May 10, 2013 Debuting at No. 5, Claire Messud's The Woman Upstairs explores a quiet woman's furious inner life.
May 10, 2013 Nathaniel Philbrick's Bunker Hill examines the heroes of the American Revolution. It debuts at No. 4.
May 10, 2013 An artist discovers she's imitating a fake in B.A. Shapiro's The Art Forger, appearing at No. 9.
May 10, 2013 At No. 8, Glenn Beck's Control counters the most commonly heard arguments for gun control.
May 10, 2013 Alt.latino guest DJ Eduardo Halfon, author of The Polish Boxer, answers a few questions about literature and the important books in his life. Halfon, who is Guatemalan, recommends Time Commences in Xibalba by Mayan author Luis de Lion for readers looking for a better understanding of his country.
May 10, 2013 Baz Luhrmann's extravagant adaptation of The Great Gatsby makes two fatal and contradictory errors of adaptation.
May 10, 2013 Also: rare footage of William Faulkner; drag and Virginia Woolf; and the art of translation.
May 9, 2013 Researchers at the University of Reading are speculating that today's languages share a common root dating as far back as the last Ice Age. Words like "mother," "man" and "ashes" are categorized as "ultraconserved," meaning they are survivors of a lost language from which many modern tongues are descended.
May 9, 2013 In her new novel, Emperor's Children author Claire Messud explores the complicated relationship between two women: Nora, who longed to be an artist and have a family but failed, and the woman Nora befriends, who puts her art first and built a family as well.
May 9, 2013 Lucas Mann's Class A combines baseball and sociology in this chronicle of a farm team from a fading Iowa factory town. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says Mann "uses the full tool kit of literary nonfiction" in a book that "encompasses nostalgia, hope and failure."
May 9, 2013 Also: poems by New York City taxi drivers; Imelda Marcos and the power of spectacle; and USA Today is losing books staffers.