September 29, 2009 Nick Hornby's latest, Juliet, Naked, is another smart, soft-centered tale of hapless manchildren, precocious actual children and sensible women. This is what Hornby does, he does it well, and he's done it again.
September 29, 2009 Author Julia Glass fell for John Dufresne's "funny-sad novel," Love Warps the Mind a Little, despite herself.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/111839957/113316230" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
September 28, 2009 When it comes to our current understanding of theology, former Roman Catholic nun Karen Armstrong attempts to bring "something fresh to the table." Reviewer Susan Jane Gilman calls Armstrong's Case for God a "stimulating, hopeful work."
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/112913841/113284027" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
September 24, 2009 In Joyce Maynard's Labor Day, a mysterious stranger enters the life of a single mother and her son for a holiday weekend. Apart from being a successful thriller, the book is a fascinating portrait of what causes a family to founder, and how much it can cost to put it back on the right path.
September 23, 2009 David Owen is going to generate heat with Green Metropolis, his provocative manifesto that inverts sacred environmental assumptions. The book mounts a passionate, fact-studded case for the green advantages of Manhattan-style urban density.
September 22, 2009 Morris Dickstein's dazzling new cultural history of the Great Depression, called Dancing in the Dark, is one of those "everything but the kitchen sink" kind of books — that really works.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/113057611/113071178" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
September 17, 2009 If you think fashion is just for rich socialites and reality show stars, you've been watching too much MTV. Melissa Walker has three books that show the key to style isn't cash — it's creativity.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/104816953/112933542" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
September 16, 2009 David Allen Sibley, the master of bird books, shifts his gaze from fauna to flora with The Sibley Guide to Trees. Graceful illustrations of leaf, twig, flower seed and bark accompany concise, elegant descriptions — enabling us all to finally appreciate both the forest and the trees.
September 15, 2009 Award-winning children's book illustrator David Small's graphic memoir is strictly for grown-ups. Chilling, unsentimental and beautifully drawn, the book recounts a disastrous childhood — and a life rescued by art.
September 11, 2009 New Yorker writer Tad Friend reflects on growing up rich and repressed — the product of a traditional Wasp household — in a revealing new work of nonfiction.
September 10, 2009 In The Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood imagines a country ruined by biological disaster and run by a corporate elite. Reviewer Jane Ciabattari calls the novel "both a warning and a gift."
September 10, 2009 Jean Rhys' 1966 novel Wide Sargasso Sea endeavors to create a back story to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Though author Sara Paretsky usually resists such "vampire novels," she fell hard for Rhys' heart-chokingly urgent tale of Rochester's Madwoman.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/112644399/112725372" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
September 9, 2009 A wondrous new graphic novel tells the tale of South Africa's first post-apartheid president. Inspirational and informative, Nelson Mandela: The Authorized Comic Book is as much for adults as it is for children.
September 5, 2009 Lorrie Moore employs her trademark style, in which dazzling wordplay masks painful truth, in A Gate at the Stairs. The novel, about a college-age nanny who comes of age in the months following the Sept. 11 attacks, is Moore's first in 15 years.
September 4, 2009 In Homer & Langley, the masterful E.L. Doctorow uses the real-life Collyers — hermit brothers with a social pedigree and a Fifth Avenue address who died in squalor — as a jumping-off point for a kaleidoscopic trip through 20th century America.
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor