October 25, 2013 At No. 14, How Children Succeed presents Paul Tough's case for curiosity and character, not testing.
October 25, 2013 Where'd You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple's tale of a teen tracking down her mom, remains at No. 4.
October 25, 2013 Simon Winchester hails America's human roots in The Men Who United the States, debuting at No. 6.
October 25, 2013 The Luminaries, by New Zealander Eleanor Catton, won the 2013 Man Booker Prize. It debuts at No. 9.
October 25, 2013 Also: Iran's culture minister hints that bans on certain books may be reconsidered; The New York Times is profiling small poetry presses; Jonathan Franzen on why making money is a double-edged sword.
October 25, 2013 The sleuthing exploits of Judge Dee, a character based on a seventh-century Chinese official, are gripping new audiences as new generations of writers, movie directors and storytellers tell his tale and build on his legend. His stories continue to inform ordinary Chinese people's understanding of justice and law.
October 24, 2013 Patricia Wright arrived in the Amazon armed only with intense curiosity about secretive owl monkeys. She emerged from the jungle on a new life trajectory. Since that singular experience, she has gone on to become well known for her work with Lemurs in Madagascar. Commentator Barbara J. King interviews Wright about her new memoir.
October 24, 2013 Salvadoran journalist Oscar Martinez has ridden the train known as "the Beast" eight times, interviewing Central American migrants on their way to the U.S. He shares his experiences in the book The Beast. Alt.Latino asked him about the books he read that inspired him — and what he'd take to read on a desert island.
October 24, 2013 Also: a new story by Haruki Murakami; Alice Munro might not retire after all; and World Book Night announces its titles.
October 24, 2013 Anita Elberse's new book, Blockbusters, examines the strategy behind making and marketing megahits. She tells NPR's Renee Montagne that content companies — publishers, movie studios and the like — can create blockbusters by dedicating most of their budgets to a select few likely winners.
October 24, 2013 From 1941 to 1943, J.D. Salinger exchanged letters with a young, aspiring writer in Toronto named Marjorie Sheard. The letters predate Catcher in the Rye, but Sheard may have been one of the first people to learn about its eventual protagonist, Holden Caulfield. Sheard's letters from Salinger are on display at the Morgan Library in New York.
October 24, 2013 Charles Krauthammer once was a psychiatrist and a self-described "Great Society liberal." Now he's a Pulitzer Prize-winning, nationally syndicated conservative columnist. His new book, Things That Matter, presents a selection of his writings from three decades spent observing politics and culture.
October 23, 2013 Also: Shakespeare manuscripts going digital; authors protest standardized testing; and "The 8 Habits of Highly Successful Young-Adult Fiction Authors."