Aug 27, 2012 — In real life, having a pet is hard work — they're messy, hard to train, and losing them can be heartbreaking. But in literature, as author Julia Stuart writes, animals are delightful. Is there a literary animal that you love? Tell us in the comments.
Apr 24, 2012 — Ukrainian novelist Andrey Kurkov writes short, surrealistic stories full of dark comedic surprises. His latest is The Case of the General's Thumb, but critic John Powers suggests starting with his 1996 novel, Death and the Penguin. It's a fast-paced, witty read and what Powers calls "an almost perfect novel."
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Garden Angel by Mindy Friddle. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Dec 9, 2008 — He scaled all 14,700 feet of the Matterhorn more than 370 times, though he is said to have lost track of the exact number.
Dec 9, 2008 — The patient disciple achieved fulfillment: mouthful upon mouthful of warming, strangely angular noodles, in flavors such as "Hearty Chicken" or "Shrimp Picante".
Dec 9, 2008 — Eddie Clontz described himself not as an editor but as a circus-master, drawing readers into his tent with an endless parade of fantasies and freaks.
Jul 6, 2005 — Twenty-five year old Cutter is a waitress struggling to keep the family homestead from being sold. She enlists the help of neighbors — in this case, the residents of a nearby home for retarded men — to come by when she knows that buyers will be at home. A first novel, this story is about people looking for love in all the wrong places.