December 8, 2015 The Book Concierge is back and all new for 2015! Explore more than 260 standout titles picked by NPR staff and critics.
May 5, 2015 Jim Shepard's new novel follows a depressed and probably doomed young boy in the Warsaw Jewish ghetto during World War II. Critic Michael Schaub calls it a "rewarding, shocking and beautiful book."
April 21, 2013 Author Sloane Crosley is moving apartments — and, just as importantly, her library. Some books will come with her; others won't. But when she can't find the sheets or shampoo, these are the titles she'll want easy access to.
June 20, 2011 Jim Shepard writes what he knows, but he also likes to write what he doesn't know. "I think literature is, in some ways, about the exercise of the empathetic imagination," Shepard says. "I'm always interested in stretching that capacity." You Think That's Bad is his latest collection of short stories.
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March 23, 2011 These days, news of disaster seems to stream in relentlessly — and Jim Shepard's well-timed You Think That's Bad dives deeper into stories of catastrophes and lost control. Shepard's fearless, exquisite writing illuminates truths about the pain of experiencing disaster.
September 23, 2008 Desperate housewives get all the press, but what about the bumbling, emotionally stunted men of the house? Three books offer a peek inside the elusive minds — and conflicted souls — of forlorn suburban men.
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June 11, 2008 For all the ways movies consume us, it's rare to find good, serious writing that analyzes our relationship to them. Anthony Giardina's three books do just that.
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