Nov 13, 2012 — The world's first essayist, Michel Montaigne, was out riding one day when he got slammed from the rear, was thrown from his horse, crashed to the ground and for a brief time was, as he puts it, "dead." He described exactly what it felt like. Here's what he learned.
Oct 8, 2012 — Novelists Daniel Woodrell, Christopher Moore and Chuck Palahniuk confront the darker sides of life with varying degrees of humor, while writer Susan Orlean looks at the life of dog star Rin Tin Tin, and Wade Davis reassesses George Mallory's historic climbs on Mount Everest.
Jul 27, 2012 — To Heaven and Back, Mary C. Neal's account of her brush with the afterlife, debuts at No. 8.
Oct 28, 2011 — A 13-year-old girl tries to figure out how she died and went to hell in Damned. It debuts at No 10.
Oct 20, 2011 — Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk does his best twisted Judy Blume impression in Damned, a Breakfast Club for the condemned. As a young adult novel, Damned is surprisingly sweet, hopeful and empowering; as a satire, it's funny, irreverent and hugely entertaining.
Oct 16, 2011 — What do you do if you're 13, smart and damned to hell? If you're the heroine of Chuck Palahiuk's new novel Damned, you strap on a pair of silver high heels and prepare to take the place over.
Nov 23, 2010 — In fiction, Herta Mueller, winner of 2009's literature Nobel, writes poetically about life under totalitarianism, and Elizabeth Berg crafts an entertaining account of a 40th high school reunion. In nonfiction — John Adams' letters, America's tacky Christmas traditions, and the sequel to Stuff White People Like.
Nov 3, 2010 — When Raymond Khoury reads humor, he wants it to be about something. He recommends three seriously funny reads — about the war in Iraq, the decay of fiction and the questions of science — that address 21st century troubles with razor-sharp wit.
Apr 16, 2009 — The younger of the filmmaking Coen brothers is the author of two recently published books. Almost An Evening consists of three short plays that were staged off-Broadway last year, while The Drunken Driver Has The Right Of Way is a slim volume of clever, light verse.
Feb 17, 2009 — When author David Eagleman thinks about the afterlife, he sees endless possibilities. In his book, Sum: Forty Tales From the Afterlives, he imagines a variety of scenarios, including a heaven run by a bureaucratic committee.