Apr 1, 2013 — In softcover fiction, Maria Semple chronicles a daughter's search for her missing mother, Jess Walter imagines a glimmering but futile courtship, and Lionel Shriver delivers a tongue-in-cheek take on terrorism. In nonfiction, Victoria Sweet recounts her unusual medical training.
Oct 11, 2012 — Dr. Victoria Sweet began working at an almshouse more than 20 years ago. She found that the missing component of today's health care system is time — for doctors to care for patients, and for patients to heal. Host Michel Martin speaks with the doctor about her memoir, God's Hotel: A Doctor, A Hospital, And A Pilgrimage To The Heart Of Medicine.
Mar 20, 2012 — For Iranian-Americans and for others from the Middle East, Central and South Asia, the first day of Spring is also Norouz, the beginning of a New Year.
Apr 10, 2008 — Once charged with — and acquitted of — the crime of "insulting Turkishness," Elif Shafak examines her roots in her new novel, The Bastard of Istanbul, a book
Aug 8, 2007 — Lots of you are taking late-summer vacations or devoting weekends to squeezing out the last bits of this lovely season, and we didn't want you do to do it bookless. Here's a late, but still timely, list of summer book recommendations from Day to Day's Karen Grigsby Bates.
Aug 8, 2007 — What Sara Miles learns about faith, about herself and about the gift of giving and receiving graciously are wonderful gifts for the reader as well. Her memoir is recommended by Day to Day's Karen Grigsby Bates.
Feb 6, 2007 — When Elif Shafak's novel The Bastard of Istanbul was published in her home country, the best-selling author was accused of "public denigration of Turkishness." She was eventually acquitted.
Oct 8, 2006 — Cross an artichoke with celery, and you come close to getting a cardoon. For our food moment this week, food writer Peggy Knickerbocker talks about cardoons — a wonderfully weird vegetable with mediterranean "roots." Knickerbocker is the co-author of The San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market Cookbook.
Jul 4, 2006 — The combination of writing talent and juicy material on display in Sean Wilsey's memoir Oh the Glory of It All is what has author Curtis Sittenfeld singing its praises to others. The people and places described "come explosively and thrillingly alive," says the author of Prep.
May 25, 2006 — San Francisco's Fillmore District is known for its namesake rock venue, but once it was home to legendary jazz clubs. A new photo book preserves the record of a neighborhood that fell victim to "urban renewal."