German occupation, 1940-1945
May 25, 2014 — The award-winning author Anthony Doerr's newest novel approaches old history with two unfamiliar perspectives: a blind French girl and a German orphan. He says WWII history is as important as ever.
May 19, 2014 — Anthony Doerr's All The Light We Cannot See follows a blind French girl and a young German private during World War II. It debuts at No. 2.
May 10, 2014 — Anthony Doerr's new novel, All The Light We Cannot See, follows a blind French girl and a young German private after the Normandy invasion — but his gorgeous prose is marred by jagged jumps in time.
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. This list 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.