Books Helen Simonson Books by Helen Simonson Helen Simonson has written books about: Fiction Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Helen Simonson NPR Books NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2016's Great Reads December 6, 2016 The Book Concierge is back and bigger than ever! Explore more than 300 standout titles picked by NPR staff and critics. Book Reviews Shadows Haunt A Lovely Season In 'Summer Before The War' March 24, 2016 Helen Simonson's new novel is a gently charming portrait of a small British town in the last, fraught moments before the outbreak of World War I. New In Paperback New In Paperback: Nov. 29-Dec. 5 December 1, 2010 This week in fiction, an unlikely English love story reveals class and racial tensions in an English village, while in nonfiction, two postwar pop-culture icons share their life stories, and two respected journalists tackle the financial crisis and the rise of Dubai. Chris Silas Neal Critics' Lists: Summer 2010 One Nightstand, Six Affairs: Novels Of Illicit Love July 28, 2010 Hotels, pools, beaches, airplanes: all good places to ignite a summer fling — or read about one. Here are six recent titles that will let you explore, from the safety of your deck chair, our human capacity for ecstasy and pain.