October 13, 2013 Author Antoine Wilson suggests bypassing Proust in favor of a far shorter choice: Nicholson Baker's 1988 novel, which shares the internal monologue of a businessman on an escalator. Shoelaces, drinking straws and the corporate culture of men's bathrooms undergo thorough analysis in this slim book, which Wilson calls "relentlessly perceptive."
October 12, 2013 Vast distances and cultural differences may separate America's states, but remarkably, regional rivalries are fairly trivial. This unity is no accident; it's the legacy of the explorers, leaders and inventors who brought the country together. British author Simon Winchester tells their stories in The Men Who United the States.
October 11, 2013 Elizabeth Smart was just 14 when she was kidnapped at knifepoint from her bedroom. She was held for nine months and forced to act as her captor's second wife. Host Michel Martin talks with Smart about her new memoir and her Mormon faith, which played a big part in her story.
October 11, 2013 Andrew Solomon looks at differences that divide families in Far From the Tree, appearing at No. 15.
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 Tip and the Gipper, Chris Matthews' story of an unlikely political friendship, debuts at No. 10.
October 11, 2013 At No. 2, Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things is a multigenerational family tale.
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 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.