City and town life
Feb 7, 2014 — At No. 13, Maeve Binchy's A Week in Winter brings together the guests at an Irish holiday resort.
Jan 17, 2014 — Life After Life, Kate Atkinson's story about the many lives of Ursula Todd, appears at No. 1.
Dec 13, 2013 — Debuting at No. 14, Humans of New York is photographer Brandon Stanton's visual census of the city.
Nov 5, 2013 — In softcover fiction, Jill McCorkle's cluster of retirees faces death with humor and sorrow. In nonfiction, Lawrence Wright peeks into the world of Scientology, Simon Garfield charts a history of maps, Jonathan Cott recalls his friendship with John and Yoko, Duncan Wall spins yarns about the circus and Mark Binelli welcomes us to his Detroit.
Nov 1, 2013 — Brandon Stanton challenges the conventional wisdom that you shouldn't talk to strangers.
Sep 20, 2013 — Jonathan Lethem's tale of two leftist generations, Dissident Gardens, debuts at No. 8.
Sep 13, 2013 — A 7-year-old girl goes missing in Edwidge Danticat's Claire of the Sea Light. It debuts at No. 10.
Sep 11, 2013 — Jonathan Lethem's Dissident Gardens sketches a history of the American left that is at once intimate and expansive. Out of the lives of a few conflicted characters, reviewer Mohsin Hamid explains, the book lends depth and emotion to events that affected millions.
Sep 9, 2013 — His new book, Dissident Gardens, follows three generations of an activist family, from Rose, a secular Jew and communist, to Sergius, her commune-raised grandson. The book is fiction, but its characters were inspired by Lethem's own family story.
Aug 25, 2013 — Claire of the Sea Light is award-winning author Edwidge Danticat's newest work of fiction. She spoke to host Rachel Martin about how experiences of her own childhood in Haiti are reflected in her young protagonist.