Veteran reporter Fiona Barton brings a journalist's eye to her fiction debut, the story of a woman thrust into the spotlight after her husband — accused of a terrible crime — dies in an accident.
Ruth Goodman — adviser to BBC productions like Wolf Hall — digs deep into the everyday life of Tudor England in her new book. Surprisingly, Elizabethan hygiene isn't as bad as you might think.
Author Ethan Canin says two odd talents contributed to his main character becoming a mathematician: He can always tell where he is on Earth and he can draw things perfectly.
Livia Llewellyn's new story collection is beautiful and hideous in the same breath, steeped in the traditions of H.P. Lovecraft. Critic Jason Heller calls it "bursting with blood and shadow and dust."
Journalist Susan Jacoby tells Fresh Air that more than half of Americans will change religion at least once in their adult life time. Her new book is Strange Gods: A Secular History of Conversion.
We all have comfort foods — even Pope Francis and the men who guard him. The Vatican Cookbook is a tour of life and food in the world's smallest country, as told by members of the Swiss Guard.
On its final voyage, Germany's Wilhelm Gustloff carried soldiers and thousands of civilians, many of them children. Young adult author Ruta Sepetys revisits the ship's 1945 sinking in Salt to the Sea.
From LA to New York, Chef Deuki Hong and writer Matt Rodbard spent two years eating in Korean-American communities. Their new cookbook captures both well-known and obscure flavors of this cuisine.
Tess Taylor reviews a posthumous collection by Larry Levis, The Darkening Trapeze.
Sue Klebold says she wishes she'd asked her son Dylan "the kinds of questions that would've encouraged him to open up." Published 17 years after the massacre, her new memoir is A Mother's Reckoning.
David Greene talks to author Diane Les Becquets about her new novel Breaking Wild which vividly evokes Colorado's rugged backcountry.
College sports rake in billions, but the athletes' pay just covers college costs. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with author Joe Nocera about Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA.
The cartels' business models are similar to those of big-box stores and franchises, says Tom Wainwright, former Mexico City bureau chief for The Economist. His new book is Narconomics.
Kristopher Jansma's novel, Why We Came to the City, explores the dynamic between a group of friends who must confront cancer, alcoholism and the mirage of contentment created by New York City.
In this posthumous novel beloved food writer, M.F.K. Fisher, rouses the "perfect nothingness, lightness and frivolity of the days before tragedy" as well as the "squirming aftermath."
In "The Vegetarian," a young woman is tormented by violent dreams that drive her to give up meat. Author Han Kang says that extremes of human behavior compelled her to write the book.
"Life can change you on amazing trails if you let it," Stewart says. His new memoir tells the story of those changes — and his complicated relationship with Annie Lennox.
In Tender, Irish novelist Belinda McKeon takes readers through the infatuation and obsession that comes with a lopsided love affair.
NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to author Sayed Kashua, an Israeli-Palestinian whose satirical weekly columns in Haaretz newspaper are collected in his new book called Native.
How will Aaron Sorkin's rapid-fire dialogue fit with Harper Lee's tale of racism and justice in the South?