Dec 3, 2012 — This year's treasures include a heart-racing memoir, a fun first novel, a fascinating study of fraternal bonds, plus Toni Morrison's Home and Christopher Hitchens' last work. Critic Heller McAlpin has sifted through piles of new publications and panned for literary gold.
Sep 12, 2012 — While undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer, Christopher Hitchens chronicled his experience of "living dyingly" in a series of essays for Vanity Fair. Those essays and other notes from the author's final days are compiled in the posthumous book Mortality, with an afterword by his wife, Carol Blue.
Sep 6, 2012 — Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story, a biography of writer David Foster Wallace, debuts at No. 10.
Sep 5, 2012 — Iconoclastic journalist Christopher Hitchens, who died from esophageal cancer in December 2011, chronicled his battle with the disease — his 18 months "of living dyingly" — in Mortality. Critic Heller McAlpin says the tragically posthumous work is full of his pugnacious, ever-bright prose.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Aug 11, 2010 — During the summer of 1896, a 10-day heat wave killed nearly 1,500 people across New York City — many of them tenement-dwellers. In Hot Time in the Old Town, historian Ed Kohn describes the disaster — and how a little-known police commissioner named Theodore Roosevelt championed the efforts to help New Yorkers survive the heat.
Sep 9, 2006 — British writer Mark Haddon's first novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, brought him critical and popular acclaim. He follows up with A Spot of Bother.