September 16, 2011 Terrified of flying? Join the club. Author Chris Bohjalian is, too, but he encourages you to confront those fears and indulge in these three books that share the tale of moments high in the sky and the tension when something goes terribly wrong.
August 22, 2011 Two hundred years ago this summer, England entered its Regency period. Many associate the era with Colin Firth's turn as Mr. Darcy, but it was also a time of political uncertainty. To celebrate the period's 200th anniversary, author Stephanie Barron suggests three books that put Mr. Firth to shame.
August 17, 2011 Couldn't afford that scuba trip in Indonesia? Didn't have time to hike the Grand Canyon? Fortunately, for those who couldn't quite make it out of town this summer, there's an alternative route for exploration. And all you need is a couch, a cold drink and these three books.
August 16, 2011 Dealing with rude, angry people is not fun. But when fictional, these unpleasant personalities can actually be quite charming. Author Ben Dolnick recommends three books and three central characters that'll have you flipping the page faster than you'd flip them the bird.
August 15, 2011 Summer is ending. The heat waves are starting to break, and we're trying to soak up as much relaxation as possible after a scorching season. Pour yourself a drink and sink back into your favorite chair with three nostalgic tales as recommended by author Dean Bakopoulos.
August 11, 2011 Fairy tales — those stories of princes and princesses, spells and magic — have sparked kids' imaginations for centuries. But author John Baxter suggests a very different kind of fiction to get young synapses firing: He recommends three tales filled with creepy characters you're sure to love.
August 10, 2011 It's an interesting phenomenon in this age of celebrity break-ups: the jilted political wife standing steadfastly by her man. From Hillary to Silda, loyalty has made a comeback. NPR producer Bridget Bentz Sizer has noticed the trend, and she recommends three books on the subject.
August 4, 2011 Few things are creepier than the idea of eating another person — even in extreme circumstances. Author Mitchell Zuckoff recommends these three stories where humans are the main course, whether on account of tribal ritual, or of extreme desperation.
August 1, 2011 What is it about the human spirit? Even in the most emotionally and physically trying times, somehow, it is able to remain victorious. Author Susan Choi recommends three tales of struggle and, ultimately, of those who achieve great feats in the face of adversity.
July 14, 2011 Today France celebrates Bastille Day, commemorating one of the best-known events of the 1789 Revolution. Author Penelope Rowlands gives those unfamiliar with the French Revolution a reality check with these three accounts that give new meaning to the term c'est la vie.
July 13, 2011 This Friday the credits will roll on the phenomenon that is Harry Potter. As fans prepare to graduate from the series of books and movies, they're left to wonder what the future will hold. NPR intern Annie Ropeik prepared her postgrad reading list with three books for the mature Harry Potter fan.
July 12, 2011 Moviegoers' fascination with superheroes may be dying down, but author Mat Johnson knows that caped crusaders are alive and well in the medium that started it all. These three books will be kryptonite to your comic book woes.
June 14, 2011 As Father's Day approaches, writer Jim Axelrod turns to literature to probe the relationship between fathers and sons — and make sense of his own. His three selections portray fathers and sons at their best, and at their heartbreaking worst.
June 3, 2011 Everyone from forgotten pop stars to clueless heiresses have written memoirs, leaving the genre just a paper cut shy of unbearable. But, fear not! Writer and editor Radhika Jones has three personal accounts sure slap a bandage on that wound and jog your memoir-loving memory.
May 30, 2011 Short story month is just about over, but take heed: if diving into the latest bestseller seems too daunting, the short story could be the form of fiction for you. Atlantic writer and producer Miriam Krule suggests three collections that are complex and nuanced despite their brevity — and perfect for your morning commute.