German occupation, 1940-1945
Aug 5, 2013 — Earlier this summer, NPR's Backseat Book Club — our book club for young readers — asked you to weigh in on your favorite books for kids age 9-14. We heard from more than 2,000 of you, and our expert panel has whittled your hundreds and hundreds of nominations down to a list of 100 great reads.
Dec 20, 2012 — It was a strange and wonderful year for young adult fiction, says critic Maggie Stiefvater. Debates raged over what constituted a young adult novel versus an adult novel. This list isn't concerned with classification — it rounds up five magical books for young adults and grown-ups alike.
Nov 27, 2012 — The only thing that these books have in common is that NPR's go-to librarian likes them a lot. Nancy Pearl's self-described "higgledy-piggledy" list includes a book of cartoons, a Civil War history, a coming-of-age story, a spy novel and more.
Nov 4, 2011 — In Sarah's Key, an American journalist unearths the secrets of Jewish families living in WWII Paris.
Jul 28, 2011 — NPR coverage of Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 21, 2011 — In yet another treacly, contrived Holocaust drama, a modern-day American journalist finds her history intertwined with that of a young Parisian Jew rounded up during World War II. But director Gilles Paquet-Brenner places his narrative focus on the wrong character, weakening the film's impact as a result.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky and Sandra Smith. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
May 26, 2009 — Augusten Burroughs recommends three complex, magnificent books that have one thing in common. Each will fully consume you and lift you entirely free of that most adult invention: time.
Jul 18, 2006 — The real-life story behind Irene Nemirovsky's Suite Francaise is a compelling one: the author's manuscript lay unread for years after her death at the Auschwitz camp. But Nemirovsky's writing, notes author Elizabeth Strout, can stand up to its own tragic provenance.
Jun 27, 2006 — In summer, lots of readers like to tackle complex works of non-fiction. Our book critic tells us why this summer, she turned to two ambitious works of historical fiction: Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky and Triangle by Katharine Weber.