Inheritance and succession
Sep 30, 2012 — Susan Isaacs' latest novel revolves around Gloria Garrison, a 79-year-old CEO with a multimillion-dollar makeover business. Isaacs says her female characters don't need to be likable, but they should "fight for something beyond themselves."
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Disinherited by Han Ong. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Old Man and Me by Elaine Dundy and Elaine Dundy. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James and Geoffrey Moore. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Aug 6, 2010 — In James' Portrait of a Lady, Isabel Archer is wise enough to understand that if you're not happy without a man, you certainly won't be happy with one. Writer Rhoda Janzen loves the book because it shows what a woman does once she acknowledges her own complicity in the life she has chosen.
Jul 28, 2010 — Hotels, pools, beaches, airplanes: all good places to ignite a summer fling — or read about one. Here are six recent titles that will let you explore, from the safety of your deck chair, our human capacity for ecstasy and pain.
Jun 17, 2010 — It's no mystery that the Swedes know how to write really good ones. But among the authors with the gift to spin out superior thrillers is a trio of American women and, oddly, the guy who gave us Mr. Magoo. Now, the suspense is over: Mystery fiction aficionado Maureen Corrigan relishes the best of the whodunits.
Dec 23, 2009 — Travel can be stressful, with flight delays, waiting rooms, and hours in economy class. One of the best ways to survive this mayhem is with a good book. Author Susan Jane Gilman offers suggestions for six great books that won't embarrass you in airports.
Dec 23, 2009 — This new reissue of Elaine Dundy's 1962 hit is far more literary than "chick lit" but just as much fun, absolutely crackling with deviousness and wit.