Jun 17, 2012 — Jarhead author Anthony Swofford's second memoir recounts a war much closer to home — a private one waged with his father in the years following the success of his book.
May 24, 2012 — Critic Michael Schaub offers a sneak peek at some of the most hotly anticipated books of the summer: An Obama bio. A sparkling debut. Thrillers of both the fictional and body-science kind. Even Lincoln is reborn in this season of sun, sand, renewal — and reading.
Jul 27, 2011 — NPR coverage of Valley of the Dolls: A Novel by Jacqueline Susann. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 20, 2011 — The best sports writing drags readers out of their armchairs and onto the field. Here are five books that do just that — with a few detours into the locker room along the way.
Jul 27, 2009 — Journalist Joshua Lyon decided to investigate the phenomenon of online pharmacies. Drugs such as Valium, Xanax and Vicodin arrived in the mail. Pill Head is the story of his subsequent hard core addiction to the medications.
Jun 12, 2009 — Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls is a zipper-ripper that has been called trashy, tawdry, glitzy, lusty, sordid and seamy — and that's just the beginning of its appeal, says Nancy Bachrach.
Jul 30, 2007 — Gonzo journalist Frank Owen, author of Clubland: The Fabulous Rise and Murderous Fall of Club Culture, has turned his attention to the history of the drug methamphetamine — and he went on a four-day meth binge as part of his reporting. The book is titled No Speed Limit: The Highs and Lows of Meth.
Jul 11, 2007 — At this time last year, cyclist Floyd Landis was on his way to winning the Tour de France. Today, he continues to fight doping charges and defend his reputation. Landis discusses his new book, Positively False: The Real Story of How I Won the Tour de France.
Jun 20, 2007 — Champion bike racer Lance Armstrong used performance enhancing drugs to win his record seven consecutive Tour de France victories, according to a new book. David Walsh, a sports journalist and author of From Lance to Landis: Inside the American Doping Controversy at the Tour de France, talks with Steve Inskeep.
Jul 21, 2005 — Boston Herald sports columnist Howard Bryant is author of Juicing the Game. Baseball in the '90s — with greater profit and more record breakers than ever — has come to be known as "The Juiced Era." But the dark side has been the use of performance-enhancing drugs such as steroids.