May 26, 2013 — When author Lucas Mann turned 13, his father gave him a copy of Portnoy's Complaint, a novel The New Yorker dubbed "one of the dirtiest books ever published." Mann says the book taught him that life is painful, sometimes gross, and often funny.
Jul 27, 2011 — NPR coverage of Herzog by Saul Bellow. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 26, 2011 — NPR coverage of Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Everyman by Philip Roth. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Ulysses by James Joyce. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jun 1, 2009 — Forbidden love affairs almost never end happily ever after, but even so, these three books about the intensity and force of illicit love are meant to be savored for eternity.
May 18, 2009 — There's a little thing author Jeffrey Eugenides does when he can't write. When he's feeling sleepy, when his head is in a fog, he reaches across his desk, digs under the piles of unanswered mail, and unearths his copy of Herzog by Saul Bellow.
May 6, 2009 — Moby Dick, Ulysses and The Sound and the Fury can cause cold sweats just by coming up on a syllabus, but author Jack Murnighan swears that these classics are packed with humor.
May 27, 2007 — Eve Tallman, director of the prize-winning Grand County Public Library in Moab, Utah, kicks off our annual summer reading series with a handful of books she's set aside for the season.
May 8, 2006 — Philip Roth's new novel is about a 71-year-old multi-divorced, successful advertising man who is facing his physical deterioration and approaching death — without the aid of religion or philosophy. One reviewer called Everyman a "swift, brutal novel about a heartbreakingly ordinary subject."