Mar 3, 2013 — No one's perfect, especially in literature. Author Julie Wu's favorite protagonists are of sound mind and questionable morals. Do you have a favorite character who lacks, well, character? Tell us in the comments.
Aug 27, 2012 — Tell Me More looks at literature from the rising BRICS nations: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Of those countries, China may be considered the most powerful. But for award-winning author Yiyun Li, it's China's personal stories that intrigue her. She discusses her book Gold Boy, Emerald Girl with host Michel Martin.
Nov 28, 2011 — Critic Maureen Corrigan selects two of the best new works of fiction and criticism about The Great Detective, and offers recommendations for terrific novels featuring contemporary investigators who carry forward Holmes' trademark method of detection: "an observance of trifles."
Feb 11, 2010 — This year, Valentine's Day shares the 14th with Chinese New Year. Cupid had better flap his wings because it's the Year of the Tiger, and tigers don't eat chocolate. To commemorate this rare alignment, here are three books about love in Chinese families.
Aug 12, 2009 — Wherever author Bonnie Tsui travels, she looks for the city's Chinatown. For her book, American Chinatown, she spoke with residents of five Chinatowns to find out what it's like to walk through their neighborhoods every day.
May 26, 2009 — S. J. Rozan's The Shanghai Moon elegantly riffs on the stolen jewels plot that constitute about 99 percent of the classic Nancy Drew mysteries.
Feb 20, 2008 — Growing up, Chinese-American writer Jennifer 8. Lee noticed the food at Chinese restaurants differed greatly from what her mother served at home, and an obsession was born. The result is a book called The Fortune Cookie Chronicles.
Jul 9, 2007 — Thousands of Chinese immigrants were subjected to riots and other acts of violence designed to drive them out of towns in the American West during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Their little-known history is the subject of author Jean Pfaelzer's latest book, Driven Out. Pfaelzer talks about this overlooked chapter of America's history.
Jun 25, 2007 — If you're interested in getting your child or teen to keep reading during a hot, long, lazy vacation, offer them these cool summer books. Librarian Nancy Pearl's picks all have great first lines, three-dimensional characters and strong finishes.
Jun 22, 2007 — Millicent must learn to balance her genius-level IQ with the life of an 11-year-old. The opening line, "I have been accused of being anal retentive, an over-achiever, and a compulsive perfectionist, like those are bad things," gives a sense of the humorous plot to come.