Books William Weaver Books by William Weaver William Weaver has written books about: Fiction Literary Fiction Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about William Weaver Review Book Reviews Calvino's Cosmicomic Collection Treads The Final Frontier: America September 18, 2014 Italo Calvino's delightful "cosmicomic" stories have long been scattered — split into separate books and translated in pieces. Now, a collection new to the U.S. is finally bringing them together. Review You Must Read This Urban Oases: Getting Lost in 'Invisible Cities' January 21, 2013 Marco Polo sits in the garden of Kublai Khan and weaves tales of spider cities, gold cities and dream cities. Author Eric Weiner explains why the best travel book he has ever read isn't about a real place. What's your favorite book about an imaginary journey? Tell us in the comments. Review You Must Read This A Tenuous Transition to Paradise Lost July 31, 2007 Giorgio Bassani's tragic The Garden of the Finzi-Continis chronicles a wealthy Jewish family's struggle to keep change — and destruction — at bay in Mussolini's Italy. A Tenuous Transition to Paradise Lost Listen Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/12349776/12386403" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Summer Books 2007: Excerpts Excerpt: 'The Garden of the Finzi-Continis' July 31, 2007 Giorgio Bassani's tragic The Garden of the Finzi-Continis chronicles a wealthy Jewish family's struggle to keep change — and destruction — at bay in Mussolini's Italy. Recommended by author Dalia Sofer.