NPR stories about Tom Rachman
As a Rome-based newspaper falls apart, the men and women who produce it try to hold their own lives together. Author Tom Rachman draws on experience as a foreign correspondent in The Imperfectionists, which enjoys its 28th week on the list.
In fiction, the old world of ex-pat print journalists in Rome beckons. If you'd rather face the facts, there's unconventional parenting advice or Atul Gawande's prescriptions for modern surgeons. Plus memoirs by novelist Siri Hustvedt and rocker Ozzy Osbourne, and a biography of Warren Beatty.
Making suggestions for your book club can be risky business. If everyone loves the book, you're a hero. If they hate it, it takes a while to live it down. NPR's Lynn Neary comes to the rescue with five book club recommendations that are sure to make for good conversation.
Bestsellerdom doesn't necessarily bring with it a promise of quality, so we've hand-selected five titles from the NPR Bestseller List: an acutely observed first novel with satiric punch, three works of fiction from established authors at the top of their game, and a startlingly powerful science thriller from a nonfiction newcomer.