Even as public schools in the area closed amid protests, the Ferguson Public Library stayed open for local students and readers. Onlookers have responded with an outpouring of donations.
Cold dark winter nights are the perfect time to dip into Gemma Files' chilling new story collection, We Will All Go Down Together. Critic Jason Heller praises Files' "ghostly, magical storytelling."
Years after her grandfather's death, Sarah Wildman discovered letters from a young woman he'd left behind in Vienna in the 1930s. So Wildman set out to find her grandfather's true love.
An estimated 46 million Americans will take to the road this Thanksgiving. We survey some of the best recorded comedy and audiobooks so you can laugh away the tension if you're stuck in traffic.
Phil Klay served in Iraq from January 2007 to February 2008. He recently won a National Book Award for his collection of short stories.
The University of Texas, Austin nabbed the rights to preserve and present the late Nobel winner's collected writings. Also: HBO takes on Scientology, and Aretha Franklin decries her new biography.
Known as the "Joan Anderson Letter," the 18-page, single-spaced, stream of consciousness note from Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac was found amid the dusty papers of a now-closed publishing house.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of "Lunch Poems" by Frank O'Hara, City Lights Books has reissued an expanded version of the collection.
NPR's Eric Westervelt talks to Austen Ivereigh about his new biography of Pope Francis, "The Great Reformer".
A digital publisher has released a bounty of Colwin's books: four novels, three short-story collections and a collection of cooking essays. Colwin, who died in 1992 at age 48, had an "elusive magic."
Hope was a comedy trailblazer, but in his twilight years he alienated young audiences with his political views. "He had, unfortunately, stuck around too long," says Hope biographer Richard Zoglin.
Once thought lost to a watery grave, Neal Cassady's letter to Jack Kerouac, which inspired On the Road, has resurfaced and will be sold Dec. 17. Also: Daniel Handler delivers on his $110,000 apology.
Al Michaels' book covers Super Bowls, Olympics, World Series and working with legends. David Greene meets the play-by-play voice, and talks to Michaels about his book, You Can't Make This Up.
God'll Cut You Down is a new book based on the tangled true story about the murder of a white supremacist by a black hustler. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the book's author, John Safran.
Ron Rash's latest collects 34 of his best short stories; critic Alan Cheuse says they're searingly beautiful, "as if someone has taken a stick from a blazing fire and pressed it into your hand."
NPR's Scott Simon talks to Carolyn Chute about her new novel, Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves. The book follows a reporter as she investigates a remote commune and its charismatic leader.
Fortune India editor-at-large Hindol Sengupta's new book chronicles India's lurching progress away from a state-controlled economy to a more open system that encourages business and investment.
Provence, 1970 examines the early American modern food movement and its pioneers, including James Beard and Julia Child. It appears at No. 13.
A Michigan man sets out to prove that apparent phone calls from the beyond are actually a hoax in The First Phone Call From Heaven, appearing at No. 10.
George W. Bush details the life of his father, George H.W. Bush, in 41. It debuts at No. 2.