In A Curious Invitation: The Forty Greatest Parties in Fiction, London-based party promoter Suzette Field offers a guide to literature's most famous and fabulous hosts and their soirees — from Proust and Tom Wolfe to Jay Gatsby and Hollywood Wives.
Our seasonal favorite continues to conjure up imagery of rich traditions — past and present — through storytelling. All of the stories were previously commissioned especially for NPR. Readings by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz bring the holiday stories to life.
Isaac plays a folk singer in the new film Inside Llewyn Davis, so we're going to ask him three questions about filk music — a sub-genre written by and for science fiction fans, sometimes in homage to their favorite characters and stories.
A pair of con artists and their FBI wrangler go after political corruption in American Hustle, inspired by the ABSCAM scandal of the '70s. Critic David Edelstein says the film, directed by David O. Russell, is "a bit of a hustle itself" — and still a hell of a ride. (Recommended)
Gandalf, the dwarves, and the titular hobbit continue their quest for the mountain in the second of Peter Jackson's three Lord of the Rings prequels. Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom and Benedict Cumberbatch star.
Rob Buyea gets it. The children's book author spent six years teaching elementary school. He's dedicated his book Because of Mr.Terupt to his former third and fourth grade students. "It's because of them that I began writing," he says.
Jennifer Holliday was the original dreamgirl - she won a Tony for her performance in the 80s. But the singer's life wasn't always glamorous: she speaks with host Michel Martin about battling depression, pushing through the low points in her life, and her new album The Song is You.
The director of Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter takes on the ABSCAM scandal in his latest film. He talks to NPR's Melissa Block about creating the picture – and how those wild '70s hairdos help inform character.
Fresh Air's book critic says it's just a fluke that nine of the 11 titles she picked this year were written by female authors. Her favorites include a jumbo-sized Dickensian novel, a biography of Ben Franklin's sister, a comedy of manners, a stunning Scandinavian mystery, and more.
Sure, you can flip up a short stack of syrupy pancakes and bacon and delight everyone at the dinner table. But why stop there? Why not serve, say, eggs baked in a seasoned sauce, with crusty bread for dipping? Or use a waffle iron to press perfectly crisp hash browns.
Nina Borg, the heroine of Death of a Nightingale, is a Red Cross nurse on a mission to save the dispossessed. But she neglects her own family as she rescues those in need in Agnete Friis and Lene Kaaberbol's elaborately plotted page-turner.
Hey there, befuddled aunts, uncles and family friends. Not sure what to buy for kids who already have everything? NPR's Book Concierge is here to help you find gifts for all those nieces, nephews and offspring of other people.