African American families
Dec 21, 2012 — Ayana Mathis' Twelve Tribes Of Hattie is a tale of adversity and resilience. It debuts at No. 10.
Dec 11, 2012 — Oprah Winfrey's second pick for her rebooted book club is The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, by first-time novelist Ayana Mathis. It's a chronicle of the Great Migration of African-Americans leaving the rural South, following a family matriarch who leaves Georgia to start a new life in Philadelphia.
Jul 16, 2012 — In Help Me to Find My People, Heather Andrea Williams uses artifacts from the post-Civil War era to explore the emotional toll of separation on families during slavery, and of their arduous journeys to reconnect.
May 17, 2012 — Novelist Tayari Jones explores a father's deception of his family, while historian David McCullough looks at 19th-century Americans in Paris, Roy Blount Jr. revels in verbal curiosities, writer Bill James reflects on true-crime stories, and journalist Diana Henriques probes the Ponzi scheme of Bernie Madoff.
Jan 7, 2012 — In Salvage the Bones, a hurricane threatens a coastal Mississippi town. It debuts at No. 15.
Nov 17, 2011 — In a celebratory National Book Awards on Wall Street last night, Stephen Greenblatt took the nonfiction award for Swerve, while, in a surprise turn in fiction, Jesmyn Ward won for Salvage the Bones.
Nov 16, 2011 — On Tuesday evening in New York City, the finalists for the National Book Award gathered on the eve of the ceremony to share their work. Listen to the nominated authors read from five sober and splendid works of fiction.
Nov 9, 2011 — It's all about fiction this week with a stunning magical realist debut from the young Tea Obreht, a fantastical family fable from Walter Mosley, Matt Rees' conspiracy-laden historical drama about Mozart's sister, and a haunting novel of colonialism gone awry by Swedish author Henning Mankell.
Oct 13, 2011 — Jon Stewart and The Daily Show writers sum up humanity while Matt Taibbi weighs in on the financial meltdown, Peter Godwin explores Robert Mugabe's reign of terror, Condoleezza Rice reflects on her Alabama childhood, and Hazel Rowley probes Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt's unconventional marriage.
Sep 21, 2011 — Novelists Tatiana de Rosnay and Martha Southgate measure the impact of family secrets, while former British Prime Minister Tony Blair delivers his memoirs, Richard Cohen takes a close look at the sun, and Guy Deutscher argues that language shapes the mind.