December 27, 2013 Charles Krauthammer's Things That Matter, at No. 3, features essays on sports, politics and culture.
December 27, 2013 At No. 2, John Grisham's Sycamore Row returns to the world of his first novel, A Time to Kill.
January 1, 2014 In 1979, Gary Shteyngart's family moved from Leningrad to Queens. Three decades later, he wrote a memoir about growing up in a Russian immigrant family in New York. Reviewer Meg Wolitzer says the book is full of rich, gratifying writing as well as pride, exuberance and sophisticated humor.
December 27, 2013 NPR's go-to librarian returns to some old favorites from her personal shelves. "All the books on my bookshelves are books that I loved," she says. "Those are the only books I keep." Her picks include a trilogy of novellas filled with British humor and an Irish mystery.
December 26, 2013 Turn Me Loose captures the life and death of civil rights leader Medgar Evers through poetry. The collection of poems is told in the imagined voices of the people in Evers' life, including his killer. Author Frank X Walker shares how he tried to connect readers to one of America's most volatile times.
December 25, 2013 Everybody knows Rudolph was the last reindeer to join Santa's crew, but few people know about the department store employee who brought his story to the world. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was written by Robert L. May, a copywriter for Montgomery Ward, who, like his protagonist, had always felt like a bit of an outcast.
December 24, 2013 The Kids Right to Read Project says many of the books that parents or groups try to bay are from minority authors. Also: A "recently unearthed" story from Zelda Fitzgerald; and how Vladimir Nabokov loved butterflies.
December 23, 2013 Ned Vizzini, 32, killed himself last week, his family says. Other news: American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression makes the free speech case for the right to sell offensive books; "The Ethicist" makes the case for reading leaked J.D. Salinger stories.