Lit & Arts

NPR Says Goodbye to Book Lists

Lists are just too linear for the twenty-first-century consumer.  That’s why NPR brings you its Book Concierge.

At NPR, they’re over the list phenomenon.  Avoiding the temptation to curate their favorite books from 2013 in such a straight-forward fashion, the site has embraced the true nature of our technology-driven culture and created an online app to help you determine your next read.

With over two hundred titles from 2013, all Dave Eggersrecommended by NPR staff members and book critics, the concierge doesn’t separate titles into isolated categories for browsing; instead, you filter your search with as many genres and topics that intrigue you.  Are you an art lover looking for tales around the world? Try The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan.

How about historical fiction that is rather short and good for book clubs?  Choose between Daniel Woodrell’s The Maid’s Version and David Rakoff’s Love, Dishonor, Mary, Die, Cherish, Perish.  Other filters include Comics and Graphic Novels, Let’s Talk About Sex, Seriously Great Writing, and more.

NPR’s concierge is any book nerd’s dream.  As for me, I’ll be heading to the bookstore to pick up Dave Eggers’s The Circle, part It’s All Geek to Me, part Mysteries and Thrillers.  You can find your next read here.