Dec 3, 2012 — This year's treasures include a heart-racing memoir, a fun first novel, a fascinating study of fraternal bonds, plus Toni Morrison's Home and Christopher Hitchens' last work. Critic Heller McAlpin has sifted through piles of new publications and panned for literary gold.
Sep 12, 2012 — While undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer, Christopher Hitchens chronicled his experience of "living dyingly" in a series of essays for Vanity Fair. Those essays and other notes from the author's final days are compiled in the posthumous book Mortality, with an afterword by his wife, Carol Blue.
Sep 6, 2012 — Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story, a biography of writer David Foster Wallace, debuts at No. 10.
Sep 5, 2012 — Iconoclastic journalist Christopher Hitchens, who died from esophageal cancer in December 2011, chronicled his battle with the disease — his 18 months "of living dyingly" — in Mortality. Critic Heller McAlpin says the tragically posthumous work is full of his pugnacious, ever-bright prose.
Jul 25, 2011 — NPR coverage of Twelve Breaths a Minute: End-of-Life Essays by Lee Gutkind, Karen Wolk Feinstein, and Francine Prose. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 25, 2011 — Twelve Breaths a Minute: End-of-Life Essays captures the experiences of family members, doctors, caregivers and others who have learned valuable lessons from witnessing life's final moments.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Infinities by John Banville. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Mar 8, 2010 — The latest novel from John Banville throws a handful of Greek gods into the household of a glum human family to explore sex, love, faith and mortality. Reviewer Maureen Corrigan says The Infinities puts Banville's literary gifts on prominent display.
May 31, 2008 — Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo edited and contributed to a new volume called A Healing Touch: True Stories of Life, Death, and Hospice. He says the book that he and his five fellow writers thought would be about loss and grief turned into something very different.
Oct 9, 2004 — A young paramedic in Manhattan is the subject of Shannon Burke's first novel. It's called Safelight. Hear Burke and NPR's Scott Simon.