Aug 19, 2012 — Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the devastating losses and the inept government response, dominated the news cycle for a few months. But New Orleans residents' struggle to return home never stopped. Writer Daniel Wolff's new book follows several Crescent City characters as they rebuild after the disaster.
Jun 2, 2012 — The Fish That Ate the Whale tells the story of Sam Zemurray, a Jewish immigrant who came to the U.S. as a teenager and became one of the biggest players in the banana business. "He's like the American dream in the shape of a single life," says author Rich Cohen.
Nov 14, 2011 — Society has a fascination with crime — we can't seem to look away from the yellow police tape. Author Duane Swierczynski recommends three thrilling crime stories told in graphic-novel form.
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.
Jul 28, 2011 — NPR coverage of Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 25, 2009 — Abdulrahman Zeitoun was arrested just after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. The Syrian immigrant had lived in the city for more than 20 years. Author Dave Eggers says Zeitoun found himself in "a perfect intersection" between a natural disaster and the war on terrorism.
Oct 22, 2008 — Why do pigs oink in English and chrjo in Russian? What does the word ma ma have to do with the word mammal? In his new book, Alphabet Juice, humorist and author Roy Blount Jr. traces the origins of everyday words and how they have changed over time.
Jul 15, 2008 — Mystery writer Julie Smith offers a tour of the hauntingly Gothic city she calls home. New Orleans, says Smith, is a great place to write mysteries — not because of the city's crime, but because of its secrets.
Dec 31, 2007 — You can sit at the bar at Commander's Palace in New Orleans and drink history. Order a Sazerac — it's the very first cocktail, dating back to the early 1800s, concocted by Antoine Peychaud of his own bitters and Sazerac cognac for extra zest.