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.
James Rollins' The 6th Extinction, in which the Sigma Force tries to solve a mystery from Antarctica's distant past, debuts at No. 11.
The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.
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Read an exclusive excerpt of Caitlin Moran's rollicking new autobiographical novel about a girl who, after a terrible embarrassment, reinvents herself as a hard-drinking, wild-living music critic.
Robert Jackson Bennett's new novel starts slowly, but blossoms into a richly imagined fantasy world in which the banned gods of a conquered city may not be so far gone after all.
Seth Casteel explains the logistics of shooting his latest book: "I'm wearing a dog costume so that the dogs can feel like I'm one of the pack. ... Just kidding. ... I usually just wear a wet suit."
In her new children's book, Firebird, Copeland seeks to inspire other young African-American dancers. "It's hard to be the one that stands out," she says.
Perfidia is a sprawling novel that takes place in 1940s LA. There are Pearl Harbor, internment camps, schemes within schemes. Ellroy weaves an epic tale that evokes an ugly time and an awful place.