The gender-bending musician and supermodel discusses how her past and her personality inform her new book, I'll Never Write My Memoirs.
Ann Leckie's powerhouse space-opera trilogy followed a soldier out to bring down a galactic empress. Critic Genevieve Valentine says the final volume is rich in detail, and a fitting capstone.
Singer Patti Smith's latest book is a poetic, free flowing memoir called M Train. In 2010, her memoir Just Kids — about her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe — won the National Book Award.
Before his success in the NBA, Caron Butler overcame a rocky youth in the inner city. Drugs and violence nearly derailed him — but, as he writes in a new memoir, he managed a dramatic turnaround.
Theater critic Michael Riedel dishes some juicy backstage anecdotes in his new book about Broadway's Shubert Organization, but fails to bring its deal-makers and their troubles to convincing life.
Once a doctor's hobby, the Kerlan Collection is now one of the world's great collections of children's literature. Over 100,000 books offer visitors a chance to see the writer's process — for free.
Geraldine Brooks is a Pulitzer Prize winning historical novelist. Her latest book "The Secret Chord," tells the story of King David. NPR's Rachel Martin spoke to her about her conception of the flawed king.
You've heard of cover songs — now, a group of authors are writing cover plays, retelling the works of Shakespeare in their own words. Jeanette Winterson leads off, reimagining The Winter's Tale.
Patti Smith's new memoir is a dreamy, elegiac recollection of loved ones gone too soon, energized by her interests and travels. It jumps in time, from her husband's death in 1994 to Hurricane Sandy.
In a conversation with NPR's Scott Simon, Jacques Pepin reflects on his extraordinary 60-year career, his dear friend Julia Child and how not to let good cheese leftovers go to waste.
Rosemary was the lost Kennedy daughter; disabled from birth, she was left profoundly damaged after a lobotomy at the age of 23. But she had a lasting influence on her family's charitable projects.
Author Kelly Gardiner's new novel is a fictionalized version of the life of Julie d'Aubigny, a swashbuckling 17th-century fencer-turned-opera singer whose exploits often seem stranger than fiction.
Cartoonist Bill Griffith discovered as an adult that his mother had had a 16-year affair with another man, also a cartoonist. In Invisible Ink, he digs into the secrets surrounding his family.
Jen Sincero's You Are a Badass appears at No. 6.
Celeste Ng's Everything I Never Told You appears at No. 4.
Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic debuts at No. 2.
Jan Karon's Come Rain or Come Shine debuts at No. 12.
The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.
Critic Tess Taylor reviews journalist Jeffrey Brown's poetry collection, The News.
In the '50s, four people collaborated to create a pill that would allow women to enjoy sex. Jonathan Eig details the history in The Birth of the Pill. Originally broadcast Oct. 7, 2014.