Books Sebastian Barry Books by Sebastian Barry Sebastian Barry has written books about: Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Fiction Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Sebastian Barry New In Paperback Meant To Be: 'The Marriage Plot,' The First Couple And 'Just My Type' September 5, 2012 Jeffrey Eugenides traces a love triangle, while Sebastian Barry examines a woman's well-lived life. In nonfiction, Jodi Kantor explores the Obamas' marriage, David Margolick revisits Arkansas school integration, and Simon Garfield romps through the history of type. Best Books Of 2011 Booksellers' Picks: Catch The Year's Freshest Reads December 9, 2011 Susan Stamberg gathers recommendations for the season's best books from independent booksellers Lucia Silva, Rona Brinlee and Daniel Goldin. This winter, their top picks range in subject from toasters to typeface, odd bookmarks to old Volkswagens, department stores to pasta design. Booksellers' Picks: Catch The Year's Freshest Reads Listen · 7:20 7:20 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/143222944/143429557" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Summer Books 2008: Excerpts Excerpt: 'The Secret Scripture' May 23, 2008 A 100-year-old woman wracks her mind in a hunt for memories in Sebastian Barry's novel. Memory and history often conflict in this mesmerizing saga, as seemingly small decisions have large consequences, and different versions of the same facts collide on the page.