No American writer has been able to pin down the intersection of faith, prayer and art like Flannery O'Connor. Critic Juan Vidal reflects on her Prayer Journal, and the faith that words can live.
Sarah Hepola's memoir Blackout is filled with stories that are both funny and tragic — about how she'd drink to excess, and then try to piece it all together the following day.
You'd think spying on the Russians would require some training, but Naveed Jamali had none. "Probably some Magnum P.I. episodes and a few movies here and there," he says. "That was about it."
Sportswriter Kent Babb talks about his new book Not A Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson.
While our intern plugs away at tallying the 18,000 nominations that came in for the summer reader romance poll, we thought we'd introduce you to the expert panelists who'll help shape the final list.
In Emily St. John Mandel's novel, Station Eleven, a Shakespearean troupe clings to scraps of civilization after a deadly pandemic. Mandel and NPR's Scott Simon talk about art at the end of the world.
If you didn't know better, you might mistake the hubbub for American politics. But amid the fickle endorsements and dust-ups, poet Simon Armitage won election as the newest Oxford professor of poetry.
In The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert describes five devastating mass extinctions and predicts the coming of a sixth. It appears at No. 14.
Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, about a Southern lawyer who defends a black man unjustly accused of rape, appears at No. 14.
Neurologist Oliver Sacks recounts his life and career in On the Move, which appears at No. 11.
After her senator father cuts her off, Layla Beck takes a job with the New Deal's Federal Writer's Project in West Virginia. Annie Barrows' The Truth According to Us debuts at No. 12.
The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.
Woodson, the author of the young adult novel Brown Girl Dreaming, says that growing up in South Carolina, she knew that the safest place was with her family. Originally broadcast Dec. 10, 2014.
Pick up a historical romance and you'll find more than a pleasant read. Often, you'll find a new connection to people, places and history-- for example, the Battle of Waterloo, 200 years ago today.
In his new collection Etgar Keret recounts bittersweet and often humorous vignettes of life in the seven years between the birth of his son and the death of his father.
The mere mention of Syrian refugees can conjure up images of families living in tents in the desert. But a bookstore in Istanbul serves as a cultural oasis and informal community center for Syrians.
When Apatow was a teen he landed interviews with an impressive roster of comics for his high school radio show. Sick in the Head is a collection of those conversations, and more recent ones as well.
Professional Scrabble fan John D. Williams' new memoir is chock full of interesting tidbits (like lists of important words with Q, X and J) but gets bogged down in tedious biographical detail.
Aziz Ansari did a lot of demographic research — yes, you read that right — for his new book, and the result is an uneasy but occasionally entertaining hybrid of hard data and too-sparse comedy.
NPR Books is focusing on romance novels this summer. And our recommendations are not so-called "bodice rippers" or historical romances — they're contemporary.