May 21, 2012 — For Nancy Pearl, beach reading doesn't mean light reading. NPR's go-to librarian has dug up a diverse mix of titles old and new — a selection of mystery, memoir and more — that will leave you with some substantial summer reading.
Mar 22, 2012 — A couple's autistic son goes missing in Hari Kunzru's Gods Without Men, which debuts at No. 12.
Aug 3, 2010 — As a librarian and a reader, Nancy Pearl scours the shelves in search of hidden treasures — titles you may have missed. Her findings include two chilling thrillers, one exquisite 1960s memoir, a lively biography of George Orwell, an example of historical fiction at its very best, and much more fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
Oct 20, 2009 — Kate DiCamillo's latest children's book, The Magician's Elephant, begins with a crash when an elephant bursts through the ceiling of an opera house.
May 21, 2008 — Written as a gift for his children and self-published, William P. Young's The Shack became a best-selling Christian novel. Young says God must be involved, because nothing else explains his success.
Feb 6, 2008 — The book Beautiful Children starts as the story of a missing 12-year-old in Las Vegas, but it quickly unfolds into an interconnected tale of the boy's parents, street kids, comic book geeks and strip clubs. It took first-time author Charles Bock a decade to "unpack his head" and write the novel.
Sep 27, 2007 — In her new novel, Away, Amy Bloom tells the story of a woman who embarks on a journey to Siberia in search of her daughter. The author discusses the book's rich detail and the challenge of coming to the tale's end.
Sep 10, 2007 — Fresh Air's book critic reviews Away, an extraordinary novel of immigration and epic adventure from Amy Bloom, the author of Come to Me and A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You.