July 8, 2013 Summer is prime time for recreational reading. Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers what your summer reading reveals about your personality. Are you an open book?
July 8, 2013 In softcover nonfiction, a peek inside Richard Burton's diaries, Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy dive into resilience research and Mark Kriegel tells the story of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini. In fiction, Tim Tharp's Spectacular Now inspires a film.
July 8, 2013 Also: Joyce Carol Oates ignites a Twitter controversy; George Orwell's fashion choices; and the best books coming out this week.
July 7, 2013 Thousands of soldiers died at the Battle of Gettysburg, but that number might have been higher had it not been for Jonathan Letterman, chief medical officer of the Union's Army of the Potomac. In Surgeon in Blue, Scott McGaugh explores Letterman's long-lasting legacy.
July 7, 2013 Austrian writer Adalbert Stifter's 1845 novella Rock Crystal is the seemingly simple tale of two children who get lost in a snowfall on Christmas Eve. But author Susan Choi says the story perfectly captures humanity at its humblest and most resilient.
July 5, 2013 Tash Aw's Five Star Billionaire, set in Shanghai, explores the dynamic tumult of that city. Reviewer Ellah Allfrey says that Aw, with gentle compassion and keen understanding, shows his characters succumb to the lure of a city where everything seems possible.
July 5, 2013 Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a memoir by The Office's Mindy Kaling, appears at No. 7.
July 5, 2013 At No. 15, Alan Furst's Mission to Paris features a film star unwittingly involved with fascists.
July 5, 2013 David Sedaris' Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls appears at No. 1 for its 10th consecutive week.
July 5, 2013 Debuting at No. 10, Curtis Sittenfeld's Sisterland presents psychic twins with very different lives.