The creators of the popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale are now telling their tales of a strange desert town in novel form, in a new book reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls "splendid, weird, moving."
Paul Murray's absurdist tale of banking, art theft and failed schemes might be the funniest book about the European financial crisis you'll read all year — but it's bloated by too many subplots.
In a perfect world, everyone with a physical disability would have a kitchen fully adapted to their needs. But such remodels can be pricey. In many cases, small DIY-solutions help keep people cooking.
Wine theft is on the upswing — particularly of very high-end, irreplaceable bottles. Some restaurants and wineries have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of wine in a single heist.
Sarah Vowell's charming not-quite-a-history gives us a young, glory-hungry Marquis de Lafayette, and the Founding Fathers not as marble statues, but as real men who bicker, bumble and snore.
Alex Mar's half-memoir, half-cultural study of American occultism mixes research with her own search for meaning. Critic Genevieve Valentine says it's a difficult journey, for Mar and for readers.
When you go to boxing movies, you can count on training montages, high-stakes dramatic moments, and the way a scrappy outsider always seems to have to prove him or herself in the ring. Many of these traits are showing up in a new group of movies — this time about chefs.
The final trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens was released Monday night, and tickets for the film went on sale. Fans lit up the Internet with theories about the story, and movie theater web sites crashed.
Garth Risk Hallberg's 900-page debut novel is an intricately-plotted story set in chaotic 1970s New York. Critic Maureen Corrigan says City On Fire has much to admire, even if its ending falls flat.
Wildlife photographer Gerrit Vyn and essayist Scott Weidensaul share bird calls and discuss some of the remarkable abilities of birds. Both men contributed to a new book about North American birds.
A new Star Wars trailer showed up on Monday night after much fanfare, and we're now in a full promotional push for the next two months. But ... does the movie need one?
In her third outing as crime novelist Robert Galbraith, J.K. Rowling hits her stride with a fluid, complex mystery. Reviewer Annalisa Quinn says she excels at depicting evil, ordinary or otherwise.
Michel Houellebecq's dark satire Submission caused a furore in his native France with its depiction of an Islamist takeover. But critic Heller McAlpin calls it "too distasteful to be amusing."
Oprah Winfrey acquired a stake in Weight Watchers and the company's stock soared. She hopes to do the same for her cable TV network with a new seven-part series on faith and religion around the world.
The Nobel Prize laureate has written about his city before, but from the perspective of his affluent childhood. His new book captures Istanbul's growth and change through the eyes of a street peddler.
In the classic movie Back to the Future Part II, Michael J. Fox's Marty McFly travels forward 30 years to Oct. 21, 2015. Is life like the movie predicted? Maybe. But was it ever supposed to be?
NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Geoff Edgers, national arts reporter for the Washington Post, who attended the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor ceremony Sunday night at the Kennedy Center.
It's safe to say that e-books disrupted the publishing industry. But sales have leveled off and not entirely for the reasons some have reported.
Beasts of No Nation is Netflix's first original film, and the company has chosen to distribute it in theaters and on its streaming service simultaneously. The strategy is one generally frowned upon by theater owners because it's a direct competition. Why go out when you can stay home? Is this Netflix's play for an Oscar?
The Kennedy Center presented the comedian with the Mark Twain Prize on Sunday. While honored, Murphy did jokingly point out one thing: "Usually when there's a prize, there's money."