The Caldecott and Newbery award-winning author says he won't publish anything he isn't proud of. His new picture book is about five figurines on a windowsill who are all waiting for something.
Lauren Groff's new novel paints a portrait of marriage from the clashing viewpoints of a husband and wife. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Fates and Furies is "a marvel" — but that it could be better.
Thirty years ago no one uttered the words "breast cancer" in public. Now there's no shortage of information, but the glut can make it hard for women to make choices about care.
Renee Montagne talks with Dion Nissenbaum, whose book tells the stories of Israeli and Palestinian families on Assael Street, a political and religious fault line in Jerusalem since 1948.
In 2010, Mayor Cory Booker, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg devised a plan to improve Newark's failing schools. Dale Russakoff recounts their efforts in The Prize.
Everett praises Wyoming, where many of his new stories are set, for being "so sparsely populated." And he says the outdoors aren't dangerous — human voices in the wilderness are far scarier.
Kelly Carlin, George Carlin's daughter, released a new memoir called A Carlin Home Companion, about growing up as the only daughter of one of the greatest comedians of all time.
Jackie Collins, best-selling author of pulpy fiction, has died of breast cancer at the age of 77. Freelance journalist Annalisa Quinn tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer about Collins' influence.
NPR's Linda Wertheimer interviews Thomas Mallon about his new work of historical fiction. No crowns or bodices here: The book is called Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years.
All hail the return of our favorite medieval advice columnist, who is here to get us through the back-to-school season, including helping us dress for photos and pull all-nighters.
Chinelo Okparanta's new novel follows a Nigerian girl as she grows up during a violent civil war and struggles to come to terms with her sexuality.
The columnist could write like an angel — and bite like an asp. In a new biography, John Norris recounts McGrory's first big break and the proposition she received from a Democratic president.
A survey from the Authors Guild reveals a 30 percent decline in author income since 2009. "You used to be able to make an absolutely living wage as a writer," says Guild President Roxana Robinson.
Owen King and Mark Jude Poirier's new comic is a B-movie type portrait of college life interrupted by the arrival of alien beetles who feed on the shallowest kids.
In World Order, Henry Kissinger shares his thoughts on the roots of international harmony and global disorder. It appears at No. 14.
At No. 11, Sarah Waters' The Paying Guests follows a widow and her daughter in 1920s London.
In Reckless, Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde looks back on her childhood and her band's rise to fame in the 1980s. It debuts at No. 10.
Debuting at No. 14, Bill Clegg's Did You Ever Have a Family follows one woman's process of grieving after she loses her entire family in one tragic night.
The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.
From Kate Beaton (the creator of Hark! A Vagrant) comes a new collection of comics that combines deadpan humor with minimalist style, drawing inspiration from often surprising historical figures.