"For two days and nights, Odysseus was alone in the wild water. The sea was so rough that he couldn't see beyond the nearest wave. Over and over again, he thought he was going to die." Neil Packer/Candlewick Press hide caption

toggle caption Neil Packer/Candlewick Press

Put Down Your E-Reader: This Book Is Better In Print

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/161923952/161934843" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Courtesy of Doubleday

Renaissance CSI: Machiavelli-Da Vinci Detective Duo

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/161269518/161306150" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

British novelist Zadie Smith is also the author of White Teeth, The Autograph Man and On Beauty. In her latest book, NW, she lays out a problem for readers: Do people get what they deserve? Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

Same Streets, Different Lives In 'NW' London

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/160254532/160654762" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Hunting 'Prey' On The Streets Of St. Paul, Minn.

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/158967617/158972256" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Vaddey Ratner's novel is derived from her own experiences — she spent four years of her youth working in forced labor under the Khmer Rouge. Kristina Sherk/Simon & Schuster hide caption

toggle caption Kristina Sherk/Simon & Schuster

In The 'Shadow' Of Death, Stories Survive

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/158691935/158745458" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Edith Wharton moved to Paris in the early 1900s. Not long after, in 1913, after her affair with Morton Fullerton had ended, she divorced her husband of more than 20 years. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University hide caption

toggle caption Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

'Age Of Desire': How Wharton Lost Her 'Innocence'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/158237287/158589964" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Mo. College Debates Balance Of Academia, Budget

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/156005244/156011882" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Harriet Russell

Want A Winner? These Books Made The Critics' Cut

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/155042231/155213217" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Prelutsky's 'Carnival Of Animals' Poems Meet Music

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/152520959/152532507" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Google, Oracle Locked In High-Stakes Patent Battle

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/151017979/151018146" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The Gospel, buried with St. Cuthbert in 698, was recovered from his grave in 1104. Its beautiful red leather binding is original. Courtesy of the British Library hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the British Library

The St. Cuthbert Gospel: Looking Pretty Good At 1,300

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/150891500/151022525" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

As NBA Playoffs Near, Teams Grapple With Injuries

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/150936309/150936306" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Syrian Ceasefire Is Increasingly Under Threat

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/150859095/150859082" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Crisis Intensifies Between Sudan, South Sudan

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/150787319/150787137" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Egyptian Panel Bans 10 Presidential Candidates

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/150705836/150706405" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript