Aug 26, 2014 — Katy Simpson Smith's debut novel, The Story of Land and Sea, is a story of suffering centered on an ex-pirate and his daughter just after the American Revolution. It's flawed, but a worthwhile read.
Aug 22, 2014 — Katy Simpson Smith's novel, set during the American Revolution, was inspired by her research on mothers in the South. "Death was sort of the specter that haunted every aspect of life," she says.
Jan 20, 2014 — In softcover nonfiction, mother-of-three Kelly Oxford wisecracks, Errol Morris reexamines the Jeffrey MacDonald murder case and Shereen El Feki travels across the Arab world asking people about their sexuality.
Jan 17, 2014 — Life After Life, Kate Atkinson's story about the many lives of Ursula Todd, appears at No. 1.
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.
Jun 14, 2013 — The new Stephen King whodunit, Joyland, debuts at No. 1.
Jun 4, 2013 — NPR's Susan Stamberg asked three of our go-to independent booksellers to help fill our beach bags with good books. The result is a reading list that's all about youth and ritual.
May 28, 2013 — "The more carny it got, the better I liked it," King says of his new thriller, Joyland. The book, set in a North Carolina amusement park in 1973, is part horror novel and part supernatural thriller. King talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about his career writing horror, and about what scares him now.
Mar 27, 2013 — Amid a literary landscape rife with metafictional and postmodern high jinks, Jill McCorkle has dared to write a heartwarmer set largely in a retirement home. Her Life After Life celebrates late-life epiphanies and old-fashioned kindness.
Mar 22, 2013 — From an old man feigning dementia to a judge's widow who keeps a scrapbook of murder, the story of Pine Haven's retired residents isn't all seriousness and tragedy. In her new novel, Jill McCorkle draws from the sometimes sad, sometimes comical experience of watching her own parents age.