Support
provided by:
close
 

archive

The People of Forever are Not Afraid

The People of Forever Are Not Afraid

by Shani Boianjiu

Paperback, 354 pages, Random Hous, Inc., $14, published June 25 2013 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • The People of Forever Are Not Afraid
  • Shani Boianjiu

Three young women in Israel are conscripted into the army and struggle to stay friends as they see their lives change in unpredictable ways.

News and Reviews
Flight Behavior

Flight Behavior

by Barbara Kingsolver

Paperback, 433 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published June 4 2013 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • Flight Behavior
  • Barbara Kingsolver

Bored housewife Dellarobia Turnbow is tired of living in poverty on a failing farm, and she's frustrated by her marriage to the boy who got her pregnant in high school. Then one day, as she's hiking through rural Tennessee on her way to meet a lover, she witnesses a miraculous event on an Appalachian mountainside. The beautiful, ominous vision ignites a media and religious firestorm that changes her life forever. Barbara Kingsolver addresses rural life, climate change and environmental stewardship in this story of personal awakening.NPR Bestseller

News and Reviews
The Orphan Master's Son

The Orphan Master's Son

A Novel

by Adam Johnson

Paperback, 456 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published August 7 2012 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • The Orphan Master's Son
  • A Novel
  • Adam Johnson

Pak Jun Do, the son of an influential man who runs an orphan work camp, rises to prominence using instinctive talents and eventually becomes a professional kidnapper and romantic rival to Kim Jong Il.NPR Bestseller

News and Reviews
A Hologram for the King

A Hologram for the King

by Dave Eggers

Paperback, 335 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published June 4 2013 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • A Hologram for the King
  • Dave Eggers

Hounded by steep debts and a weird lump on his neck, consultant Alan Clay travels to a rising Saudi Arabian city to try to secure a contract and earn a desperately needed commission. If he can sell holographic technology to the Saudi king, he'll be able to stave off his economic woes — and hold his family together. Unsurprisingly, Clay is swept up from his tent in the desert into various Kafkaesque misadventures.NPR Bestseller

News and Reviews
The Orchardist by Amanda Coblin.

The Orchardist

by Amanda Coplin

Paperback, 426 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published March 5 2013 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • The Orchardist
  • Amanda Coplin

When two skittish pregnant girls appear on his homestead, solitary orchardist Talmadge — who carefully tends the grove of fruit trees he has cultivated for nearly half a century — vows to save and protect them. The Orchardist evokes a powerful sense of place in the American West, mixing tenderness and violence as Talmadge tries to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past and faces the dramatic consequences of his actions.NPR Bestseller

News and Reviews
Snapper

Snapper

by Brian Kimberling

Paperback, 210 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published March 11 2014 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • Snapper
  • Brian Kimberling

Brian Kimberling's debut novel is a loose-limbed collection of stories about an aimless ornithologist named Nate, who, as the book opens, is possessed of a glitter-covered pickup truck and a massive crush on redheaded dream girl Lola.

News and Reviews
All That Is

All That Is

by James Salter

Paperback, 350 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published January 28 2014 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • All That Is
  • James Salter

After returning from World War II, former naval officer Philip Bowman finds a position as a book editor in New York and loses himself in a world of intimate connections and surprising triumphs, until he is betrayed by the woman he loves.NPR Bestseller

News and Reviews
In the House upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods

In The House Upon The Dirt Between The Lake And The Woods

by Matt Bell

Hardcover, 312 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published June 18 2013 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • In The House Upon The Dirt Between The Lake And The Woods
  • Matt Bell

Escaping the busy confusion of his homeland and moving to an almost-uninhabited lakeshore where he plans on living simply and raising a family, a man descends into rage, obsession and an abstract sense of reality when his wife suffers multiple miscarriages.

News and Reviews
Transatlantic

TransAtlantic

by Colum McCann

Hardcover, 300 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published June 4 2013 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • TransAtlantic
  • Colum McCann

A tale spanning 150 years and two continents re-imagines the peace efforts of democracy champion Frederick Douglass, Sen. George Mitchell and World War I airmen John Alcock and Teddy Brown through the experiences of four generations of women.NPR Bestseller

News and Reviews
Scoop

Scoop

by Evelyn Waugh

Paperback, 321 pages, Little Brown & Co, $14.99, published November 30 1977 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • Scoop
  • Evelyn Waugh

William Boot travels to Ishmaelia to serve as war correspondent to the Daily Twopence and almost becomes a casualty to the charms of the lovely Katchen.

News and Reviews
Children of the Jacaranda Tree

Children of the Jacaranda Tree

by Sahar Delijani

Hardcover, 282 pages, Pocket Books, $25.99, published June 18 2013 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • Children of the Jacaranda Tree
  • Sahar Delijani

A tale set in post-revolutionary Iran follows three generations of families whose political activist loved ones were murdered during the violent purges inside Tehran's prisons.

News and Reviews
And the Mountains Echoed

And The Mountains Echoed

by Khaled Hosseini

Hardcover, 404 pages, Penguin Group USA, $28.95, published May 21 2013 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • And The Mountains Echoed
  • Khaled Hosseini

The author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns presents a story inspired by human love, how people take care of one another and how choices resonate through subsequent generations.NPR Bestseller

News and Reviews
The Son

The Son

by Philipp Meyer

Paperback, 464 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published January 28 2014 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • The Son
  • Philipp Meyer

This epic tale is told through several generations of the McCullough family, beginning with Eli McCullough, the first male child born in the Republic of Texas. At 13, Eli is kidnapped by the Comanche, who kill his mother and his siblings. He lives with the Comanche for years, becoming a respected member of the tribe until the community is decimated by armed Americans.NPR Bestseller

News and Reviews
The Burgess Boys

The Burgess Boys

by Elizabeth Strout

Hardcover, 320 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published March 26 2013 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • The Burgess Boys
  • Elizabeth Strout

Catalyzed by a nephew's thoughtless prank, two brothers confront painful issues surrounding the freak accident that killed their father when they were boys, a loss linked to a heartbreaking deception that shaped their lives. NPR Bestseller

News and Reviews
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls

by Anton Disclafani

Hardcover, 390 pages, Riverhead Hardcover, $27.95, published June 4 2013 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • The Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls
  • Anton Disclafani

Exiled to an equestrian boarding school in the South at the height of the Great Depression for her mysterious role in a family tragedy, strong-willed teen Thea Atwell grapples with painful memories while acclimating to the school's strict environment.NPR Bestseller

News and Reviews
The Interestings

The Interestings

by Meg Wolitzer

Paperback, 538 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published March 25 2014 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • The Interestings
  • Meg Wolitzer

The Interestings follows six artistic friends who meet as teenagers one pivotal summer at a camp called Spirit-in-the-Woods. Over the next 40 years, they grow up to find some of their talents developing into grand success, while others don't.NPR Bestseller

News and Reviews
The Woman Upstairs

The Woman Upstairs

by Claire Messud

Paperback, 304 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published February 4 2014 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • The Woman Upstairs
  • Claire Messud

Nora is a reclusive schoolteacher whose dreams of being an artist have been suppressed. She is seething inside with rage and resentment, but she manages keeps her anger in until she meets another woman who has everything she does not: a husband, a child and a successful art career. And then everything begins to unravel.NPR Bestseller

News and Reviews
Love Minus Eighty

Love Minus Eighty

by Will McIntosh

Paperback, 421 pages, Little Brown & Co, $16, published June 11 2013 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • Love Minus Eighty
  • Will McIntosh

Will McIntosh explores the disparate love lives of people in a world where death is not necessarily the end, and a cryogenics program turns women who die young and beautiful into "bridesicles."

News and Reviews
The Blood of Heaven

The Blood of Heaven

by Kent Wascom

Hardcover, 457 pages, Grove Press, $25, published May 28 2013 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • The Blood of Heaven
  • Kent Wascom

After running away from home, Angel Woolsack, a preacher's son, settles on the rough frontier of West Florida where he is swept up in a violent new world as would-be revolutionaries plot to break away from the young United States and create a new country under the leadership of renegade Aaron Burr.

News and Reviews
The Sweet Girl

The Sweet Girl

by Annabel Lyon

Hardcover, 235 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published June 4 2013 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • The Sweet Girl
  • Annabel Lyon

Resisting the social mores imposed on women in fourth century B.C., Pythias, the daughter of Aristotle, is forced to flee Athens with her family after the death of Alexander the Great and discovers a hostile world of superstition that forces her to test the boundaries of her father's logical methods and her own sharp wits. By the award-winning author of The Golden Mean.

News and Reviews
The Universe Versus Alex Woods

The Universe Versus Alex Woods

by Gavin Extence

Hardcover, 320 pages, Little Brown & Co, $26, published June 25 2013 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • The Universe Versus Alex Woods
  • Gavin Extence

The son of a fortune teller, who was struck by a meteorite when he was ten years old, befriends a grumpy old widower and proves his friendship by getting stopped at the border by customs with a large bag of marijuana and an urn full of ashes.

News and Reviews
Taipei

Taipei

by Tao Lin

Paperback, 248 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published June 4 2013 | purchase
close

Purchase Featured Books

  • Taipei
  • Tao Lin

A dark lament reflecting the macabre aspects of today's world follows the experiences of a man who navigates Manhattan's art and literary scenes before touring Taipei, where he confronts family origins, suffers a breakup and pursues an internet affair that culminates in a gaudy Vegas wedding.

News and Reviews

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Podcast + RSS Feeds

Podcast RSS

  • Books