April 5, 2013 When Women Were Birds, Terry Tempest Williams' meditation on her mom's journals, appears at No. 10.
April 5, 2013 On the heels of Chinua Achebe's death, the Nigerian author's Things Fall Apart appears at No. 12.
April 5, 2013 Girls Of Atomic City, about the Tennessee women who helped win World War II, debuts at No. 11.
April 5, 2013 Debuting at No. 4, Z imagines the life of Jazz Age celebrity Zelda Fitzgerald.
April 5, 2013 Also: Isabel Allende's love of Zorro; Lemony Snicket makes a Twitter appearance; Cat Marnell's book proposal was leaked.
April 4, 2013 Also: Mark Twain's advice to little girls; Benjamin Lytal on Vladimir Nabokov; and author and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has died.
April 4, 2013 The young heroine of Rachel Kushner's new book The Flamethrowers negotiates art and revolution from the back of a motorcycle — both the late-1970s art scene in Manhattan and the Italian radical left of the same era. Reviewer Maud Newton says The Flamethrowers has "timeless urgency."
April 3, 2013 Her scripts gave the sprawling Merchant-Ivory films substance. She won her first screenwriting Oscar for A Room With a View and her second for Howard's End. She won the Booker Prize in 1975 for her novel Heat and Dust. The cause of death was complications of a pulmonary condition. Jhabvala was 85.
April 7, 2013 Six talented friends meet as teenagers one summer at a camp called Spirit-in-the-Woods. Meg Wolitzer's new novel follows their friendship over the next 40 years, from the success and failure of their artistic dreams to the envy that grows from the difference.
April 6, 2013 Former SNL cast member Julia Sweeney has written a new memoir of her life as a Midwestern mother. She speaks to NPR's Scott Simon about her decision to adopt from China, how her daughter got to be named Mulan (yes, after the Disney character), and gaining a new appreciation for her own mother.
April 3, 2013 In 2006, two Manhattan housing projects were at the center of a real estate fiasco that would come to epitomize the housing crisis. Charles Bagli's Other People's Money explains how the government of Singapore was among those who paid for the mistakes of New York's real estate giants.
April 4, 2013 As a Mormon missionary, Ryan McIlvain spent two years ringing strangers' doorbells, even as he experienced doubts about his own faith. He left the church in his mid-20s. McIlvain's debut novel, Elders, tells the story of two young Mormons carrying out their missions.