"During the Depression, or back when we were fighting Hitler, people didn't have time to sue a company if the coffee was too hot. There were urgent, pressing problems. If you think you have it tough, read history books."
—Bill Maher Comedian, commentator
- From Uganda To The Midwest, 'All Our Names' Draws Portraits Of Love Sat, 08 Mar 2014 08:00:00 -0500
- Dinaw Mengestu is known for writing about the immigrant experience, but his latest novel takes a slightly different tack: It's about love born out of loneliness and need, and complicated by war.
- Meet The Murdering, Kidnapping Imposter Who Fooled Walter Kirn Sat, 08 Mar 2014 08:00:00 -0500
- In 1998, the novelist befriended a rich, eccentric, art-loving Rockefeller — or so he thought. Kirn explores the man's lies in Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade.
- Affordable Care Act Isn't Perfect, But It's A 'Pretty Good Structure' Sat, 08 Mar 2014 08:00:00 -0500
- In his new book, Ezekiel Emanuel explains "how the Affordable Care Act will improve our terribly complex, blatantly unjust, outrageously expensive, grossly inefficient, error prone system."
- 'Night In Shanghai' Dances On The Eve Of Destruction Sat, 08 Mar 2014 05:23:00 -0500
- Nicole Mones' new novel tells the story of African-American musicians who found respect and appreciation in Shanghai's nightclubs, even as the city descended into Japanese occupation and war.
- A Ukrainian Conscience Lost By Complicity, Recovered By Remorse Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:00:00 -0500
- Anthony Marra recommends Everything Flows by Vasily Grossman as a way to understand the events unfolding in Ukraine.
- New Look At The Man Behind Black Power Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:02:00 -0500
- Stokely Carmichel popularized one of the best known and most polarizing phrases of the civil rights era: "black power." Historian Peniel Joseph shares his new book Stokely: A Life.
- NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of March 6, 2014 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:00:00 -0500
- Piper Kerman's TV tie-in prison memoir, Orange is the New Black, has hit half a year on the list.
- NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of March 6, 2014 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:00:00 -0500
- Nora's life is changed by a new student's family in The Woman Upstairs, by Claire Messud, at No. 14.
- NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of March 6, 2014 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:00:00 -0500
- In The Future of the Mind, Michio Kaku surveys current science of the human mind. It debuts at No. 3.
- NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of March 6, 2014 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:00:00 -0500
- Debuting at No. 3, Lorrie Moore's Bark is a collection of eight short stories.
- NPR Bestsellers: Week Of March 6, 2014 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:00:00 -0500
- The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.
- Book News: @GSElevator Author Loses Book Deal Fri, 07 Mar 2014 08:00:00 -0500
- Also: The longlist is announced for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction; Anna Holmes on Scout Finch and Harriet the Spy; Teju Cole on reading.
- The Professionally Haunted Life Of Helen Oyeyemi Fri, 07 Mar 2014 07:00:00 -0500
- With the release of her fifth novel, Boy, Snow, Bird, Helen Oyeyemi is growing out of the literary wunderkind label and into something richer and stranger. Annalisa Quinn has a profile.
- Publisher Releases Lullabies From 'Goodnight Moon' Author Fri, 07 Mar 2014 05:00:00 -0500
- Goodnight Songs is a compilation of formerly unpublished lullabies and poems by the author of Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown. Linda Wertheimer talks to Amy Gary, who discovered the new material.
- Book News: George Saunders Wins The Story Prize Thu, 06 Mar 2014 07:28:00 -0500
- Also: finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction announced; testing the Hemingway App; warfare and rocket cats.