February 15, 2013 Alaya Dawn Johnson answers a few questions about her new YA novel, The Summer Prince — an NPR Books Exclusive First Read.
February 15, 2013 Alaya Dawn Johnson's new young adult novel, The Summer Prince, is set in post-apocalyptic Brazil, in a giant pyramid-shaped city ruled by queens with a combination of technology and ancient, bloody sacrifice.
February 12, 2013 Domenica Ruta's new memoir chronicles her youth in a working-class Massachusetts town, the daughter of a wildly flamboyant mother, an addict and sometime dealer who thought nothing of bashing in the windshield of a woman who'd broken her brother's heart.
December 29, 2012 It's the moment fantasy fans have been waiting for: the finale of Robert Jordan's epic "Wheel of Time" series is at hand! We've got an exclusive first read of the 14th and last volume — the forces of Light and Shadow are about to fight their climactic battle, ending an Age and possibly shattering the world.
October 31, 2012 Author Ian McEwan's latest novel tells the story of a young woman who works for the British intelligence agency MI5 and an assignment she gets that changes her life. Sweet Tooth is a love story with notes of deception and betrayal mixed in.
October 17, 2012 Barbara Kingsolver's new novel weaves together a story of personal awakening with larger themes of environmental stewardship and climate change. Heroine Dellarobia Turnbow's life begins to change when she sees a strange vision in the Appalachian hills — a lake seemingly afire.
September 19, 2012 Author Mark Helprin's latest novel is a sprawling tale of love, honor and danger in the years just after World War II. Returned soldier Harry Copeland spots a mysterious woman in white on the Staten Island Ferry. She turns out to be an heiress with Broadway dreams and a complicated past that threatens their growing love.
September 12, 2012 Jasper Fforde is known to older readers for his Thursday Next literary fantasies. His first young adult novel follows 15-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange, who runs a wizard management agency in a world that's rapidly losing magic — but business is about to pick up.
August 22, 2012 Michael Chabon's sprawling novel features a multiracial cast of characters, from gay teens to former blaxploitation stars. It's a celebration and gentle sendup of the countercultural norms and racial politics of life in the Bay Area, revolving around efforts by two men to save their record store.
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.