Dec 4, 2013 — NPR staff and critics selected more than 200 standout titles. Now it's up to you: Choose your own adventure! Use our tags to search through books and find the perfect read for yourself or someone else.
Oct 27, 2013 — The Leonard Bernstein Letters, edited by Nigel Simeone, compiles correspondence to and from the legendary composer and conductor. The letters — from serious to silly — offer a detailed look at both the distinguished career and the adventurous personal life of a singular American genius.
Aug 8, 2013 — A lengthy interview with Leonard Bernstein. One man's quest to understand obsessive Phish fandom. A look at the life of a jazz legend. We survey these and other highlights of music-themed books worth reading this summer.
Aug 7, 2012 — More than 75,000 of you voted for your favorite young-adult fiction. Now, after all the nominating, sorting and counting, the final results are in. Here are the 100 best teen novels, chosen by the NPR audience.
Apr 12, 2012 — In Just Kids, Patti Smith chronicles her friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe. It sits at No. 7.
Nov 11, 2011 — Patti Smith remembers her friend Robert Mapplethorpe in Just Kids, on the list for a 53rd week.
Sep 2, 2011 — Patti Smith remembers her friend Robert Mapplethorpe in Just Kids, on the list for a 43rd week.
Aug 21, 2011 — The arc of American culture can be found in the nation's music. Author Tom Piazza shares that story in his new collection of essays, called Devil Sent the Rain: Music and Writing in Desperate America.
Aug 20, 2011 — NPR coverage of Devil Sent the Rain: Music and Writing in Desperate America by Tom Piazza. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Aug 8, 2011 — Set in rural North Carolina in 1963, Clyde Edgerton's latest novel centers on a frowned-upon friendship which blossoms between two teens from opposite sides of the color divide and tracks.