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August 20, 2012 From murder in the Venice canals to human trafficking in the desert, Los Angeles serves as the perfect setting for Robert Crais' noir novels, starring Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, two PIs who are desperately seeking normal — both for their clients and themselves.
August 17, 2012 A roundup of the best of this week's NPR Books coverage, from graphic novels to searing memoir.
August 15, 2012 When conventional fertility treatments fail, the rich, childless couple at the heart of Chase Novak's novel travel to Slovenia for an experimental procedure. Breed has drawn comparisons to Rosemary's Baby, but in this over-the-top tale, it's not the baby who's the monster.
August 15, 2012 Romance has always been popular with ethnic readers, even though for decades, the heroines on the covers looked nothing like the women reading them. That's beginning to change as authors like Brenda Jackson hit the big time with black-themed romances.
August 10, 2012 Jennie Fields' new novel, The Age of Desire, reimagines Edith Wharton's fling with a young journalist and the obsession that accompanied its fallout. Without that experience, Fields says, Wharton's The Age of Innocence would not have been the same.
August 8, 2012 Commentator Amanda Katz muses on some seriously unbeachy beach book choices, from the guy in a Palm Springs pool reading a book on string theory, to the woman curled up on the lounge chair with William Styron's memoir of depression, Darkness Visible.
August 8, 2012 Author Larry McMurtry's used bookstore is holding an auction to whittle its nearly half-a-million-title collection down by more than half. "I'd like for the American antiquarian book trade to stay vital and ... energetic," McMurtry says, "and pouring some books into it is a good way to help."
August 5, 2012 For the past 25 years, Chip Kidd has made a name for himself as a top book designer. His designs have helped transform books into visual icons. But in the brave new world of e-books, where covers are often shrunk to thumbnail sketches on a screen, will beautifully designed covers become a dying art?
July 31, 2012 Science writer Jonah Lehrer has resigned his post at The New Yorker after another reporter revealed he'd made up some of the Bob Dylan quotes in his latest book. NPR's Neda Ulaby looks at how the fake quotes were discovered and why Lehrer became a star at such a young age.
July 30, 2012 Growing up near Atlanta, Karin Slaughter learned that tragic crimes can happen to anyone — even children. She says she sets her crime fiction in Atlanta as a way to honor the city's people and turning points, from the election of its first black mayor to the 1996 Olympics.
July 25, 2012 A dispossessed Indian princess and her large-footed servant unravel a mystery among a crowd of classic British eccentrics in Julia Stuart's charming new novel, The Pigeon Pie Mystery. Who poisoned the unpleasant Major-General Bagshot? The answer may surprise you.
July 24, 2012 Our Best YA Fiction poll is live — but where are classics like A Wrinkle in Time and Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret? Surprisingly, our expert judges cut these titles — and many others — for skewing too young.
July 21, 2012 A new National Archives exhibit charts the stories of 19th and early 20th century immigrants to America through documents and photographs attached to their case files. For one historian, one of these "attachments" turned out to be "like a breakthrough discovery of a lifetime."