May 30, 2013 Vacations are where we do some of our most serious thinking, but when it comes to summer reading, we often reach for mindless reads. This year, beautifully written memoirs — about unspeakable loss, motherhood and the process of healing — offer substantial stories that tear at the heart.
April 6, 2012 It's been 100 years since the sinking of the RMS Titanic, and the anniversary brings with it a barrage of literature. Former NPR editor Rachel Syme has been keeping track of the new releases and lists her favorites here. Do you have a favorite Titanic book? Let us know in the comments.
March 8, 2012 After his wife's violent death, a dentist keeps finding ominous messages strewn around his house. Amelia Gray's psychological thriller takes us to the brink between reality and delusion.
February 15, 2012 Under the impending threat of Nazi invasion, a tiny Jewish town in 1939 Austria decides to reinvent its past. Ramona Ausubel's debut novel, No One Is Here Except All of Us, contains echoes of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Isaac Bashevis Singer.
January 17, 2012 Two terminally ill teenagers fall in love in this sensitive, surprisingly heartening young-adult novel that asks big questions with gravity, and approaches tragedy with humor and heart.
November 9, 2011 Author Caroline Preston's visual tour de force The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt uses a kaleidoscopic collage of historical clippings, trinkets and baubles to tell the story of a young girl aspiring to be a writer in the Roaring '20s.
September 12, 2011 Two young, star-crossed magicians compete against each other in a mysterious, lifelong competition in Erin Morgenstern's sparkling debut novel.
September 10, 2011 Whether they depict school as a magical memory or a torture chamber, books about students are as varied as authors. We list five of our favorites and invite you to offer yours.
September 1, 2011 One publisher's answer to the rise of digital books is the "Hybrid Book," which lets you buy a paper book to cradle in your arm but also sets you up with many of the same goodies and extras that the electronic universe might provide.
August 30, 2011 A new trend on Twitter finds users impersonating their favorite authors. Is the imitation art or simply mockery?
August 23, 2011 The orphaned heroine of Vanessa Diffenbaugh's moving, if not somewhat saccharine, debut novel is privy to a secret language of flowers dating back to Victorian England.
August 4, 2011 In her new book, Maggie Nelson considers why violence and gore enthrall and excite — and why cruelty is so pervasive in our culture.
July 25, 2011 In Rosamund Lupton's debut novel, a young woman living in New York takes on the role of detective when her younger sister disappears in England.
July 19, 2011 Borders announced this week that it will liquidate and close all of its remaining stores. What does this mean for the future of bookstores at large?
July 12, 2011 Autumn is the time for big books to emerge. We recommend 13 new titles, from Stephen King and Neal Stephenson's latest to an impressive crop of debut novels.