Also: A survey suggests that the dispute between Amazon and Hachette may be deterring customers; Harper Lee apparently has questionable taste in coffee.
Most of us, when we think of Victorian London, think of the work of Charles Dickens. Historian Judith Flanders' uses Dickens' words to paint a vivid portrait of a vibrant but troubled city.
When we asked movie critic Bob Mondello to contribute to our Book Your Trip series, he immediately began humming show tunes. Spend six minutes listening to this story and you'll be singing along, too.
Chris Tomlinson covered conflict, including apartheid in Africa, for 11 years. Then the great-great-grandson of Texas slaveholders realized he needed to write a book about his family's history.
Phyllis Schlafly is best known for her successful 1973 campaign to stop the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Host Michel Martin speaks to the conservative activist about her life and career.
Also: North Carolina Poet Laureate Valerie Macon resigns; David Orr on James Franco's poetry.
Greg Iles sets his thrillers in the antebellum river city of Natchez, Miss. His latest book, Natchez Burning, pulls from true stories of the racial violence that gripped the state 50 years ago.
When the subject of race comes up in his MFA writing workshop, author Matthew Salesses says, it usually feels traumatic — a burden personal to writers of color.
Author Douglas Coupland tells NPR's Arun Rath that he's not exactly sure how the lead character of his new novel entered his mind. (This story originally aired on Morning Edition on April 19, 2014.)
"There's nothing scarier than the neighbors," says Night of the Living Dead director George A. Romero. His latest zombie tale is a comic book set in New York City called The Empire of the Dead.
If you're looking for a cracking summer read, NPR's Madhulika Sikka says you absolutely must pick up Michael Koryta's thrill-a-minute new novel about a teenager on the run in the Montana woods.
Italian professor Joseph Luzzi's new memoir digs into the divisions in Italian society: north and south, poor and rich, and the question of his own complicated identity as an Italian American.
Marja Mills spent more than a year living next door to reclusive author Harper Lee and her sister. She documents that time in The Mockingbird Next Door. But Lee says she never authorized the book.
As part of our summer Book Your Trip series, Petra Mayer delves into the mysteries of time travel: how do authors make it work? What's the appeal? And should you kill Hitler, if you get the chance?
Liaquat Ahamed's new book looks at one the world's most powerful international institutions. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author talks with NPR's Scott Simon about Money and Tough Love: On Tour with the IMF.
It's the book critic's eternal dilemma: how do you fit all that reading into your daily life? Juan Vidal has an unusual solution: he gets his reading done in bars, preferably dark bars at mid-day.
Chuck Klosterman explores society's modern understanding of villainy in I Wear The Black Hat. It appears at No. 12.
At No. 5, Christina Baker Kline's Orphan Train follows a foster child as she befriends an elderly woman and helps her solve a mystery from her past.
At No. 4, Diane Muldrow's Everything I Need To Know I Learned From A Little Golden Book combines lighthearted advice with illustrations from 60 favorite children's books.
California, Edan Lepucki's debut novel, follows a young, pregnant couple struggling to survive after the apocalypse. It debuts at No. 4.