Jun 23, 2014 — NPR's go-to books guru shares some "under the radar" reads. Several of her recommendations — including fiction, fantasy and nonfiction — will make you reconsider your definition of a map.
Oct 7, 2013 — In softcover fiction, Will Self spelunks the depths of consciousness in a mental hospital; Amity Gaige divulges an East German immigrant's secrets; Cristina Garcia defines the space that separates a dictator from an exile; and Ayana Mathis follows the life of a mother during the Great Migration.
May 6, 2013 — In softcover fiction, Hilary Mantel imagines Anne Boleyn's downfall, Martin Amis satirizes England, Paul Theroux sends a narrator back to the village he volunteered in, and Peter Heller depicts a post-apocalyptic life. In nonfiction, Robert Caro continues his LBJ biography.
Feb 1, 2013 — In Amity Gaige's new novel, Eric Kennedy, aka East German immigrant Erik Schroder, reveals his true identity to his ex-wife and explains why he kidnapped his own 6-year-old daughter.
Aug 28, 2012 — Jonathan Evison's heartbreaking, maddening new novel, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, follows the budding friendship of professional caregiver Ben and his paralyzed teenage patient, Trevor. While the writing can be lovely, the book will test readers' tolerance of puerile sex talk.
Aug 2, 2012 — The Scummers is the last installment in Maynard's Crum trilogy. Maynard based Crum, his 1988 semi-autobiographical novel, on his small, poor West Virginia hometown. The people of Crum who know the book tend to love it or hate it. Maynard spoke with Terry Gross in 2003.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet by Reif Larsen. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jun 11, 2009 — Reif Larsen's book is a uniquely constructed novel whose story is enhanced by drawings and separate stories and musings in the margins.
Jun 11, 2009 — Your reading this summer may involve brushing the sand off page five — or firing up your Kindle. However you do it, we have some reading suggestions for you, straight from independent booksellers around the country.