 11, 2012 — Gift books should be special: arrestingly visual, deeply felt, quirky, comprehensive, important. We've combed the shelves to bring you several such suggestions, guaranteed to put a sparkle in the eyes of any big reader.
Oct 19, 2012 — David Brooks edits the latest edition of The Best American Essays. It debuts at No. 14.
Nov 3, 2011 — From the death of a Georgian luger at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics to the mechanics of hockey fights, the best sportswriting can inspire a range of human emotion. Jane Leavy, editor of The Best American Sports Writing 2011 anthology, joins NPR's Neal Conan to share some of her favorite sports stories.
Nov 11, 2010 — Although she says she doesn't "believe in politics," Maira Kalman went on a yearlong adventure to paint and write the story of American democracy. Out of it came the graphic novel And the Pursuit of Happiness. Along the way, Kalman says, she became smitten with Ruth Bader Ginsberg, intimidated by Thomas Jefferson, and she fell in love with Abe Lincoln. And she gained a great respect for American democracy.
Nov 2, 2010 — Whimsical and richly illustrated, Maira Kalman's graphic diary is an optimistic yearlong exploration of American history and government. And the Pursuit of Happiness is an unorthodox tribute to the United States — from musings on the Department of Homeland Security to Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Ben Franklin.
Aug 18, 2010 — The days are getting shorter, and it's hard to breeze though pages like you did on vacation just a few short weeks ago. Critic Cord Jefferson offers five nonfiction titles — true stories that will gently ease you out of the summer months, and back into the routines of fall.
Jun 2, 2010 — The Daily Show's senior correspondent opens up about her crush on Jesus Christ, her introduction to sex and her ability to coax total strangers into conversation on national TV — all in her new memoir, I Know I Am, But What Are You?
Jan 28, 2009 — A new book series promises to highlight the best work of contemporary black authors. That's the hope of professor Gerald Early, co-editor of Best African American Fiction and Best African American Essays. He says it's the first of what will become an annual collection.
Dec 12, 2008 — If reading a story is — as John Gardner said — like falling into a vivid and continuous waking dream, then is giving a book like giving someone a dream? Reviewer Alan Cheuse puzzles over the perfect books for your loved ones this year.