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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.
Jun 13, 2005 — Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy is based on the true story of Suzanne David, a Cherbourg teenager who joined the Resistance after the Nazis invaded France. Read an excerpt from this recommendation for young readers.