Aug 17, 2011 — Couldn't afford that scuba trip in Indonesia? Didn't have time to hike the Grand Canyon? Fortunately, for those who couldn't quite make it out of town this summer, there's an alternative route for exploration. And all you need is a couch, a cold drink and these three books.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Travels With Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Mar 4, 2010 — The Los Angeles Gang Tours put a spotlight on poverty tourism, but the phenomenon isn't new. Authors writing about class have been giving views of the other side for years. Writer Leslie Jamison shares three memoirs whose accounts define the line between rubbernecking and true works of art.
Nov 6, 2006 — A book about a dog has been at or near the top of nonfiction best-seller lists for about a year now. Librarian Nancy Pearl suggests some other notable books featuring, but not necessarily written by, canines.
Oct 2, 2006 — Leslie, a middle-school teacher who listens to WETA in Washington, D.C., said she had no time for grown-up books until she pulled Bryson's hiking memoir off the shelf.
Dec 13, 2004 — Librarian Nancy Pearl gets a jump on the winter solstice and Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD), that period of the year when many readers fall into a rut of ill humor. She shares her picks for books that beat the winter-weather blues with NPR's Steve Inskeep.