Book List in Order: 12 titles

  • "Prayers for the Living" is a novel both grand in its vision and loving in its familiarity. Presented in a series of conversations between grandmother Minnie Bloch and her companions, Alan Cheuse, National Public Radio commentator on All Things Consi...


  • The very best short stories and novellas from National Public Radio's Alan Cheuse are brought together in a quintessential collection. Countless listeners depend on the book reviews from Cheuse, America's "voice of books," and many of those listeners...


  • From acclaimed author Alan Cheuse -- National Public Radio's longtime "Voice of Books" -- comes a trio of provocative novellas. In the title piece, "Paradise, or, Eat Your Face," we meet travel writer Susan Wheelis and follow her exotic journey to Ba...


  • Tracing the thread of slavery from 1500s Timbuktu up to the Civil War, Song of Slaves in the Desert explores one man's struggle with the legacy of slavery and the loyalty of family, brought into sharp focus as he finds himself attracted to one young...


  • What is the price of our dreams? Beginning in the late 1890s, Edward Sheriff Curtis undertook the seemingly overwhelming odyssey of capturing the past, of documenting and photographing the fading way of life of the American Indian. In To Catch ...


  • Finely-honed portraits of hope and change, these two novellas are linked so skillfully that they achieve the intensity of a single novel in which some characters succeed and others fail on separate but equally compelling quests. In "The Fires,...


  • This collection of twenty American short stories, organized chronologically from the 19th century through World War I, helps tell the story of how we came to be who and what we are. Selected by NPR writer and reviewer Alan Cheuse, this is a new varie...



  • These sensitive, poignant stories by the author of The Grandmothers' Club reveal a middle-class, down-to-earth, gritty Southwest whose soulful tones seem to issue from ``some country music combo of the cosmos ever mourning the impending divorce among...






  • "The Light Possessed" focuses on Ava Boldin, who begins her solitary and single-minded journey to become a great artist as a student at the Art Institute of Chicago in the years before World War I. Her life and art dramatically change when she meets ...