October 11, 2013 Tip and the Gipper, Chris Matthews' story of an unlikely political friendship, debuts at No. 10.
October 11, 2013 A secret San Francisco book club meets in Robin Sloan's Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, at No. 8.
October 11, 2013 Andrew Solomon looks at differences that divide families in Far From the Tree, appearing at No. 15.
October 11, 2013 There are a whole slew of mind games that label designers use to get us to think better of their wines without ever tasting a sip. Want to add 10 bucks to the price of a bottle? Class it up with some gold stamping on that label. An insider spills the industry's secrets in a gorgeous photo book.
October 11, 2013 Country and culture used to serve as the cornerstones of identity, but what does "home" mean to someone who comes from many places? Writer Pico Iyer talks about the meaning of home in a world where the old boundaries of nation-states no longer apply.
October 11, 2013 Also: Authors celebrate Alice Munro's Nobel win; McDonald's will give out books instead of toys in new Happy Meals; the new Bridget Jones book comes with a Bridget Jones-style error.
October 11, 2013 Ludwig Bemelmans' first introduced the plucky heroine back in 1939. Now, his grandson carries on the tradition of the little girls in two straight lines. And if there was any confusion, he would like to set the record straight: It's not an orphanage; Miss Clavel is not a nun; and Madeline isn't French.
October 10, 2013 The winner of this year's Nobel Prize in Literature is considered a master of short stories. Glen Weldon remembers being particularly struck by her portrayal of common evil in a tale called "Dance of the Happy Shades."
October 10, 2013 A young baseball player who gets hit by a fastball must find the courage to step back up to the plate. Michael Northrop, the author of Plunked, is no stranger to overcoming obstacles — he's dyslexic, and he says that learning to read was a real struggle when he was a kid: "I can't read fast. I can read carefully, though."
October 10, 2013 For two weeks in November, McDonald's will swap out the toys in its kids' meals for original books that have nutritionally focused themes. The fast-food giant's plunge into publishing has inspired some witty mock Mcbook titles. But critics of its marketing to kids aren't so amused.