Apr 5, 2013 — On the heels of Chinua Achebe's death, the Nigerian author's Things Fall Apart appears at No. 12.
Mar 25, 2013 — In softcover nonfiction, Cheryl Strayed recounts her solo trek on the Pacific Crest Trail, Blaine Harden unlocks the secrets of a North Korean prison camp, and Leymah Gbowee reflects on becoming a Liberian peace activist. In fiction, Rachel Joyce's tale of an unexpected journey arrives in paperback.
Mar 22, 2013 — The world-famous Nigerian author Chinua Achebe has died. Annalisa Quinn reflects on the legacy of Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart.
Mar 22, 2013 — His seminal work played a critical role in establishing post-colonial African literature. Achebe also taught Africana Studies at Brown University.
Aug 10, 2012 — The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, about a man's journey to see a dying friend, debuts at No. 7.
Jul 22, 2012 — Harold Fry is retired and sedentary — and in no way the sort of person who'd spontaneously decide to walk the length of England to visit a dying friend. Rachel Joyce's new novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, follows Fry as he does just that — and finds emotional awakening along the way.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of New Valley Novellas by Josh Weil. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jun 7, 2011 — From religion to pornography and die-hard optimists to remorseless sociopaths, reading about neuroscience can be a lot more fun than dodging volleyballs on a beach. Here are five brainy picks that are sure to make for some sizzling summer reads.
Jul 14, 2010 — You don't need a background in science to enjoy these research-fueled reads. From the mysteries of the male brain to the logistics of having a clone to the problem of mortality, these books straightforwardly tackle present and future scientific puzzles.