November 12, 2012 Andrew Solomon's new book is about families with children who are profoundly different or likely to be stigmatized. "We all love flawed children," says Solomon, "and the general assumption that these more extreme flaws make ... children somehow unlovable — it wasn't true of most of my experience."
November 12, 2012 For Alan Shapiro, reading Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poems was like an discovering an alternate universe. A Coney Island of the Mind elevated him out of the staid world of his parents and changed his sense of self forever. Is there a book that shook your convictions? Tell us about it in the comments.
November 11, 2012 Jon Ronson, the bestselling author of The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats, has spent his life exploring mysterious events and meeting extraordinary people. His newest book, Lost at Sea, is a collection of true mini-adventures he has written along the way.
November 11, 2012 Two hundred years after the Brothers Grimm published their first collection of fairy tales, Philip Pullman, author of The Golden Compass, revisits "Hansel and Gretel," "The Frog Prince" and other original Grimm stories in his latest book, Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm.
November 11, 2012 This Veterans Day, NPR Books went into the archives to find stories of combat and coping. A mother describes the emotional minefield of having a child at war, a Marine writes a memoir of a mortuary, and a photojournalist pays tribute to two centuries of Native-Americans in the military.
November 10, 2012 Serena Frome is more bookworm than spy, but her bosses at MI5 have the perfect mission for her: to cultivate and fund British writers whose politics align with those of the government. Literature and Cold War espionage collide in Ian McEwan's new novel.
November 10, 2012 For 10 years, journalist Yang Jinsheng secretly collected official evidence about the terrible famine in China a half-century ago. In his chilling book Tombstone — which is banned in his homeland — Yang estimates that 36 million people died of starvation and other causes during the famine, even as grain exports continued.
November 10, 2012 In The Entertainer, Margaret Talbot chronicles her family history and the rise of popular American entertainment. Her father, actor Lyle Talbot, "loved to work," the author says. "He was somebody who felt very lucky that he was able to make a living doing what he loved in a creative field."
November 9, 2012 Each month, NPR's All Things Considered invites a poet into the newsroom to see how the show comes together, and to write an original poem about the news. This month, our NewsPoet is Idra Novey. Want to write your own poem about the day's news? You can put it in the comments below.
November 9, 2012 Criminologist David M. Kennedy's strategy for reducing gang violence has dramatically reduced youth homicide rates nationwide. In his new memoir, Don't Shoot, Kennedy outlines how community meetings and interventions have worked to curb youth violence in more than 70 cities.
November 9, 2012 Yes, the gingerbread house is still here, and so are magic winter strawberries. But this is a world where young women and small children are delicacies, too. They're fattened for roasting, sliced up for serving, and cut up into stew.