May 17, 2014 — A new biography by Lorna Gibb glosses over West's writing to focus on her remarkable, tumultuous 20th-century life. Reviewer Michael Schaub says the book is well-researched, yet reads like a novel.
Sep 26, 2013 — In his new memoir, Julian Barnes contemplates 19th century photography, the metaphorical exhilaration of ballooning and the sudden death of his beloved wife. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says the book is beautifully written, if a little disjointed.
Sep 9, 2013 — In softcover nonfiction, Walter Isaacson records Steve Jobs' official biography, Salman Rushdie remembers hiding for his life and Lynn Povich describes a revolution at Newsweek. In fiction, Michael Chabon tells the story of a struggling California record store and Junot Diaz explores infidelity.
Mar 11, 2013 — In softcover nonfiction, Jeanette Winterson revisits her haunting past. In fiction, Mark Haddon's tale of an estranged family's gathering, Glen Duncan's werewolf sequel and Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya's modern-day Antigone arrive in paperback.
Dec 13, 2012 — 2012 was a very jittery year — what with the presidential election, extreme weather events and the looming "fiscal cliff." Fresh Air critic Maureen Corrigan found that her favorite fiction and nonfiction this year directly confronted the atmospheric uncertainty of the age.
Oct 1, 2012 — John Powers reviews the author's memoir of his time in hiding — the result of a fatwah calling for his murder after the publication of The Satanic Verses.
Sep 28, 2012 — In Joseph Anton, Salman Rushdie reflects on how he survived a deadly fatwa. It debuts at No. 2.
Sep 18, 2012 — In 1989, Iran's leader issued an edict that sentenced Salman Rushdie to death for writing the novel The Satanic Verses. Rushdie reflects on the fallout from that order — from the years spent in hiding to the alias he created to avoid detection — in a new memoir called Joseph Anton.
Aug 27, 2012 — Juliet Barker has released a new edition of her landmark 1994 biography, The Brontes. Critic Maureen Corrigan says that even the 136 pages of footnotes are "thrilling," as readers are taken "deeper into the everyday realities" of the Brontes' "strange world."
May 25, 2012 — Not sure what to read? NPR's Susan Stamberg asked three booksellers to share their top five picks for the books you shouldn't miss — tales of con artists, grade-school spies, refugees and ranchers.