Jun 28, 2014 — In times of tragedy, our deepest insecurities can take over. In Celeste Ng's new novel, set in the Midwest in the late 1970s, the fear that bubbles up is related to race and identity.
Jun 11, 2013 — Canadian writer Annabel Lyon has a special gift when it comes to time travel. Her new novel The Sweet Girl carries us back to ancient Greece, where a teenage girl learns from her philosopher father and fights for her safety in a dangerous world. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says the novel is a triumph.
Jul 30, 2012 — Growing up near Atlanta, Karin Slaughter learned that tragic crimes can happen to anyone — even children. She says she sets her crime fiction in Atlanta as a way to honor the city's people and turning points, from the election of its first black mayor to the 1996 Olympics.
Mar 2, 2010 — When Roger Rosenblatt's 38-year-old daughter — a mother of three — died unexpectedly, he and his wife knew what they had to do: they packed up and moved in with their young grandchildren. In his new memoir, Rosenblatt chronicles his daughter's tragically abbreviated life and his grandkids' resilience in the face of heartbreak.
Feb 11, 2010 — After his daughter — a 38-year-old pediatrician with three children of her own — died of a rare heart defect, Roger Rosenblatt and his wife, Ginny, moved in with their son-in-law to help raise their grandchildren. His new book, Making Toast, is his account of the hurt — and humor — that followed.
Jun 13, 2006 — Dick Cheney's daughter was a campaign aide for her father during the 2000 and 2004 elections. The fact that she is a lesbian put a distinctive spin on the experience. She has a new memoir: Now It's My Turn.
Mar 21, 2006 — Danielle Trussoni's just-published memoir is Falling Through the Earth. In the book, Trussoni explores the damaging legacy of her father's military service in Vietnam. Book critic Maureen Corrigan says the memoir is also an unusual testament to the father-daughter bond.
Feb 1, 2005 — Essie Mae Washington-Williams is the daughter of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond. While her mother, who was black, served as the Thurmonds' maid, she had an affair with the future senator. Thurmond, from South Carolina, long opposed integration. Washington-Williams has a new memoir, Dear Senator: A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond.
Sep 23, 2004 — Co-editors Ann and Gerard Gawalt talk about of the new book, First Daughters: Letters Between U.S. Presidents and Their Daughters. These are open and intimate letters between powerful men, and the girls they had very little time to raise. Hear NPR's Susan Stamberg.