In his new book journalist Joel Bourne says humanity is facing a major problem: The world is running out of food. There are promising developments to meet the threat, he says, but time is running out.
Kate Atkinson's novel both mourns the passing of the World War II generation and allows readers to vicariously enter into the experience of the war. It's a companion to her 2013 book, Life After Life.
Jesse Goolsby, author of I'd Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them, says it's not only a question of appreciation. "We just want a conversation about what our country asks of us," Goolsby says.
NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Lisa Gornick about her new collection of short stories, Louisa Meets Bear. The stories chart the way small decisions can ripple through seemingly unconnected lives.
Joseph Luzzi used Dante's epic poem "The Divine Comedy" to get him through the grief of his wife's sudden death. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Luzzi.
In her new novel, Dolen Perkins-Valdez wanted to look beyond the traditional frame for Civil War stories. Her book is set in Chicago, and opens as the nation is struggling to heal.
In the Unlikely Event is beloved YA author Judy Blume's first novel for adults in 17 years — it's centered around a series of plane crashes that really happened in her home town in the early 1950s.
NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Jax Miller about her debut thriller, Freedom's Child. Miller found inspiration for the title character in her own battle with drug addiction.
Argentinian novelist Alan Pauls' latest kicks off as so many good stories do: With a dead body and a disappearing briefcase full of cash. Critic Juan Vidal calls Pauls a "master builder" of fiction.
The new book The League Of Regrettable Superheroes lovingly recounts the deeply goofy world of weird crusaders that popped up and, just as quickly, disappeared.
Appearing at No. 11, Hampton Sides' In The Kingdom of Ice recounts a doomed 19th-century naval expedition to the North Pole and the crew's struggle for survival in the Arctic.
At No. 13, Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project tells the story of a man trying to find a wife and a woman trying to find her father.
In Triggers, which debuts at No. 14, Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter explain how to overcome potentially damaging psychological triggers.
Make Something Up, a compilation of 21 stories and one novella by Chuck Palahniuk, debuts at No. 12.
The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.
Musician Michael Feinstein chronicles his experience working as an archivist and cataloger for legendary songwriter Ira Gershwin. Originally broadcast Oct. 17, 2012.
This week, we dive deeply into the world of romance novels with our special guest, Sarah Wendell of the web site Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.
Andrew Solomon, the author of The Noonday Demon, discusses the challenges of pregnancy for women who are depressed. The long-term effects of antidepressants taken during pregnancy are unclear.
Stephen King wields many pens; in Finders Keepers he's examining the role of authors and the masks they wear for the public. Critic Bethanne Patrick says the action zooms after a sluggish start.
Jamie Bartlett exposes an encrypted underworld to the Internet in his book The Dark Net: "Anybody with something to hide, whether it's for good reasons or for ill, finds a very natural home there."