January 1, 2011 Making suggestions for your book club can be risky business. If everyone loves the book, you're a hero. If they hate it, it takes a while to live it down. NPR's Lynn Neary comes to the rescue with five book club recommendations that are sure to make for good conversation.
November 23, 2010 Some books aren't just great reads — they're great discussions, too. Critic Heller McAlpin picks the best literary conversation starters of 2010 — guaranteed to give you something to talk about.
December 8, 2010 If celebrity tell-all books are the snack food of the literary world, author Susan Jane Gilman has been on a binge this year. Her picks — from various ranks of the pop-culture pantheon — may not be the proudest additions to your bookshelf, but they may be among the most amusing.
December 13, 2010 We all know what it's like to escape into a great work of fiction — but it's quite another leap of pleasure to get lost in a truly exotic, alternate-reality world of an author's unique creation. Critic Glen Weldon trips out on the haunted, vivid landscapes of 2010's best speculative fiction.
December 23, 2010 Poet and critic Meghan O'Rourke selects her favorite poetry collections of the year, celebrating the "acrobatic glee" of lyrical language.
December 21, 2010 This year, not all of the best books made it onto best-seller lists. NPR's Rachel Syme picks her favorite under-the-radar reads that are worth a second look.
December 15, 2010 The topics of murder, theft and wartime made for some thrilling fiction this year. Critic Maureen Corrigan of Fresh Air picks the best mystery and suspense novels of 2010, in which the past comes back to haunt.
December 20, 2010 Even in boom times, family conversations about politics, money and race tend to be explosive, and arguments get even more heated when times are tough. Consuming this year's feast of great nonfiction books will deepen your knowledge of our struggling world — and maybe guarantee victory at the dinner table.
December 3, 2010 Librarian Nancy Pearl loves reading about other people's lives. And while an unappreciative therapist might call that a predilection toward snooping, it won't stop her from gravitating to the memoir section of the bookstore. Here, for your own vicarious pleasure, are some of her favorites.
December 17, 2010 A new kind of world is taking over — and these writers are a step ahead. Writer Pankaj Mishra picks fiction that provides steady footing in a world that's constantly being reshaped by capitalism and technology.
December 16, 2010 Two things are shared in common by the five thrilling books that make up Granta editor John Freeman's list of the best debuts of 2010: A chaos that reflects dark times and an urgency to tell these mysterious stories — from East Africa, South America, Kashmir, New Jersey — with clarity and beauty.
December 1, 2010 Even in a year notable for economic bust and an e-reader boom, big art books, lush photo retrospectives and other gems both quirky and collectible continue to roam the earth. Here are gift-book suggestions for every taste and budget.
December 10, 2010 Celebrated debut author Danielle Evans selects her favorite "outsider fiction" of 2010, choosing the best books that grappled with themes of identity, society and belonging.