Roddy Doyle made a splash in the mid-1980s with his first novel, The Commitments. He then took those characters on two more journeys with The Snapper and then The Van. Afterwards, he put them on a shelf for more than 20 years. But Ireland's recent economic crisis brought him back to the world of Jimmy Rabbitte's Dublin in a new novel called The Guts.
Are people who choose not to have kids really "selfish, shallow and self-absorbed?" That's the title of a new book that explores why the childless are actually none of the above, and want the rest of society to understand their often-complex reasons for not having kids.
Academics at the University of Birmingham in the UK have discovered two pages from the Quran that could be among the oldest in the world. The manuscript appears to date back to the mid-7th century and the time of the Prophet Muhammad himself.
The Library of Congress tapped Gene Luen Yang to be the the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Yang is the very first graphic novelist to be named to the post. Here are five of his favorite books.