Nov 13, 2012 — In fiction, Ann Beattie channels first lady Pat Nixon, while Ben Marcus looks at the consequences of nasty rhetoric, and Jonathan Odell imagines a slave healer's life. In nonfiction, the creators of Portlandia offer a guided tour of Portland, Ore., and Ellen Forney reflects on her bipolar disorder.
May 25, 2012 — Not sure what to read this summer? NPR's Susan Stamberg asked three booksellers to share their top five picks for the books you shouldn't miss. They recommend tales of con artists, grade-school spies, refugees and ranchers — plus an exploration of why stories make us human.
Jun 2, 2006 — Lucia Silva of Portrait of a Bookstore in Los Angeles, Calif., recommends Birds in Fall by Brad Kossler in her conversation about summer reading with Susan Stamberg on Morning Edition. It "blossoms from inconceivable tragedy into an uncontrived mosaic of love, loss, and simple grace."