"There are too many books I haven't read, too many places I haven't seen, too many memories I haven't kept long enough."
- A Race Against Time To Find WWI's Last 'Doughboys' Fri, 24 May 2013 16:39:00 -0400
- In 2003, Richard Rubin set out to talk to every American veteran of World War I he could find. With help from the French, he tracked down dozens of centenarian vets and recorded their stories in a new book called The Last of the Doughboys.
- NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of May 23, 2013 Fri, 24 May 2013 12:00:00 -0400
- The Guns at Last Light concludes Rick Atkinson's World War II trilogy. It debuts at No. 4.
- NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of May 23, 2013 Fri, 24 May 2013 12:00:00 -0400
- At No. 13, a pilot fights to survive after a devastating pandemic in Peter Heller's The Dog Stars.
- NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of May 23, 2013 Fri, 24 May 2013 12:00:00 -0400
- An expanded edition of Wreck This Journal encourages creative destruction. It debuts at No. 14.
- NPR Bestsellers: Week Of May 23, 2013 Fri, 24 May 2013 12:00:00 -0400
- The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.
- NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of May 23, 2013 Fri, 24 May 2013 12:00:00 -0400
- Symbologist Robert Langdon faces a Dante-themed riddle in Dan Brown's Inferno. It debuts at No. 1.
- Book News: Judge's Comments Bruising To Apple's Price-Fixing Case Fri, 24 May 2013 07:29:00 -0400
- Also: Mary Karr on addiction and David Foster Wallace; Maria Semple calls Jonathan Franzen her "big daddy."
- June Kids' Book Club Pick: 'The One And Only Ivan' Thu, 23 May 2013 15:19:00 -0400
- In June, NPR's Backseat Book Club will read Katherine Applegate's tale of Ivan, a gorilla who lives in a shopping mall. Ivan enjoys watching TV and painting, but a newcomer to the mall — a baby elephant — forces Ivan to face his own past.
- 'Lunch Lady' Author Helps Students Draw Their Own Heroes Thu, 23 May 2013 16:33:00 -0400
- Can you imagine your own superhero? That's the question author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka posed to kids on a recent afternoon at a school in Washington, D.C. Krosoczka also described how he overcame a difficult childhood to become the author of the beloved Lunch Lady series.
- Book News: Lydia Davis Wins Man Booker International Prize Thu, 23 May 2013 07:35:00 -0400
- Also: Amazon to begin publishing fan fiction; Paul Ryan and Elizabeth Warren are writing books; Keith Richards' exorbitant library fines.
- Heartbreaking Choice Sets Siblings On Separate, Unequal Paths Thu, 23 May 2013 07:00:00 -0400
- A poor father sells his daughter to a wealthy, childless couple, dividing her from her beloved brother and setting a chain of stories in motion in Khaled Hosseini's And the Mountains Echoed. Moving and morally complex, this is the most ambitious book yet from the author of The Kite Runner.
- Judge: Unredeemed Borders Gift Cards Are Worthless Wed, 22 May 2013 19:57:00 -0400
- A Manhattan judge upholds a lower court ruling that $210 million worth of unredeemed gift cards from the defunct book chain are no longer valid.
- Fictional 'Mothers' Reveal Facts Of A Painful Adoption Process Wed, 22 May 2013 13:08:00 -0400
- After years trying to conceive, novelist Jennifer Gilmore and her husband decided to adopt. What they thought would be a relatively simple process was instead a long and painful one. In her latest novel, Gilmore channels these autobiographical experiences into fiction.
- Book News: Newly Found Pearl Buck Novel To Be Published This Fall Wed, 22 May 2013 07:29:00 -0400
- Also: shameless book blurbs; new plays from Ayad Ahktar; and a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone draws a record price at auction.
- A Different Kind Of Immigrant Experience In 'Americanah' Wed, 22 May 2013 07:00:00 -0400
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's latest, Americanah, follows the trials and tribulations of Ifemelu, a middle-class Nigerian immigrant to America. Reviewer Jennifer Reese calls Americanah a "rich and gloriously detailed tapestry ... hung on the sturdy scaffolding of a sweet love story."