April 15, 2011 In Billy Collins' ninth collection of poetry, he explores the themes of loss and love with lyrical humor and whimsy. Often described as America's most popular poet, Collins crafts poems that are heartfelt and accessible. Horoscopes from the Dead debuts at No. 8.
April 8, 2011 The Pale King, the unfinished last novel of David Foster Wallace, explores the quirks and aspirations of new recruits at an IRS office in a Midwestern town. In the novel, Wallace humorously and skillfully grapples with themes of unconquerable boredom and satisfaction. It debuts at No. 13.
April 1, 2011 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency returns to solve a new slew of mysteries — including murdered cattle, the reappearance of Mma Ramotswe's old white van and a search for the perfect pair of wedding shoes. Alexander McCall Smith's The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party debuts at No. 3.
March 25, 2011 Detective Jackson Brodie returns from semi-retirement to solve a beguiling adoption case in his childhood home of Yorkshire — involving mysterious parentage, another retired detective, her young ward and an aging actress. Started Early, Took My Dog debuts at No. 10.
March 18, 2011 In an unnamed Balkan country, a young medical student grieves for her late grandfather as she cares for the children of an orphanage in enemy territory. Intertwined with the myths of her grandfather's childhood, the story examines family legend, loss and love. The Tiger's Wife debuts at No. 1.
March 11, 2011 The much anticipated second volume in Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy was released March 1. The Wise Man's Fear flew straight to the top of the hardcover fiction list this week.
March 4, 2011 Paula McLain re-creates Hemingway's Paris years from a new perspective — through the eyes of his first wife, Hadley Richardson. McLain's novel is an imaginative and heartbreaking exploration of Richardson's life as "the wife" of a genius. The Paris Wife debuts at No. 1.
February 25, 2011 Precocious child-sleuth Flavia de Luce returns to solve another slew of mysteries in the hamlet of Bishop's Lacey. In her idiosyncratic style, she puzzles out the cases of a missing tot, a bludgeoned gypsy and a corpse. A Red Herring Without Mustard enjoys its second week on the list.
February 18, 2011 When the townspeople of Port Bonita, a settlement west of Seattle, blast open a dam built by their ancestors more than 100 years ago, their lives enmesh with the freshly unearthed stories of the town's past. West of Here debuts at No. 13.
February 11, 2011 Set in the muddy backwoods of the Everglades, Swamplandia! follows the events of a rundown amusement park and the family of gator-wrestling warriors that runs it. Karen Russell's first novel debuts at No. 5.
February 4, 2011 Before Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most celebrated American writers of the 20th century, he honed his characteristic style of wit and satire through short stories — many of which went unpublished. While Mortals Sleep, a collection of 16 of these never-before-seen stories, debuts at No. 13.
January 27, 2011 In his latest collection of short stories, Colm Toibin explores the themes of loss and longing through the eyes of characters adrift in unfamiliar lands. The Empty Family debuts at No. 10.
January 21, 2011 After a brain injury erases the left side of her world, a successful businesswoman and mother must learn to re-envision her life and her relationships. Neuroscientist Lisa Genova's new book debuts at No. 12.
January 13, 2011 A young horse trainer brings four promising horses to a backwater West Virginia racetrack with a scam in mind, but he soon discovers a complex world of chance, passion and grief. Jaimy Gordon's Lord of Misrule enjoys its third week on the list.
January 7, 2011 A killer murders four families and is only stopped when he is slain by the last survivor of the last family, a 14-year-old boy. Years later, history is repeating itself, but that last survivor — now a detective — has a feeling this isn't the work of a copycat. Dean Koontz's new book debuts at No.15.