June 30, 2013 From Tony Soprano to Don Draper, male characters drive this new — and yet old — form of storytelling. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks with Brett Martin, author of Difficult Men: Behind the scenes of the Creative Revolution from The Sopranos and the Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad.
June 30, 2013 Novels dealing in privacy-free futures aren't new. But they're rapidly becoming more relevant. Author Max Barry chooses three dystopian novels that are both thought-provoking and chillingly plausible. What's your favorite futuristic novel? Tell us in the comments.
June 29, 2013 In the golden age of the circus, aerialist Lillian Leitzel captivated crowds around the world with her effortless, high-flying stunts under the big top. Dean Jensen's new book, Queen of the Air, chronicles Leitzel's difficult but glamorous life, and the lives of her performing family.
June 29, 2013 Pre-publication orders for Paula Deen's New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up, had made it No. 1 on Amazon. But the controversy over her past use of racially offensive language has led many of her sponsors and TV broadcasters to cut their ties. Now, that cookbook is being shelved.
June 29, 2013 Kevin West, author and blogger, takes NPR's Lynn Neary to a farmers market to choose the summer's best produce for canning. "You take this experience ... and you put it in the jar. And six months from now we will re-experience that moment," West says.
June 29, 2013 The author admits he was once weary of e-book publishing, but when he found himself writing a novella — too short for a book, too long for a magazine — he decided to test it out. He says he's happy with the experience, both economically and artistically.
June 29, 2013 Iain Banks' last novel, The Quarry, follows awkward teen Kit, his dying father Guy, and a group of Guy's former friends as they search for a possibly incriminating videotape. Reviewer Ellah Allfrey says The Quarry isn't Banks' best work, but "it doesn't disappoint."
June 28, 2013 Neil Gaiman's dark fairy tale, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, debuts at No. 1.
June 28, 2013 At No. 13, Joseph J. Ellis explores the birth of American independence in Revolutionary Summer.
June 28, 2013 Dave Eggers sends a businessman to Saudi Arabia in A Hologram for the King, which appears at No. 10.
June 28, 2013 Appearing at No. 1, Wild recounts Cheryl Strayed's 1,000-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail.
June 28, 2013 Carole King wrote songs for others before becoming a performer and writing for herself. In her memoir, A Natural Woman, she details the stories behind some of her most famous songs and her relationships with songwriters like James Taylor, Gerry Goffin and Paul Simon.