Mar 21, 2014 — In honor of the NCAA tournament and the official start of spring, Lev Grossman recommends the timeless The Canterbury Tales, while Tim Lane looks to the sports bio, Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich.
Jul 8, 2013 — In softcover nonfiction, a peek inside Richard Burton's diaries, Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy dive into resilience research and Mark Kriegel tells the story of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini. In fiction, Tim Tharp's Spectacular Now inspires a film.
Sep 22, 2012 — Boxer Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini won the championship his fighter father never could — but his life was marred by tragedy when he defended his title against a South Korean boxer who died after the match. A new biography of Mancini describes how his life changed after that fateful fight.
Mar 17, 2007 — Pete Maravich was one of the most famous college basketball players of all time. Sure, Julius Erving, Walt Frazier and Rick Barry were of the same era. But nobody dazzled like Pistol Pete. A new book examines his life.
Sep 17, 2004 — Even as he led the New York Jets to a 1969 Super Bowl victory, quarterback Joe Namath was riddled with injuries. The Hall of Famer's struggles with painkillers, alcohol, gambling and womanizing are chronicled in the new biography Namath. NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks with author Mark Kriegel.