The first chapter of Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman was published Friday in the Wall Street Journal and the Guardian newspaper, in advance of the book's release next week. NPR shares a reading from the opening of the book that features familiar characters and a new one.
At No. 1, Daniel James Brown's The Boys In The Boat tells the story of the American rowing team that attended Adolf Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics.
David Mitchell tries his hand at dystopian fantasy in The Bone Clocks, which appears at No. 13.
Debuting at No. 14, Ben Mezrich's Once Upon A Time In Russia tells true stories of Russia's mega-wealthy.
Daniel Silva's The English Spy follows an Israeli spy as he investigates the murder of a former princess. It debuts at No. 3.
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