1

Weeks on List: 16

Bossypants

by Tina Fey

Paperback, 275 pages, Little Brown & Co, $15.99, published January 3 2012 | purchase

Purchase Featured Book

Title
Bossypants
Author
Tina Fey

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

The breakout star of Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock gives a humorous account of her life, as well as behind-the-scenes stories from her hit shows.

News and Reviews

2

Weeks on List: 45

Unlikely Friendships

47 Remarkable Stories From the Animal Kingdom

by Jennifer S. Holland

Paperback, 210 pages, Workman Pub Co, $13.95, published June 21 2011 | purchase

Purchase Featured Book

Title
Unlikely Friendships
Subtitle
47 Remarkable Stories From the Animal Kingdom
Author
Jennifer S. Holland

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

A collection of stories about animals that have forged unlikely, abiding bonds with other animals of different species, from Koko the gorilla and All Ball the kitten to Owen the hippo and the tortoise Mzee.

3

Weeks on List: 59

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot

Paperback, 381 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published March 8 2011 | purchase

Purchase Featured Book

Title
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Author
Rebecca Skloot

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling numerous medical and scientific discoveries.

News and Reviews

4

Weeks on List: 8

Moonwalking With Einstein

The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

by Joshua Foer

Paperback, 307 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published February 28 2012 | purchase

Purchase Featured Book

Title
Moonwalking With Einstein
Subtitle
The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
Author
Joshua Foer

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

Having achieved the seemingly unachievable — becoming a U.S. memory champion — Foer shows how anyone with enough training and determination can achieve mastery of his memory.

News and Reviews

5

Weeks on List: 67

Heaven Is for Real

A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent

Paperback, 163 pages, Thomas Nelson Inc, $16.99, published November 2 2010 | purchase

Purchase Featured Book

Title
Heaven Is for Real
Subtitle
A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
Author
Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent tell the story of a Nebraska pastor's 4-year-old son, who loses consciousness during surgery, sees a vision of heaven and meets Jesus' special horse.

6

Weeks on List: 13

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey

The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle

by Fiona, Countess of Carnarvon

Paperback, 310 pages, Random House Inc, $15.99, published December 27 2011 | purchase

Purchase Featured Book

Title
Lady Almina And The Real Downton Abbey
Subtitle
The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle
Author
Fiona, Countess of Carnarvon

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

Examines the life of Lady Almina, the fifth Countess of Carnarvon, and the events in Highclere Castle during World War I.

7

Weeks on List: 35

The Hare With Amber Eyes

A Hidden Inheritance

by Edmund De Waal

Paperback, 354 pages, St Martins Pr, $16, published August 2 2011 | purchase

Purchase Featured Book

Title
The Hare With Amber Eyes
Subtitle
A Hidden Inheritance
Author
Edmund De Waal

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

Traces the parallel stories of 19th century art patron Charles Ephrussi and his unique collection of 264 miniature netsuke — Japanese ivory carvings — documenting Ephrussi's relationship with Marcel Proust and the impact of the Holocaust on his cosmopolitan family.

News and Reviews

8

Weeks on List: 52

The Happiness Project

Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

by Gretchen Rubin

Paperback, 315 pages, Harpercollins, $14.99, published March 1 2011 | purchase

Purchase Featured Book

Title
The Happiness Project
Subtitle
Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
Author
Gretchen Rubin

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

The Happiness Project chronicles the author's year spent testing the edicts of conventional wisdom to assess their potential for improving life, describing various activities ranging from getting more sleep and singing to her children to starting a blog and imitating a spiritual master.

News and Reviews

9

Weeks on List: 48

Born To Run

A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

by Christopher McDougall

Paperback, 287 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published March 29 2011 | purchase

Purchase Featured Book

Title
Born To Run
Subtitle
A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Author
Christopher McDougall

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

Recounts the author's experiences with the reclusive Tarahumara Indians, whose techniques allow them to run long distances with ease, and describes his training for a 50-mile race with the tribe and a number of ultramarathoners.

News and Reviews

10

Weeks on List: 38

Outliers

The Story of Success

by Malcolm Gladwell

Paperback, 309 pages, Little Brown & Co, $16.99, published June 7 2011 | purchase

Purchase Featured Book

Title
Outliers
Subtitle
The Story of Success
Author
Malcolm Gladwell

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

The author of Blink identifies the qualities of successful people, posing theories about the cultural, family and idiosyncratic factors that shape high achievers, in a resource that covers such topics as the secrets of software billionaires, why certain cultures are associated with better academic performance and why The Beatles earned their fame.

News and Reviews

11

Weeks on List: 74

Just Kids

by Patti Smith

Paperback, 288 pages, Harpercollins, $16, published November 2 2010 | purchase

Purchase Featured Book

Title
Just Kids
Author
Patti Smith

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

Artist and musician Patti Smith recounts her romance, lifetime friendship and shared love of art with Robert Mapplethorpe in an illustrated memoir, with a colorful cast of characters including Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol and William Burroughs.

News and Reviews

12

Weeks on List: 45

F in Exams

The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers

by Richard Benson

Paperback, 128 pages, Chronicle Books, $9.95, published February 23 2011 | purchase

Purchase Featured Book

Title
F In Exams
Subtitle
The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers
Author
Richard Benson

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

Humor writer Richard Benson collects hilariously wrong test answers.

13

Weeks on List: 13

Blood, Bones & Butter

The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

by Gabrielle Hamilton

Paperback, 308 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published January 24 2012 | purchase

Purchase Featured Book

Title
Blood, Bones & Butter
Subtitle
The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
Author
Gabrielle Hamilton

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

The chef of New York's East Village Prune restaurant presents an unflinching account of her search for meaning and purpose in the food-central rural New Jersey home of her youth, marked by a first chicken kill, an international backpacking tour and the opening of a first restaurant.

News and Reviews

14

Weeks on List: 6

The Magic

by Rhonda Byrne

Paperback, 254 pages, Pocket Books, $12.99, published March 6 2012 | purchase

Purchase Featured Book

Title
The Magic
Author
Rhonda Byrne

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

In The Magic, Rhonda Byrne deciphers sacred texts that offer gratitude as the source of happiness and fulfillment. Through a 28-day journey, Byrne explains how practicing gratitude will lead one to be happier and more fulfilled.

15

Weeks on List: 4

The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

by Michelle Alexander and Cornel West

Paperback, 312 pages, Perseus Distribution Services, $19.95, published January 16 2012 | purchase

Purchase Featured Book

Title
The New Jim Crow
Subtitle
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Author
Michelle Alexander and Cornel West

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

Argues that the war on drugs and policies that deny felons equal access to employment, housing, education and public benefits create a permanent undercaste based largely on race.

News and Reviews