May 7, 2013 — Even as a child, Patricia Volk knew she would never measure up to her strikingly beautiful mother. But after reading the memoir of fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, Volk found a new understanding of beauty that had more to do with personality than a pretty face.
May 2, 2013 — The humorist has made a name as a playwright, novelist, columnist and screenwriter. Now he's turned his attention to the Young Adult market with an update of the Cinderella story — starring a young girl from a trailer park.
Apr 9, 2013 — In her new memoir, Shocked, Volk examines the two women who had a lasting impact on her as she began to parse who she was as a woman: her beautiful, critical mother, Audrey Morgen Volk; and the famous — and unconventional — haute couture designer Elsa Schiaparelli.
Apr 2, 2013 — Patricia Volk's new memoir, Shocked, chronicles her complex relationship with her beautiful, exacting mother. She finds a useful contrast to her mother's stifled life in a memoir by avant-garde designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Reviewer Heller McAlpin calls the book a "stylish coming-of-age tale."
Aug 7, 2012 — More than 75,000 of you voted for your favorite young-adult fiction. Now, after all the nominating, sorting and counting, the final results are in. Here are the 100 best teen novels, chosen by the NPR audience.
Dec 9, 2011 — Many have come to consider First Lady Michelle Obama a fashion icon. In Mikki Taylor's new book, Commander-In-Chic, she tells women how to dress like the first lady, while shopping from different price points. Host Michel Martin speaks with Taylor, a leading authority on beauty and style for women of color, about her new book.
Oct 21, 2005 — Mascara, foundation, lip liner pencils and lipstick are just part of the suggested Sam Fine beauty regimen. The "makeup artist to the stars" is currently on a nationwide "beauty tour," giving tips to everyday women. Fine has also created a cosmetics line exclusively for African-American women.