August 2, 2015 Sophie Hannah's new psychological crime thriller is about the cruel machinations of outwardly nice married folks with too much time on their hands.
August 2, 2015 Before joining the notoriously shocking rap crew, Campbell was a party-rocking DJ in Miami. Even then, he knew that being aggressively different could lead to success.
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August 1, 2015 "It is my fate to illuminate the lives of these one-of-a-kind notable women that have been somehow forgotten by history," says Paula McClain. She shines her spotlight on Markham in Circling the Sun.
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August 1, 2015 Twenty-five years after Charles Johnson's Middle Passage — which dwells with race, class and gender in 19th-century America — won the National Book Award, he reflects on his book's evolving meaning.
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August 1, 2015 Under Tiberius is a new novel about deceit and crime. The main character is the man who came to be known as Jesus Christ. NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Nick Tosches.
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August 1, 2015 Acclaimed sci-fi author China Miéville hasn't been known for his short fiction, but reviewer Jason Heller says his new collection — subversive, strange and full of sick humor — will change that.
July 31, 2015 Emma Farrarons' The Mindfulness Coloring Book, a pocket-sized, anti-stress booklet for grown-ups, appears at No. 12.
by Emma Farrarons
by Daniel James Brown
by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai
by Jordan Ellenberg
by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
by Malcolm Gladwell
July 31, 2015 In The Rosie Effect, a sequel to 2013's The Rosie Project, Don Tillman prepares for fatherhood. It appears at No. 15.
by Graeme Simsion
by Harper Lee
by Andy Weir
by Lily King
by Emily St. John Mandel
by E. L. James
July 31, 2015 Debuting at No. 15, Arthur Brooks' The Conservative Heart presents a new vision for conservatism.
by Arthur C. Brooks
by Marie Kondo
by Ta-nehisi Coates
by David McCullough
by Aziz Ansari
by Judd Apatow
July 31, 2015 At No. 7, Ernest Cline's Armada tells the story of gamers protecting the earth from an alien invasion.
by Ernest Cline
by Anthony Doerr
by Paula Hawkins
by Daniel Silva
by Nina George
July 31, 2015 The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.
Alan Cheuse was our guide to the best and worst of the written word for more than 30 years.
July 31, 2015 For some 30 years, Alan Cheuse was our guide to the best and worst of the written word. He passed away today at 75, after a car accident two weeks ago. NPR's Susan Stamberg has an appreciation.
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July 31, 2015 The author and critic died Friday of injuries sustained in a car accident. For years, he was the voice of NPR's literature commentary — and, for many, the "guide to a very exciting world."
An infantryman eats food rations from cans during the Vietnam War.
July 31, 2015 Many of the processed foods that we eat — and the way they're made — were invented not for us, but for soldiers, says the author of the new book Combat-Ready Kitchen.
Jason Segel plays writer David Foster Wallace in the new film The End of the Tour.
July 31, 2015 Instead of telling the author's life story, the film (which the Wallace estate does not approve of) focuses on five days in 1996 during the publicity tour for Infinite Jest.
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