May 23, 2008 Irina Reyn's deft debut novel dusts off Tolstoy's great 19th-century romantic heroine and re-imagines her as a complex — yet still dreamy-eyed — modern woman of today.
May 23, 2008 Ethan Canin explores power and influence — including the way a potentially damaging story can simply vanish from newspapers — in this expressive, impressive remembrance of politics past.
February 13, 2008 Like a great mix tape, this collection of stories is inspired and personal, a conceptually coherent gathering of seemingly disparate pieces that relies on Jeffrey Eugenides' artful curatorship to make it resonate as a whole.
May 31, 2006 Chinese dissident author Ma Jian's story collection Stick Out Your Tongue bends time and reality. The collection, of stories inspired by a trip to Tibet in the mid-1980s, was published in China in 1997; since then, Ma Jian's work has been banned there.
May 26, 2006 "A real treat for poetry lovers in summer — or any season," says book critic Alan Cheuse of this new trade paperback, recommended in his summer reading roundup for All Things Considered.
May 25, 2006 It's a lucky summer for jazz buffs who want to meditate on the funky stuff of life on earth. Alan Cheuse recommends pianist Horace Silver's memoir Let's Get to the Nitty Gritty in his summer-reading roundup for All Things Considered.
July 6, 2005 Get the full list of titles recommended by independent booksellers to Susan Stamberg on Morning Edition.
July 6, 2005 Twenty-five year old Cutter is a waitress struggling to keep the family homestead from being sold. She enlists the help of neighbors — in this case, the residents of a nearby home for retarded men — to come by when she knows that buyers will be at home. A first novel, this story is about people looking for love in all the wrong places.
July 6, 2005 This book of poetry involves many of the same characters as the author's book of short stories. The poems here are like little aural slices of the stories. Though more abstract, they have the same driving force and the same themes of snow and coldness.
July 6, 2005 This Southern novel is named after the first passenger train line to go between New York and Miami and set in the end of the 1950s. The story is told with the backdrop of the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War.
July 6, 2005 This is a delightful story of a group of women who form a relationship in college and remain buddies through decades of divorce, death, and remarriage. Twice a year, they meet and elect a queen who gets to wear a tiara and rule the other eight women.