August 31, 2012 Forensic anthropologist and novelist Kathy Reichs writes what she knows: bones and crime. Reichs discusses her new novel Bones are Forever," and her work for the TV series "Bones" both of which star her fictional alter-ego, the scientist crime-solver Temperance Brennan.
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August 31, 2012 Michael A. Singer's guide to consciousness expansion, The Untethered Soul, debuts at No. 12.
by Michael A. Singer
by Erik Larson
by Caitlin Moran
by Tina Fey
by Charles C. Mann
by Cheryl Strayed
August 31, 2012 Jussi Adler-Olsen's The Keeper of Lost Causes, a mystery featuring Carl Morck, debuts at No. 12.
by Jussi Adler-Olsen
by E.L. James
by Erin Morgenstern
by Ann Patchett
August 31, 2012 In Winter Journal, Paul Auster reflects on life, aging and mortality. It debuts at No. 12.
by Paul Auster
by Laura Hillenbrand
by Bob Spitz
by Francesco Marciuliano
by Jeffrey Brown
August 31, 2012 Ivan Doig's The Bartender's Tale, about a single father facing his past, debuts at No. 13.
by Ivan Doig
by Gillian Flynn
by Maria Semple
by George R.R. Martin
by Jess Walter
by Tana French
August 31, 2012 The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.
August 31, 2012 Ben Mattlin was born with a condition called spinal muscular atrophy. Many infants with the disease don't live past age 2, but Mattlin went on to attend Harvard, get married and have kids. "I had this dumb idea from childhood that I could do anything anybody else could do," he says.
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August 30, 2012 How much do the people who've made it owe to the people who've been left behind? That question is at the heart of Zadie Smith's new novel NW, a nuanced and disturbing look at class issues in a working-class northwest London neighborhood.
August 30, 2012 Novelist Bernard Cornwell returns to Saxon England while Libyan writer Hisham Matar delivers a tale of loss and Madeline Miller's debut reimagines The Iliad. In nonfiction, Sally Jacobs examines Obama's father, and Jim Steinmeyer recalls a magician who rivaled Houdini.
August 29, 2012 In his new book, Ascent of the A-Word, linguist Geoffrey Nunberg looks at how the term took root among griping World War II GIs — and how its meaning evolved in the '60s and '70s. He tells Fresh Air that crude words are "wonderfully revealing."
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August 29, 2012 In the author's latest novel, The Devil in Silver, a man is mistakenly committed to a mental hospital where a buffalo-headed monster stalks patients at night. LaValle tells Fresh Air why he picked monsters, about his family history of mental illness and how he had his own brush with psychological problems.
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August 29, 2012 Will Sloan says Leonard Maltin's annual movie guides may be brief and simple, but they've endured for a reason.
August 29, 2012 We're looking for the next selection for our occasional book club.
August 29, 2012 Martin Amis' new novel is a scabrous portrait of England's underclass, layered on top of a more thoughtful look at the devolution of journalism and the ways newspapers — tabloid and highbrow — influence our lives and the stories we tell about ourselves.
August 29, 2012 Read an exclusive excerpt from Zadie Smith's new novel, NW, a nuanced look at class issues in working-class north London. At the heart of the novel: what do those who've done well owe to those they've left behind?
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