The SNL veteran and former Late Night host stepped up to the plate last night on The Tonight Show, where he's replacing long-time host Jay Leno. Thanks to a number of celebrity cameos and an earnest appeal to Leno's fan base, Fallon looks poised to bring The Tonight Show into a new age.
In softcover nonfiction, Michael Hainey searches for clues about his father's death, anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon examines the heated response to his research and catcher Mike Piazza recounts his unlikely rise to the big leagues. In softcover fiction, D.A. Mishani tells of a detective who confronts an unexpectedly difficult case.
On Monday night, Jimmy Fallon paid homage to 60 years of Tonight Show history while claiming his own place in line. "I just want to do the best I can and take care of the show for a while," he said. "If you guys let me stick around long enough maybe I'll get the hang of it."
Meg Wolitzer's novel is about lifelong friendship tinged with jealousy. It begins at a summer camp in 1974 and follows a group of friends through middle age. Wolitzer says her teen years were a rehearsal for her adult life and that today she is "different" but "in the same shell."
The hunt for a book of seditious poems is at the heart of medievalist Bruce Holsinger's detail-packed new novel; poet and fixer John Gower is hunting for the book, at the behest of his friend Geoffrey Chaucer. Reviewer Jean Zimmerman says "filth of the street is likely to suck off the occasional shoe," but in the end, the experience is enjoyable.
On Sunday, the London Philharmonic debuted a new piece of music based on Roald Dahl's Dirty Beasts. With Matilda playing to sold-out crowds on Broadway and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory running in London's West End, this is just the latest work by the author to get a musical soundtrack.
The Oscar-nominated film tells the story of Ron Woodroof, an AIDS patient who fought the system to get what he needed to survive. But screenwriters Melisa Wallack and Craig Borton had to fight to get the movie to the big screen, with Borton turning to alcohol and drugs along the way.
A new biography reveals that young Thoreau took quite a few detours on his path to Walden. A gossipy young man who loved eating popcorn, ice skating and listening to his music box, schoolmates and neighbors found him standoffish and regarded his fascination with plants and Indian relics as downright odd.
Somehow, a lot of us at NPR Books have never read John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl classic. So when we realized this anniversary was coming up, we thought: What better way to pay tribute than to actually crack it open? Which is to say: We're hosting an I Will If You Will book club and you're all invited to join.
Fantômas — even his name is mysterious! The French criminal mastermind starred in a series of 19 deliciously pulpy novels beginning in 1911. Author Rachel Cantor says the series is "part police procedural, part gothic horror story, part courtroom drama, part Sherlockian mystery, part existential potboiler."