January 31, 2014 Patty Chang Anker recommends a cookbook that eases the anxieties of anyone trying to cook Chinese-American meals, and Lev Grossman reminds us that there is a Seussian storm comparable to the one that shut down Atlanta this week.
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Antoinette Tuff at NPR's DC headquarters.
January 31, 2014 Antoinette Tuff prevented a mass shooting at an elementary school last year by calming down the mentally ill gunman. Tuff speaks with host Michel Martin about her new memoir Prepared for a Purpose, and that fateful day in Georgia.
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January 31, 2014 Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson detail a SEAL mission in Lone Survivor, appearing at No. 4.
by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson
by Cheryl Strayed
by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter
by Allie Brosh
by Sonia Sotomayor
January 31, 2014 At No. 12, Christina Baker Kline's Orphan Train links together a teenager and an elderly woman.
by Christina Baker Kline
by Kate Atkinson
by Alice Munro
by George Saunders
by Maria Semple
by Jess Walter
January 31, 2014 In The Body Book, at No. 13, Cameron Diaz shares her formula for becoming happier and healthier.
by Cameron Diaz and Sandra Bark
by Robert M. Gates
by Malcolm Gladwell
by Diane Muldrow
by Ann Patchett
by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai
January 31, 2014 The Days of Anna Madrigal concludes Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series. It debuts at No. 3.
by Armistead Maupin
by Donna Tartt
by Sue Monk Kidd
by Gillian Flynn
by Mary Oliver
January 31, 2014 The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.
January 31, 2014 Diane Johnson often writes about American heroines living in France, but when she began her memoir, she found herself drawn back to her native ground in America's heartland. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Flyover Lives "lets scenes and conversations speak for themselves, accruing power as they lodge in readers' minds."
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January 31, 2014 Also: Eleanor & Park author Rainbow Rowell has a deal for two graphic novels; Susan Sontag's biographer on reading her emails; Gary Shteyngart on his reading habits.
January 31, 2014 B.J. Novak is a triple threat. He got his start in show business as a standup comedian which led to a job on the hit comedy series The Office. Novak had a regular part on the show but he was also one of the writers. Now he has put his writing talent to work on a book of stories: One More Thing.
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January 30, 2014 Robert Harris' new An Officer and a Spy is a fictionalized account of the Dreyfus Affair — which, as critic Alan Cheuse notes, is tailor made for Harris' talents: there's an innocent victim at the center, a melodramatic villain, buffoonish military brass, crusading newspaper editors and a star turn from the novelist Emile Zola.
An image of the ancient Greek poet Sappho.
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January 30, 2014 Also: a fatal literary dispute in Russia; The Rumpus interviews Jerry Stahl.
January 29, 2014 She was a struggling screenwriter before hitting it big with her books, including The Cutting Season. Locke talks with NPR's Michel Martin about the inspiration for her thrillers, and how she straddles the past and present of African-American life in her writing.
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Costa Book of the Year author Nathan Filer poses with his prize for his debut novel Tuesday in London.
January 29, 2014 Also: Martin Scorsese will direct a documentary about The New York Review of Books; arsonist sentenced to read Malcolm Gladwell; Rebecca Mead on Middlemarch.
January 29, 2014 Isabel Allende dips a toe in the waters of genre fiction with her new novel Ripper — about a girl who puts her online gaming group to work tracking down a serial killer who's targeted her mother. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says the book would function just as well as a character study, without the crime plot.
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