Nov 25, 2013 — In softcover fiction, Joyce Carol Oates wreaks karmic horror on turn-of-the-century Princeton, and Sebastian Faulks braids five lives in the search for what makes a self. In softcover nonfiction, Elton John tells the story of his crusade for better AIDS treatment, and Bernard Lewis maps the Middle East with a life's worth of anecdotes.
Aug 8, 2013 — A lengthy interview with Leonard Bernstein. One man's quest to understand obsessive Phish fandom. A look at the life of a jazz legend. We survey these and other highlights of music-themed books worth reading this summer.
Dec 4, 2012 — Author Sebastian Faulks says all of the characters in his new novel, A Possible Life, "struggle with the idea of selfhood, and who they are and identity." The novel weaves together five separate stories, jumping centuries and locations, and Faulks compares them to movements in a symphony.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Rhino Ranch by Larry McMurtry. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Aug 27, 2009 — In Rhino Ranch, Larry McMurtry returns to his lighter side and his recurring protagonist, Duane Moore. The gentle comedy tracks the once-powerful oilman as he adjusts to his own retirement and to the changes a new nature preserve brings to his small Texas town.