Feb 25, 2013 — Fourteen-year-old Doug Swieteck has the weight of the world upon him — no friends, an alcoholic father and a brother who has just been injured in Vietnam. But the protagonist of this NPR Backseat Book Club book finds solace in an unlikely place — the pages of Audubon's Birds of America.
Nov 20, 2012 — It's been a great year for high-profile comics creators, producing landmark works destined for many "Best Comics of 2012" lists. But what about the lesser-known artists and their work? Glen Weldon points to outstanding works that haven't gotten the attention they deserve.
Aug 7, 2012 — More than 75,000 of you voted for your favorite young-adult fiction. Now, after all the nominating, sorting and counting, the final results are in. Here are the 100 best teen novels, chosen by the NPR audience.
Jul 26, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Season: A Candid Look at Broadway by William Goldman. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Thirty-three Swoons by Martha Cooley. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 28, 2010 — Hotels, pools, beaches, airplanes: all good places to ignite a summer fling — or read about one. Here are six recent titles that will let you explore, from the safety of your deck chair, our human capacity for ecstasy and pain.
Jun 7, 2009 — The Tony Awards are tonight, and NPR entertainment editor Trey Graham will be watching. But he thinks it's too bad that there aren't any categories for the best backstage dramas. Until that day comes, here are three applause-worthy books about what goes on behind the scenes.
Sep 14, 2008 — A classical scholar with a voracious appetite for high and low culture alike, he's dauntingly smart — but far too interested in why we love what we love to be a snob. Jacki Lyden talks to Mendelsohn about his new essay collection.
Jul 2, 2008 — Shakespeare's works inspire strong emotions both on stage and off. Author Nigel Cliff talks about his book The Shakespeare Riots: Revenge, Drama and Death in 19th-Century America, which tells the story of an argument between two actors that led to a deadly riot.
Jul 29, 2007 — Ann M. Martin, who penned the wildly successful Baby-sitters Club books for children, has created a new series directed toward "tweens." Main Street introduces kids to orphaned sisters who move to a new town and must deal with weighty issues.