Dec 11, 2013 — Fresh Air's book critic says it's just a fluke that 9 of the 11 titles she picked this year were written by female authors. Her favorites include a jumbo-sized Dickensian novel, a biography of Ben Franklin's sister, a comedy of manners, a stunning Scandinavian mystery and more.
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.
Nov 20, 2013 — On Tuesday night, finalists for the National Book Awards read from their nominated works at The New School in New York City. The National Book Foundation will announce the winners Wednesday night.
Oct 10, 2013 — For centuries, the memory of Jane Franklin has languished in brother Benjamin's shadow. While Ben is on currency and splashed across textbooks, Jane's life of curiosity and hardship has been forgotten. In Book of Ages, historian Jill Lepore draws a portrait of one of the American Revolution's "little women."
Jul 27, 2011 — Dennis Lehane returns to a torn character he invented a decade ago, Ruth Rendell visits London's Portobello Road, Karen Russell sets her debut in the Florida swamps, and Anne Fortier explores Romeo and Juliet in a modern love story. Meanwhile, Rosanne Cash reflects on her life and famous family.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Nov 24, 2010 — Young adult author Gayle Forman picks her favorite teen novels of the year, from a Parisian adventure to a high school student affected by life during wartime.
Nov 13, 2010 — Dennis Lehane is renowned for the gritty realism of his authentic Boston crime novels, including best-sellers (and hit films) Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone. In his new novel Moonlight Mile, he dives again into Beantown's mean streets.
Oct 2, 2007 — Fresh Air's book critic reviews Run, the latest novel from best-selling Bel Canto author Ann Patchett. Run, about a Boston family, a disputed legacy, and the aftermath of an accident on a snowy night, is Patchett's fifth novel.
Nov 14, 2006 — Myla Goldberg is the author of the novels Bee Season (that's spelling bees, not stinging bees) and Wickett's Remedy (about the 1918 flu epidemic). She lives in Brooklyn, NY.