NPR's Book of the Day In need of a good read? Or just want to keep up with the books everyone's talking about? NPR's Book of the Day gives you today's very best writing in a snackable, skimmable, pocket-sized podcast. Whether you're looking to engage with the big questions of our times – or temporarily escape from them – we've got an author who will speak to you, all genres, mood and writing styles included. Catch today's great books in 15 minutes or less.

NPR's Book of the Day

From NPR

In need of a good read? Or just want to keep up with the books everyone's talking about? NPR's Book of the Day gives you today's very best writing in a snackable, skimmable, pocket-sized podcast. Whether you're looking to engage with the big questions of our times – or temporarily escape from them – we've got an author who will speak to you, all genres, mood and writing styles included. Catch today's great books in 15 minutes or less.

Most Recent Episodes

W. W. Norton & Company

Claire Messud's new novel is a sweeping tale of history, family and social change

Across seven decades, Claire Messud's novel This Strange Eventful History follows generations of a family from a colonized Algeria to far stretches of the world after the country's independence, always grappling with the idea of identity and belonging and political upheaval. In today's episode, Messud speaks with NPR's Ari Shapiro about how she took inspiration from her own grandparents' story, and how looking back at their past sparked a desire in her to chronicle the world she grew up in for her own kids.

Claire Messud's new novel is a sweeping tale of history, family and social change

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1196980178/1253126841" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Knopf

Author Kazuo Ishiguro and singer Stacey Kent collaborate on new songbook

When Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro went on the BBC program Desert Island Discs, he spoke about how much he loves the music of jazz singer Stacey Kent. In today's episode, Ishiguro and Kent tell NPR's Juana Summers how that mention led them to meet and embark on an artistic endeavor together – a new songbook called The Summer We Crossed Europe in the Rain, featuring lyrics by Ishiguro set to music composed by Kent's partner, Jim Tomlinson.

Author Kazuo Ishiguro and singer Stacey Kent collaborate on new songbook

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1196980170/1253126495" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Riverhead Books

In 'All Fours,' Miranda July tackles love, sex and reinvention in middle age

Writer and filmmaker Miranda July says the popular imagination sort of drops off once a woman gets married and has kids. Her new novel All Fours turns that on its head – it's a story about an artist in her 40s who departs from her husband and child on a road trip that takes her to some very unexpected places. In today's episode, July speaks to NPR's Brittany Luse about the interviews she conducted with women going through perimenopause and menopause for this book, and the whisper network with her friends that fueled her protagonist's deep desire for something new.

In 'All Fours,' Miranda July tackles love, sex and reinvention in middle age

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1196980153/1253123160" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Simon & Schuster

Doris Kearns Goodwin's new book is part memoir, part history of the 1960s

When Dick Goodwin reached his 80s, he asked his wife – historian Doris Kearns Goodwin – to finally open and sift through the hundreds of boxes he'd kept from his time as a presidential aide and speechwriter to John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson and as advisor to Robert Kennedy. What resulted is An Unfinished Love Story, a new book by Kearns Goodwin with a personal lens to the history of the 1960s. In today's episode, she speaks to NPR's Steve Inskeep about what she found in her husband's archives and what she learned revisiting that time period.

Doris Kearns Goodwin's new book is part memoir, part history of the 1960s

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1196980107/1253120643" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Blackstone Publishing Inc/Dey Street Books

Whoopi Goldberg and Tom Selleck memoirs look back at their beginnings

Today's episode is about two massive stars: Whoopi Goldberg and Tom Selleck. First, Goldberg speaks with NPR's Ayesha Rascoe about her new memoir, Bits and Pieces, which touches on her relationship with her mother, the way she navigated beauty standards growing up, and what it means to grapple with grief over time. Then, Selleck joins NPR's Scott Simon to discuss You Never Know, his initial reluctance to take on his role in Magnum P.I. and his thoughts on being labeled a "mustachioed hunk."

Whoopi Goldberg and Tom Selleck memoirs look back at their beginnings

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1196978310/1252555798" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Ten Speed Press

'The SalviSoul Cookbook' celebrates Salvadoran food and the matriarchs who cook it

Years ago, Karla Tatiana Vasquez tried to search up a recipe for one of her favorite Salvadoran dishes, Salpicón Salvadoreño. The scarce results not only disappointed Vasquez, but created a new mission: to collect and preserve the recipes of the Salvadoran diaspora along with the stories of the women who've been passing them down for generations. In today's episode, NPR's A Martinez visits Vasquez's kitchen to discuss The SalviSoul Cookbook and the relationship between food, migration and trauma.

'The SalviSoul Cookbook' celebrates Salvadoran food and the matriarchs who cook it

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1196980096/1252552555" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Random House

'The Paris Novel' revels in a good meal, a beautiful dress and a romantic city

A plane ticket to Paris, a vintage Dior dress and a spectacular first-ever oyster — these three things upend the life of Stella, the sheltered, cautious protagonist at the heart of The Paris Novel, a coming-of-age story about losing all inhibitions in one of the world's most romantic cities. In today's episode, author Ruth Reichl speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about indulging in life's simple pleasures, writing in honor of her late editor and choosing to set her story in the Paris of the 1980s.

'The Paris Novel' revels in a good meal, a beautiful dress and a romantic city

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1196980087/1252272710" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Henry Holt and Co.

In 'The White Bonus,' Tracie McMillan analyzes the monetary cost of racism

Racism is a major contributor to economic disparities in the U.S. – but in her new book, The White Bonus, writer Tracie McMillan crunches the numbers to understand just how much money white privilege can mean. In today's episode, she speaks with NPR's Michel Martin about the different families she profiled, the generations of economic policy she analyzed, and the rift created within her own family during the process of reporting this book .

In 'The White Bonus,' Tracie McMillan analyzes the monetary cost of racism

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1196980078/1252251237" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Riverhead Books

'The Alternatives' is a novel about grief, sisterhood and working women

Caoilinn Hughes' novel The Alternatives revolves around the four Flattery sisters, each with a more impressive career or degree than the last, all with a profound grief for the parents they lost at a young age. When one of the sisters purposely goes off the grid, the other three are reunited in the Irish countryside in an attempt to find her. In today's episode, NPR's Andrew Limbong asks Hughes about crafting the witty dialogue between the sisters, writing side characters that jump off the page and getting feedback from her own siblings.

'The Alternatives' is a novel about grief, sisterhood and working women

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1196980036/1252247140" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Knopf

Brittney Griner's memoir recounts her detention in Russia and finally 'Coming Home'

In 2022, WNBA star Brittney Griner was detained by Russian authorities, convicted of drug charges and given a nine-year prison sentence. Her new memoir, Coming Home, details the conditions she was held in and her eventual return to the U.S. following a swap deal. In today's episode, NPR's Juana Summers asks Griner about the mental and physical toll she's still grappling with, reuniting with her wife and trying to forgive herself for what happened.

Brittney Griner's memoir recounts her detention in Russia and finally 'Coming Home'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1196978302/1251579695" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
or search npr.org