Jul 9, 2013 — Have you ever found yourself in the library or a bookstore, about to leave for vacation, with no idea what books to bring? Well, never fear. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to three book critics about the best reads of the summer.
Jun 7, 2013 — Philipp Meyer's The Son, a sprawling epic about a Texas family, debuts at No. 6.
May 28, 2013 — Philipp Meyer (American Rust) has crafted a multigenerational epic that captures the Lone Star State's contradictions and vast sweep. Critic Michael Schaub calls The Son "one of the most solid, unsparing pieces of American historical fiction to come out this century."
May 28, 2013 — Philipp Meyer's second novel is a centuries-spanning family saga that chronicles the growth of Texas. Many hands are bloodied in the novel's conflicts: between settlers and Native Americans, between Texan ranchers and Mexicans, and finally, between ranchers and the oil men who take over the land.
May 14, 2013 — Benjamin Percy's new literary werewolf novel, Red Moon, is packed with vivid, gory-lush description and heavy allegory about a world where "lycans" are a persecuted minority. But reviewer Nick Mancusi says the book gives short shrift to character development.
Mar 15, 2012 — A racially charged murder mystery set in Kansas, Mary Doria Russell's Doc debuts at No. 13.
Mar 8, 2012 — The Sisters Brothers — holding the No. 11 spot — spins a darkly comic yarn set during the Gold Rush.
Mar 7, 2012 — Novelist T.C. Boyle takes on a California environmental battle while Mary Doria Russell takes a fresh look at the Wild West of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp. In nonfiction, Sarah Vowell tours Hawaii, Charles Fishman looks at the future of water, Allen Shawn reflects on being a twin, and Ben Ryder Howe on running a Brooklyn deli.
Feb 23, 2012 — The Sisters Brothers — an offbeat Western set during the California Gold Rush — debuts at No. 13.
Feb 15, 2012 — On the lighter side this week, there's a comic Western about two gun-slinging brothers and a memoir by TV's 89-year-old naughty girl, Betty White. Plus a father's wry look at the college admissions game, and a sports writer's tale of the cutthroat world of youth basketball.