Reviewer Maureen Corrigan says Ian McGuire's The North Water and Dominic Smith's The Last Painting of Sara de Vos are suspenseful historical novels that may just give readers nightmares.
The Phenom follows a major league pitcher who finds himself suddenly unable to pitch and troubled by his history with his abusive father, played by Ethan Hawke.
Steve Toutonghi's new novel imagines an America where people can fuse their psyches together and share a single body — but the story's compelling urgency is sometimes buried in exposition and theory.
In 2014, archivists were combing through Pablo Neruda's files when they came upon some unknown works. These writings have been translated into English and are now being published in a new collection.
Actress Doris Roberts was best known for playing an overbearing yet lovable mother on Everybody Loves Raymond. NPR has a remembrance of the 90-year-old character actress, who died this week.
Can I Eat That? by food critic Joshua David Stein gets young readers curious about their food. And it's fun for adults, too!
The eggplant and peach emoji are standard code for racy thoughts these days, but food has been used for sexual innuendo for centuries. Shakespeare was a pro. (Happy Shakespeare Week!)
Le Carré's 1993 novel comes to life in a six-part AMC series. John Powers says the show, which jets from Egyptian streets to posh Alpine lodges, is one of the most enjoyable thrillers he's seen on TV.
The co-star of the X-Files discusses his novel, Bucky F*cking Dent, about a son reuniting with his absentee father. Duchovny earned a master's degree in literature before starting his TV career.
Rachel Tunnard's first feature, Adult Life Skills, finds ways to expand on the familiar formula of the frustrated, frustrating misfit trying to grow up.
Graham Swift's slim, incantatory new novel centers around young Jane, a maid on a rural estate, and the day in 1924 that unexpectedly alters the trajectory of her life.
When James McBride, a National Book Award winner for his fiction, decided to write an entire book about James Brown, he wanted to push beyond the hype and racism he says haunts Brown's legacy.
DiCamillo says Raymie Nightingale, the 10-year-old protagonist at the heart of her latest novel, is a lot like she was as a child: "Very introverted, watching, worrying, wondering, but also hopeful.
The documentary Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi explores what happened after a tweet misidentified a Brown University student as one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
It's difficult to name a play in which Shakespeare doesn't cook up a bit of conflict around the table. The juiciest plot twists often happened when characters gathered for a meal.
In this installment of All Things Considered's National Poetry Month series, we hear two poems from listeners — meditations on matter and soul — and a note from a teacher who's gotten involved, too.
All Things Considered has been inviting listeners to tweet their own poems with the hashtag #NPRpoetry. Among them were two that caught our eye: one suspicious canine and a wisp of ancient myth.
Returning to a book you've read before can feel like getting a drink with an old friend. But even though the book's the same, you yourself may have changed — and that's what makes rereading so rich.
The director's new film follows a young baseball player through his first days of college; it's kind of an informal sequel to Linklater's 1993 last-days-of-high-school hit Dazed and Confused.
The Tribeca Film festival starts this week and it's going to showcase a lot more than films.