There are no winners in Joseph O'Neill's new novel The Dog, just a long downward spiral into stalemate as the nameless narrator flees a bad breakup and gets mired in shady financial dealings in Dubai.
Next week the people of Scotland vote on whether to become independent from the U.K. Author Marie Mutsuki Mockett recommends a book that illuminates the Scottish psyche, Iain Banks' The Crow Road.
Appearing at No. 5, The Heart of Everything That Is explores the little-known story of a powerful Sioux warrior who led the only American Indian defeat of U.S. troops.
A floundering genetics professor who is looking for a wife meets a barmaid who is on a quest to find her father. Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project appears at No. 6.
Randall Munroe answers a slew of wacky hypothetical questions in What If?, which debuts at No. 1.
Debuting at No. 1, David Mitchell's The Bone Clocks interweaves six narratives spanning the period between 1984 and the 2030s.
The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.
Wilson used a groundbreaking moral argument to get the U.S. involved in World War I. A. Scott Berg's book fills in missing pieces of the president's life. Original interview broadcast Sept. 10, 2013.
Also: E-book singles publisher Byliner is acquired by Vook; an excerpt of James Franco's new novel.
David Mitchell's latest fantasy is an odyssey into the dark side, spanning from 1984 to 2043. It's about a teenager who runs away from her London home and becomes prey to a ghastly gang of mystics.
Reviewer Annalisa Quinn says the poems in Glück's new collection Faithful and Virtuous Night are lovely in places, but also misty, ambiguous, and seemingly in love with their own haziness.
Also: writing advice from Emma Straub; the legacy of John Updike.
Marcos Giralt Torrente's memoir of his absentee father, the famed Spanish painter Juan Giralt, frequently resorts to lists and repetition to get across Torrente's exasperation, anger and love.
Also: Ursula K. Le Guin and Louise Erdrich will receive lifetime achievement awards; Judge Judy is giving away her new book for free.
It's a cliche at this point to talk about how incredibly prolific Joyce Carol Oates is; critic Alan Cheuse says it's not the quantity but the quality — and her latest story collection is wonderful.
Eimear McBride's debut uses fractured poetry to tell the story of a young girl trying to drown mental anguish with physical pain. Critic Heller McAlpin calls it devastating and ferociously original.
Patrimony is a nonfiction account — almost a diary — that Roth wrote about the last years of his father's life. Author Ben Dolnick calls it one of Roth's best and most surprising books.
In Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay takes on the state of feminism while documenting her own evolution as a woman. It appears at No. 14.
At No. 7, John Grisham's Sycamore Row returns to the world of his first novel, A Time to Kill.
A neuroscientist evaluates how the human brain responds to today's information-driven culture in The Organized Mind. It appears at No. 7.