May 27, 2008 While there's definite comfort to be had in the familiar authors, sometimes what you really want is the spark and thrill of a chance encounter — that's where first books come in.
May 26, 2008 Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan presents her nonfiction summer reading list — three true tales, plus one book of fiction she just couldn't resist.
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May 23, 2008 What better way to spend a summer afternoon than curled up with a good book? NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg asks three independent booksellers for their picks for lazy days and warm nights.
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August 1, 2005 Mountain City, Nev., is down to just a few dozen people. It's years as a bustling mining town are gone. But the comings and goings at Tremewan's, the general store Gregory Martin's family has run for more than 40 years, reveal a remarkably vibrant community.
August 1, 2005 Author Joyce Johnson tells the story of the Beat movement in New York, and the story of her romantic relationship with Jack Kerouac.
August 1, 2005 Hettie Cohen moved to New York's Grenwich Village from Queens in the 1950s, where she married controversial black poet LeRoi Jones. Cultural icons Allen Ginsberg, Thelonious Monk, Jack Kerouac and Billie Holiday were just a few of the people who drifted through their lives.
August 1, 2005 In December 1988 Floyd Skloot was stricken by a virus that targeted his brain. In the Shadow of Memory tells Skloot's story of illness, and his drive to recover from it.
August 1, 2005 Author Jessica Mitford tells her story of growing up on an estate in 1920s England. An aristocrat by birth, Mitford lead a life that took her to fight in the Spanish Civil War, before planting her flag as a provocative journalist.
August 1, 2005 Author M.G. Lord, the daughter of an engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., weaves together the story of her family's life with that of the scientific journey to explore Mars.
August 1, 2005 Author William Kittredge tells the story of his family's life in the West, from their arrival through to his own life.
August 1, 2005 Cyra McFadden grew up on the rodeo circuit, traveling all over the West with her free-spirited parents. She looks back with pride, regret, and humor on family life spent and misspent in the gaudy, gritty world of rodeo.
August 1, 2005 Author, poet and university professor Richard Shelton uses a trip from Tucson to Bisbee to tell the story of the land. Along the way, he also reflects on his life in the desert.
July 13, 2005 Robert S. Boynton has gotten many prominent nonfiction writers to show up for campus interviews about their craft, which have been edited and collected here. The list includes the likes of Susan Orlean, Jon Krakauer and Michael Lewis, as well as old hands such as Jane Kramer and Calvin Trillin.
July 13, 2005 Author Gary Giddins remains an enthusiast, never giving up on jazz, an art form that has been declared near death for most of my listening life. Rather than criticize obscure records, he hunts for winners and presents his trophies.
July 13, 2005 Columnist Alan Greenblatt calls this account of Magellan's voyage around the world "a great adventure story, complete with... political intrigue, sexual adventurism, travelogue."
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