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.
Jun 17, 2012 — Lynn Neary talks to three critics about the books you absolutely shouldn't miss this summer. Critic Laura Miller of Salon.com, says it's a particularly rich literary summer because in election years, publishers release their juiciest books before the fall.
Aug 11, 2011 — More than 5,000 of you nominated. More than 60,000 of you voted. And now the results are in. Explore the winners of NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy survey — an intriguing mix of classic and contemporary titles.
Jul 15, 2010 — George Orwell's dystopian vision offers such devastating political commentary that it's rarely described as a suspense novel. But author and former CIA operative Barry Eisler says the book simply proves just how powerful a thriller with a message can be.
Dec 9, 2008 — Dickens is remarkable, indeed almost unique, among modern writers in being able to give a convincing picture of happiness.
Dec 19, 2007 — Though not exactly a holiday story, George Orwell's Animal Farm is the book that writer David Maine revisits each year. Maine remembers reading the parable for the first time as a teen and thinking: "Whoa, this isn't just talking animals."
Sep 22, 2006 — Most people these days think of George Orwell as the author of high school reading staples Animal Farm and 1984. But author Lawrence Wright says that Orwell's essay "Politics and the English Language," is the piece of writing to which he most often returns.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Animal Farm: A Fairy Story by George Orwell. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of 1984: A Novel by George Orwell. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.