April 2, 2013 Read an exclusive excerpt of Love and Rockets co-creator Gilbert Hernandez's latest, Julio's Day, with an introduction from author Brian Evenson. It's a lovely, hallucinatory, often wordless story of a man whose life spans the 20th century, and the close-knit community he lives in.
March 28, 2013 Read an exclusive excerpt of Kate Atkinson's new novel, Life After Life. It follows the multiple lives of Ursula Beresford Todd — born on a snowy night in 1910, in one life she dies immediately, but in others she grows and lives against the backdrop of a Britain descending into war.
March 26, 2013 Read an exclusive excerpt of Meg Wolitzer's new book, The Interestings. It's the story of a group of bright, talented kids who bond at summer camp in the 1970s — dubbing themselves the Interestings — and what happens to friendship and early promise as the years roll along.
March 21, 2013 Read an exclusive excerpt of Elizabeth Strout's new novel, The Burgess Boys. It's the story of a fractured family dealing with a crime committed by the youngest son — a crime he himself doesn't understand. It's a somber look at the ways families can disappoint each other.
March 19, 2013 Read an exclusive excerpt of All That Is by James Salter. Salter is often considered a "writer's writer"; his latest, All That Is, follows a World War II veteran through a series of drunken conversations and romantic liasons as he returns home and gets involved in the New York publishing world.
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.