Sep 22, 2013 — As Banned Books Week begins, we take a look at one frequently banned genre: romance. Romance novels have a long history of censorship, and author Maya Rodale argues that it's not just the naughty bits that get the censors upset — it's the idea that women can love freely and still live happily ever after.
Mar 19, 2008 — Jerome Charyn's latest novel, Johnny One-Eye: A Tale of the American Revolution begins in 1776 with Gen. George Washington sparing the book's protagonist from the noose.
Oct 12, 2007 — In the final installment of a week-long series on feminism and sexuality, Xaviera Hollander, a former prostitute, discusses her autobiography The Happy Hooker: My own Story. The book became an international best-seller when it was first released in 1972. Hollander discusses her life now and shares her insights about harnessing the power of female sexuality.
Dec 12, 2005 — Time to read during the holidays, away from school and work, is a gift you give yourself, author and book critic Alan Cheuse says. His suggested list of 2005 holiday gifts includes tales of space, dinosaurs, music and a mystical poet.
Dec 12, 2005 — "Here's a book for your friends who like to devour legal thrillers like popcorn," says critic Alan Cheuse in his holiday season book roundup for All Things Considered.
Nov 28, 2005 — "I felt as though I had been visiting Pakistan for months after I was done reading," writes NPR listener Kerri of this novel.
Jun 20, 2005 — Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews two new novels set in Cuba: Dirty Blonde and Half-Cuban, the debut novel by Lisa Wixon, and Adios Hemingway by Cuban writer Leonardo Padura Fuentes. Translated by John King, Adios Hemingway is the latest in Fuentes' award-winning Inspector Mario Conde mysteries.