March 23, 2013 Over ten years before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the major leagues, a little-known baseball team went to bat with players both black and white. Journalist Tom Dunkel writes about the team from Bismarck, N.D., in his new book Color Blind.
March 23, 2013 Often acclaimed as America's greatest living novelist, the Portnoy's Complaint author says he's officially retired from writing. Now, he says, when someone tells him a story, he no longer mines it for possible material. "I just listen, and it's quite nice."
March 22, 2013 From an old man feigning dementia to a judge's widow who keeps a scrapbook of murder, the story of Pine Haven's retired residents isn't all seriousness and tragedy. In her new novel, Jill McCorkle draws from the sometimes sad, sometimes comical experience of watching her own parents age.
March 22, 2013 The world-famous Nigerian author Chinua Achebe has died. Annalisa Quinn reflects on the legacy of Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart.
March 22, 2013 Blogger Jenny Lawson's illustrated memoir, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, rises to No. 3.
March 22, 2013 Carlos Ruiz Zafon's The Prisoner of Heaven, a thriller set in 1950s Barcelona, appears at No. 11.
March 22, 2013 Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg's much-discussed manifesto on women and success, debuts at No. 1.
March 22, 2013 At No. 10, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia tells a story of transformation in self-help form.
March 22, 2013 His seminal work played a critical role in establishing post-colonial African literature. Achebe also taught Africana Studies at Brown University.