Aug 16, 2014 — Thrity Umrigar's new novel is about two women with "a mystical connection." Lakshmi is stuck in a loveless marriage. Dr. Maggie Bose decides Lakshmi doesn't need a shrink — she needs an escape.
Sep 3, 2013 — Ben Dolnick's coming-of-age tales themselves mature in the new At the Bottom of Everything, which chronicles a teenaged friendship that's faded after a terrible event. Reviewer Drew Toal says that despite some missteps, Dolnick has a strong sense of his characters and their shared trauma.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Undiscovered Country by Lin Enger. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Apr 18, 2009 — NPR's Scott Simon talks with humor writer Joe Queenan about "Closing Time," Queenan's memoir of growing up in a Philadelphia housing project with an abusive father and indifferent mother.
Jul 9, 2008 — Two new books bring the story of Shakespeare's Hamlet to the American Midwest, where — in addition to the usual vengeance and depression — the prince of Denmark must contend with a kennel full of dogs or hunting deer from a tree.