Dominic Ziegler's thrillingly thorough geo-history follows the Amur River from its origin on the Mongolian steppes, along the Trans-Siberian Railway and through centuries of Eurasian history.
The writer, whose Between The World And Me was the winner of this year's National Book Award in nonfiction, talks about his process and the classmate and friend to whom he dedicated the award.
Javier Sierra's new The Master of the Prado follows a graduate student — also named Javier — who gets caught up in a web of arcane theories about the paintings in the famous Madrid museum.
Looking for a recipe for pickled herring or blood pancakes cooked in reindeer fat? Chef Magnus Nilsson's The Nordic Cookbook has these recipes and nearly 700 others.
The woman behind "You're So Vain" has stories for days about love and music. On the occasion of a new memoir, she joins NPR's Scott Simon to unfold a few of them.
Ernest Hemingway's memoir A Moveable Feast is being celebrated for what it, in turn, celebrates: Paris as an exciting place of ideas, a nexus of people who love life and the arts.
A newly minted National Book Award winner and a new Netflix series have us fully occupied this week, but we've also got plenty making us happy.
Edward Carey wraps up his Iremonger trilogy with a bang, as the mysterious family of the title marches on their alternate version of London; it's that rare third book that sticks the landing.
Curtis White is no enemy of science, but his new book criticizes what he sees as today's overreliance on rigid thinking and social organization, and our unquestioning optimism about technology.
The winners announced Wednesday night included Adam Johnson in fiction, Ta-Nehisi Coates in nonfiction, Robin Coste Lewis in poetry and Neal Shusterman in young people's literature.
The authors won the literary prize in the fiction and nonfiction categories, respectively. Also taking home awards were Robin Coste Lewis, for her debut poetry collection, and Neal Shusterman.
A new stage play finds Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf at the controls of an oddly horror-free version of the Stephen King novel.
Kevin Barry's hallucinatory new novel imagines John Lennon in 1978, at his lowest, wandering around Ireland (with a very mysterious tour guide) in search of a private island he bought but can't find.
Tess Taylor reviews Ross Gay's collection, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude.
Mitchell compares tweeting the story of his latest novel to escaping a straitjacket. "I like what I had to do to circumvent [Twitter's] restrictions," he says.
Ricardo Piglia's new novel is a brainy, postmodern, sometimes funny take on the classic detective novel. Critic Michael Schaub says it has echoes of DeLillo and Pynchon, but is wholly original.
Hidden Brain host Shankar Vedantam talks to comedian Aziz Ansari — star of a new Netflix show and co-author of Modern Romance — about Tinder, texting and how dating is a bit like ... buying jam.
The actor's new memoir is disguised as a collection of letters to the men in her life. Critic Jean Zimmerman praises Parker's willingness to show vulnerability and her excellent, stylish writing.
Roger Angell's latest book is a collection of his writings from The New Yorker, centered on "This Old Man," his memorable essay about the pains and pleasures of living into your 90s.
Tess Taylor reviews Nate Marshall's poetry collection, Wild Hundreds.