Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Best Of Everything by Rona Jaffe. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Dec 14, 2009 — Heller McAlpin's picks include: the story of a lifelong crush on Albert Camus, a humorous take on middle-aged malaise, and a no-nonsense look at mortality. The sharp, fresh writing in these memoirs will bring you headfirst into each author's world, with your heart following close behind.
Dec 14, 2009 — Diana Athill, a longtime British editor, writes a frank and inspirational memoir about growing old and facing death. With neither religion, children, nor lavish funds to support her, the prospect of potential infirmity is sobering, but Athill concentrates — inspiringly — on "how to get oneself through the present."
Jun 19, 2009 — Originally published in 1988, Muriel Spark's novel leads the reader satirically through literary London society, with a lovably droll narrator as guide.
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 — With her recent novel, Gwendolen Gross has created two sympathetic people with diametrically opposed points of view, and given each their due. Day to Day's Karen Grigsby Bates recommends this thoughtful, multi-faceted look at what divides — and unites — mothers.
Sep 30, 2006 — Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books are international bestsellers. His new venture, the Sunday Philosophy Club series, stars a single, serious, inquisitive and adventurous character of a certain age named Isabel Dalhousie.
Jul 27, 2005 — Rona Jaffe's hit 1958 book The Best of Everything is being reissued, along with a DVD of the 1959 movie. Renee Montagne speaks with Jaffe about the smashing success of her first novel.
Oct 3, 2004 — Mystery writer Alexander McCall Smith is most widely known for his popular The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. NPR's Sheilah Kast speaks to Smith about his newest novel, The Sunday Philosophy Club: An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery. In the book, Smith introduces readers to a new sleuth who has an uncommon method for fighting crime.