It once took Matthew Diffee years of trying — and a push from his mom — to get one beloved cartoon in the magazine. Diffee's new collection is called Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People.
At No. 7, Tom Robbins applies his signature verbal gusto to his own life story in Tibetan Peach Pie.
A judge is called upon to decide the fate of a sick teenager in Ian McEwan's The Children Act, which appears at No. 9.
Neurologist Oliver Sacks looks back on his life and career in On the Move, which debuts at No. 7.
Early Warning, the second book in Jane Smiley's Last Hundred Years trilogy, continues her tale of an Iowa farming family. It debuts at No. 10.
The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.
The British author wrote crime novels for 50 years, many featuring Chief Inspector "Reg" Wexford. Rendell died May 2. Originally broadcast in 1989 and 2005.
The British novelist set shocking crimes in mundane settings — always adding a dash of social criticism. Critic Maureen Corrigan says she is forever giving Rendell's books away to friends.
NPR's Robert Siegel talks with historian Diana Preston about her book A Higher Form of Killing: Six Weeks in World War I That Forever Changed the Nature of Warfare.
Soho Press recently reissued the late British crime writer's final novel. Critic John Powers says Lewis' GBH is a pulp-fiction triumph worthy of Jim Thompson or James Ellroy.
What if you could rewrite reality? Andrea Phillips' debut novel follows an unambitious barista whose life is turned upside down when she discovers a website that lets her change lives with a click.
Maggie Nelson's philosophical memoir uses her pregnancy — and her partner Harry's gender transition — to explore larger questions about the changing ways we approach marriage and motherhood.
Karl Taro Greenfeld's new book imagines a near-future America where credit scores determine your fate, and a new generation of Okies travel the country in dilapidated SUVs, searching for prosperity.
Kate Atkinson's 2013 best-seller, Life After Life, depicted the century-spanning lives of Ursula Todd; her new book takes a more constrained approach to Ursula's brother, Royal Air Force pilot Teddy.
Writers Richard Paul and Steven Moss's new book is called We Could Not Fail. It's about the first African-Americans to work for NASA. They profile 10 African-American scientists and engineers.
Pitching great Pedro Martinez, who helped end the Boston Red Sox World Series drought, talks about his new memoir Pedro.
Journalist Asne Seierstad chronicles the 2011 shooting massacre in her country in her latest book. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls the work "engrossing, important and undeniably difficult to read."
Journalist Barry Estabrook wanted to know more about the animal and its journey from the farm to his plate. In a new book, he explores the dichotomies of the industry that's raising our pork chops.
British artist Brian Catling's fiction debut, about a mysterious forest in an alternate-universe Africa, is finally in the U.S. Reviewer Jason Heller calls it an "eye-gouging, mind-bending spectacle."
Jim Shepard's new novel follows a depressed and probably doomed young boy in the Warsaw Jewish ghetto during World War II. Critic Michael Schaub calls it a "rewarding, shocking and beautiful book."