Sep 29, 2011 — Jonathan Franzen's much-discussed Freedom arrives in paperback, along with selected stories from William Trevor and a new Rick Bass novel set in 1950s Nashville. In nonfiction, Nelson Mandela opens the archives to his past, and Ian Frazier explores Siberia.
Apr 2, 2010 — In his book Lost States, Michael J. Trinklein reimagines the U.S. with the many states that never made it into the republic: Transylvania, Forgottonia, and Texlahoma, to name a few.
Oct 6, 2008 — Are you experiencing political addiction? Signs include an obsession with the electoral map, overuse of the phrase "game-changer" and a trance-like fixation on Nov. 4. If this could be you, then we have three books to feed your habit.
Feb 6, 2008 — In this week's Wisdom Watch, journalist and activist Charlie Cobb talks about his new book, On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail. The book is a journey through Southern history of African-American culture.
Sep 28, 2006 — The Los Angeles County Fair is the largest in the country, and it takes a big personality to cover all the fun... Self-proclaimed "histo-tainer" Charles Phoenix visits the fair in search of extraordinary livestock, deep-fried Twinkies, and a high-stakes bean bag toss.
Aug 13, 2006 — Dealing with the country's problems puts an awful strain on U.S. presidents. Kenneth Walsh's book looks at where presidents go to replenish their minds and spirits and what those places reveal about these leaders.
Aug 1, 2005 — Author, poet and university professor Richard Shelton uses a trip from Tucson to Bisbee to tell the story of the land. Along the way, he also reflects on his life in the desert.
May 10, 2005 — Vowell plays the role of historical tourist in her new book 'Assassination Vacation.' She recounts travels to various historical sites, piecing together stories of fallen presidents and the men who gunned them down.
Apr 15, 2005 — Vowell's new book, Assassination Vacation, is about her visits to the gravesites and monuments honoring Presidents Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley. Vowell also voiced the character of Violet in the animated film 'The Incredibles.' This story was originally broadcast on April 20, 2000 and Sept. 16, 2002.