"A best seller was a book which somehow sold well simply because it was selling well."
—Daniel J (oseph) Boorstin (b. 1914) American Gov't Official, Librarian of Congress
- Picasso, Nazis And A Daring Escape In 'My Grandfather's Gallery' Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:34:00 -0400
- As a little girl, Anne Sinclair knew Pablo Picasso. She talks with NPR's Scott Simon about why she didn't want the master to paint her picture, and her new memoir, My Grandfather's Gallery.
- Bolano's Newly Translated Novel Wrests Beauty From Despair Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:03:13 -0400
- A Little Lumpen Novelita is an intoxicating tale of a teenage girl who struggles to stay afloat. It cements Roberto Bolano's place as the most commanding Latin American writer of the last few decades.
- Why Afghanistan's 'Underground Girls' Skirt Tradition To Live As Boys Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:11:00 -0400
- In a new book, journalist Jenny Nordberg writes about the bacha posh, young girls who dress up like boys to enjoy the freedoms of being an Afghan male for as long as they can.
- NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of September 18, 2014 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:03:20 -0400
- Appearing at No. 6, scholar Reza Aslan's Zealot combines biblical and historical sources to probe the life of Jesus of Nazareth.
- NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of September 18, 2014 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:03:20 -0400
- At No. 14, Dennis Lehane's The Drop follows a woman and a lonely bartender as they encounter the Chechen mafia, stick-up artists and a relentless cop.
- NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of September 18, 2014 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:03:20 -0400
- Debuting at No. 5, Henry Kissinger's World Order gives a historian's perspective on the idea of order in world affairs.
- NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of September 18, 2014 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:03:20 -0400
- In Ian McEwan's The Children Act, a judge decides a case involving parents whose faith forbids a life-saving transfusion for their son. It debuts at No. 4.
- NPR Bestsellers: Week Of September 18, 2014 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:03:20 -0400
- The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.
- For The Autumnal Equinox, A Poem As Chilling As The Fall Weather Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:26:00 -0400
- Tuesday is the first day of fall. This time of year reminds critic Abigail Deutsch of Stephen Dobyns' "How to Like It" — a poem about a man who ponders his lost summers and fleeting dreams.
- Amid NFL Scandals, A Novel About America's Love Of The Sport Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:25:00 -0400
- It's the start of the season, and the NFL is already beset by scandal. Writer Mark Chiusano recommends a novel about football's place in American culture, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.
- 'American Cornball' A Taxonomy Of Humor In The U.S. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:27:00 -0400
- Robert Siegel talks to author Christopher Miller about American Cornball. It looks at the prejudices and peculiarities of a nation polarized between urban and rural, black and white and more.
- Keeping Heirloom Apples Alive Is 'Like A Chain Letter' Over Many Centuries Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:09:00 -0400
- Scott Farm in Vermont grows 100 apple varieties, some of them dating back to the 1700s. These apples may not look as pretty as the Red Delicious, but what they lack in looks they make up for in taste.
- Roosevelt's Polio Wasn't A Secret: He Used It To His 'Advantage' Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:43:42 -0400
- In The Man He Became, historian James Tobin says, despite misimpressions to the contrary, Americans of Franklin Roosevelt's day were well-aware of his disability. Originally aired Nov. 25, 2013.
- Book News: National Book Longlists Contain Some Surprises, Many Subtitles Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:32:00 -0400
- Also: George R.R. Martin enters the political fray; Robert Darnton on censorship.
- How Did The Son Of A Terrorist Choose Peace? Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:58:00 -0400
- Zak Ebrahim is the son of terrorist El-Sayyid Nosair, one of the masterminds of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He tells the story of being raised to hate and how he chose a very different path.