August 31, 2013 In his new book, The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, Bob Shacochis returns to Haiti, but also takes the reader across continents and generations. The 700-page book has been compared to the work of Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene and Norman Mailer.
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Hugh Howey self-published the original WOOL novella in 2011. It has since grown to become a best-selling phenomenon.
August 31, 2013 Hugh Howey is the author of the dystopian WOOL series, about a future in which the remains of humanity are living underground in giant self-sustaining silos. The first volume of WOOL was a self-publishing sensation; the latest volume, Dust, has just been released.
August 31, 2013 John Lewis is a congressman from Georgia, a pillar of the civil rights movement and an author. Add to that resume something slightly less expected — comic book writer. Lewis is getting ready to release March, the new graphic novel of his life.
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August 30, 2013 Critic Alan Cheuse reviews Here Comes Mrs. Kugelman by Minka Pradelski. He says it's a delightful novel that's a fascinating mix of comedy and pathos.
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Poet Seamus Heaney, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1995, is seen here in a file photo from 1991, when he was a professor at Harvard. Heaney has died at age 74.
August 30, 2013 The Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney died this morning in Dublin at the age of 74. In a remembrance, poet and critic Craig Morgan Teicher writes that Heaney had mastered sound and nuance, crafting poems you can taste and feel, alive and powerful, as you speak them aloud.
August 30, 2013 At No. 8, Neil Young's autobiography, Waging Heavy Peace, reflects on his life and career.
by Neil Young
by Cheryl Strayed
by Piper Kerman
by Eben Alexander, M.D.
by Susan Cain
by Susannah Cahalan
August 30, 2013 Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins, a novel that roams from Italy to Hollywood, remains at No. 1.
by Jess Walter
by Maria Semple
by Barbara Kingsolver
by J.K. Rowling
by A.S.A. Harrison
August 30, 2013 At No. 13, Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi explore a city's food in their cookbook Jerusalem.
by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi
by Reza Aslan
by David Sedaris
by Scott Anderson
by Mark Leibovich
by Ian Doescher
August 30, 2013 Night Film, Marisha Pessl's cinematic thriller with an accompanying app, debuts at No. 4.
by Marisha Pessl
by Robert Galbraith
by Neil Gaiman
by Khaled Hosseini
by Dan Brown
August 30, 2013 The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.
August 30, 2013 Irish poet Seamus Heaney has died in Dublin at the age of 74. He was one of the world's best-known poets. In 1995 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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Irish poet Seamus Heaney in 2010.
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August 30, 2013 Called by some the best Irish poet since Yeats, Heaney was 74. He was awarded the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. Heaney once told NPR that poems are "stepping stones in one's own sense of oneself. ... You have to conjure the next stepping stone because the stream, we hope, keeps flowing."
Barry Nalebuff (left) and Seth Goldman cofounded Honest Tea in 1997. Goldman is the company's TeaEO. Nalebuff is a professor at Yale School of Management.
August 30, 2013 Back in the 1990s, Seth Goldman and Barry Nalebuff were tired of the super sweet iced teas available in stores. So they started their own company to cater to "more sophisticated, grown-up tastes." They chronicle their adventures and misadventures in a graphic novel called Mission In A Bottle.
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Humayan's Tomb, a 16th-century Mughal garden tomb that helped inspire the Taj Mahal, is one of several UNESCO World Heritage sites in Delhi.
August 29, 2013 Tarquin Hall's mystery novels, starring the Punjabi detective Vish Puri, are a merry introduction to India's cultural and culinary delights.
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August 28, 2013 In the early 1960s, psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted a controversial study in which participants were led to believe they were administering painful, high-voltage shocks to other subjects. Gina Perry, author of Behind the Shock Machine, says the study has "taken on a life of its own."
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