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.
Jul 9, 2013 — Have you ever found yourself in the library or a bookstore, about to leave for vacation, with no idea what books to bring? Well, never fear. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to three book critics about the best reads of the summer.
May 23, 2013 — A poor father sells his daughter to a wealthy, childless couple, dividing her from her beloved brother and setting a chain of stories in motion in Khaled Hosseini's And the Mountains Echoed. Moving and morally complex, this is the most ambitious book yet from the author of The Kite Runner.
May 19, 2013 — Khaled Hosseini's new novel, like his two earlier works, is set partly in Afghanistan — but this time, political turmoil isn't a major element of the plot. Instead, And The Mountains Echoed is a story of a family's loss that spans decades and continents.
Nov 3, 2010 — Veteran short-story writer Alice Munro and novelist Elizabeth Kostova contemplate lovers and losers, while international human rights activist Greg Mortenson, comedian George Carlin, and musician and avant-garde icon Patti Smith reflect on their lives in new memoirs.
Sep 20, 2007 — Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel Kite Runner opens as a film in November. But it is already causing concern in Afghanistan and in Hollywood for its depiction of ethnic tensions in Afghanistan and harsh portrayal of life under the Taliban.
Aug 5, 2007 — When U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings gets time to read, she likes to escape reality. This summer, the former Texas education lobbyist is reading books that take her from the wilds of North Dakota to ashrams in India and islands in Indonesia.
May 22, 2007 — Khaled Hosseini's new book, the follow-up to The Kite Runner, the best-selling novel about Afghanistan, is called A Thousand Splendid Suns. The title comes from a 17th-century poem about Kabul.
Oct 29, 2005 — NPR listener Esmeralda says this novel capitvated her so much that she read it in one sitting: "At the end, I cried. I haven't been affected by a piece of writing in this manner in a very long time."
Aug 11, 2005 — The Kite Runner, the debut novel by Afghani-born physician and author Khaled Hosseini, has been on best-seller and book club lists for nearly a year. Writer Isabel Allende says the book — about a young man who returns to Afghanistan after a long absence — is "one of those unforgettable stories that stays with you for years."