Karl Ove Knausgaard — known for his six-volume autobiographical series My Struggle — is now writing meditative, short texts, focused on a variety of topics, interspersed with letters to his daughter.
The 1950 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame was adapted from a lesser-known 1947 novel by Dorothy B. Hughes, who belongs in the crime-writing pantheon. The novel’s just been re-released.
Anne Gisleson was reeling from a series of family tragedies when she began meeting with friends to discuss books and life in post-Katrina New Orleans. Her new book chronicles a year of those meetings.
A new book examines the lives of six different women — such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown — through the food they ate. It’s called What She Ate by Laura Shapiro.
The history and strategy of anti-fascist organizing.
Sue Grafton’s latest novel is the second to last in a series spanning A to Z and 35 years worth of best-selling murder mysteries featuring fictional female detective Kinsey Millhone.
Young Jane Young is the story of a political sex scandal, told through the women who endure it. Author Gabrielle Zevin tells Lulu Garcia-Navarro she hopes readers will think twice about shaming women.
Bruce Handy’s new book takes an emotional, intuitive look at the world of children’s books, from Goodnight Moon to Charlotte’s Web, which he calls “a mastery novel of ideas” about life and death.
In her new book Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music, Ann Powers explores how popular music became America’s primary erotic art form.
Critic Ann Powers embarks on a wide-ranging history of pop music in America in her new book Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music.
Set in Nigeria in the 1980s, Ayobami Adebayo’s debut novel tells the story of a couple who desperately want to have a child, in a society where that’s what’s expected of them.
Fierce Kingdom is about every parent’s worst nightmare. A mother and her son, in the zoo at closing time, see a shooter and run. And hide. Gin Phillips talks to Scott Simon about her latest novel.
N.K. Jemisin won Hugo Awards for the first two volumes of her Broken Earth trilogy. The Stone Sky is a powerful, timely finale to this story of a world built on oppression and exploitation.
The stories in Jenny Zhang’s powerful debut collection center on the violent, sometimes disturbing experiences of young Chinese-American girls growing up in Queens, NY.
Everyone dies in the end.
Sex is such an inextricable part of pop music, it’s easy to overlook, but NPR Music critic Ann Powers rectifies that in her new book, a portrait of America’s obsession with sex as it manifests in pop.
The lazy days of August call for getaway reading, so we’ve got three romances that’ll take you from old China to the small-town South, featuring couples who learn love is closer than they think.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion,” the former president tweeted. He was quoting Nelson Mandela, and it struck a chord for many.
Camille Bordas keeps things light in her smart, charming new novel, but there are serious underpinnings to this story about the youngest member of a family of quirky, emotionally closed overachievers.
NPR’s Robert Siegel talks to Mark Lilla, author of the book, The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics, which looks at the failure of American liberalism over the past two generations.
Brooks’ stable childhood with parents Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft stands in contrast to the wild stories he tells in novels like World War Z and Minecraft: The Island.
What rhymes with tutti frutti?
Kamila Shamsie’s new book — beautifully written and paced — updates the ancient story of Antigone to tell an explosive story of two families tangled together by love, grief and religious radicalism.
Campbell’s second collection of rants and ruminations is just as enjoyably smarmy as his first, though the actor’s ruthlessly sardonic outlook has mellowed.
Barnes & Noble is experimenting with food, Amazon is replicating its online business and an indie shop aims to be part of the community. Ultimately, they all want to sell more books.