Five years after her popular debut book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, the actress, producer and writer is back with more essays — and a reminder that she's not the same Mindy she plays on TV.
Patrick DeWitt, a former barback, once saw his hopes for a writing career teeter on a trash can's edge. Now an acclaimed author, he's dissecting folk tales in his newest novel, Undermajordomo Minor.
Author Patrick DeWitt knows well how to mine delight from despair. But his distinctive dark humor gathers a few rays of light in Undermajordomo Minor -- a scrambled folk tale that keeps a quick pace.
Qais Akbar Omar's memoir has been translated into more than 20 languages. But his outspoken criticism of Afghanistan's government has created problems for him and his family back in Kabul.
Amy Poehler offers her humorous take on love, friendship and parenthood in Yes Please, which appears at No. 2.
The daughter of a prominent Chicago judge is taken hostage by her one-night stand in Mary Kubica's The Good Girl, which appears at No. 14.
In Exceptional: Why The World Needs A Powerful America, Dick and Liz Cheney argue for the maintenance of a proactive military force. It debuts at No. 13.
David Lagercrantz's The Girl In The Spider's Web, the latest book in the late Stieg Larsson's Millennium series, debuts at No. 1.
The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.
Songwriter John Darnielle talks with Fresh Air about his difficult childhood, finding refuge in music and his novel, Wolf in White Van. Originally broadcast Sept. 17, 2014
Leah Hayes' new graphic novel presents, in simple terms and unassuming pinkish illustrations, the story of two women who decide to get abortions, the choices they make and the steps they go through.
The heroine of Jonathan Evison's new novel is 78 years old, chronically drunk and talks to the ghost of her dead husband. Critic Jason Sheehan says the book portrays "darkness with a forced smile."
NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Bruce Conforth, professor of American culture at the University of Michigan, about words that have entered colloquial language after originating as book characters.
A white man called Michael Derrick Hudson used the name Yi-Fen Chou as a strategy to get published. Ken Chen of the Asian American Writers' Workshop in New York says the writer wanted to be "special."
The 2014 National Medals of Arts and the National Humanities Medals was awarded in tandem Thursday to 21 of the most renowned U.S. artists and patrons. Among the winners was Stephen King.
With a scarcity of jobs during the Depression, more than a million people of Mexican descent were sent to Mexico. Author Francisco Balderrama estimates that 60 percent were American citizens.
Elena Ferrante's edgy "Neapolitan Novels" chronicle a decades-long friendship between two Italian women. Maureen Corrigan says the fourth and final novel, The Story of the Lost Child, is spectacular.
In Fran Wilde's world life happens in above the clouds, towers are built from song and humans fly. Critic Amal El-Mohtar says Wilde's new novel is a powerfully innovative work of fantasy.
Joseph Roth was an Austrian reporter whose writing provided a vivid portrait of pre-WWII Europe. Critic Juan Vidal says this newly translated collection of his work shows his intelligence and humor.
NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with author Timothy Snyder about his new book, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning. He says Nazi Germany's strategy was the destruction of states.