NPR's Book of the Day

NPR's Book of the Day


In need of a good read? Or just want to keep up with the books everyone's talking about? NPR's Book of the Day gives you today's very best writing in a snackable, skimmable, pocket-sized podcast. Whether you're looking to engage with the big questions of our times – or temporarily escape from them – we've got an author who will speak to you, all genres, mood and writing styles included. Catch today's great books in 15 minutes or less.

Categories: Arts

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In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, two teenagers form a tight bond at their Quaker high school in Manhattan. That's the premise for Idlewild, the debut novel by James Frankie Thomas. But while the girls share an intense common interest in gay culture and fan fiction, their friendship blows up in unexpected ways — something they must reckon with years later. In today's episode, Here & Now's Deepa Fernandes speaks with Thomas about his take on the prep school novel and discovering some giant truths about himself while trying to understand the lives of his characters.

Previous episodes

  • 581 - 'Idlewild' follows a queer, teen friendship in early 2000s New York 
    Sat, 09 Dec 2023
  • 580 - Novels by Sigrid Nunez and Michael Cunningham tackle the pandemic 
    Fri, 08 Dec 2023
  • 579 - Patricia Evangelista's memoir revisits the aftermath of the Philippines' war on drugs 
    Thu, 07 Dec 2023
  • 578 - Norman Lear's memoir recalls a life and career that shaped American television 
    Wed, 06 Dec 2023
  • 577 - In 'The New Naturals,' Gabriel Bump explores grief after the loss of a daughter 
    Wed, 06 Dec 2023
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