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Feb 15, 2013 — An orphan overcomes her past in Vanessa Diffenbaugh's The Language Of Flowers. It rises to No. 4.
Dec 24, 2012 — Four novels for the year's end: a new Raylan Givens adventure from Elmore Leonard, a story of psychology and obsession from Ellen Ullman, Thomas Caplan's latest spy thriller and Alex Gilvarry's debut set in the fashion world and Guantanamo Bay.
Apr 12, 2012 — In The Language of Flowers, an orphan discovers she can communicate with nature. It debuts at No. 7.
Apr 4, 2012 — Novelist Julie Otsuka returns with a tale of Japanese "picture brides" in the U.S., while Kyung-sook Shin explores the life of a Korean mother. Plus singer Shania Twain's account of overcoming poverty and divorce to hold her own as a country music star, actress Shirley MacLaine's ruminations on politics and life, and writer Wendy McClure's immersion in the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Mar 29, 2012 — The lives of six Japanese-Americans unfold in The Buddha in the Attic, which debuts at No. 5.
Feb 28, 2012 — A disgraced literature professor in 1970s San Francisco listens in on a lesbian's therapy sessions in Ellen Ullman's psychologically labyrinthine and darkly irresistible new novel.
Feb 24, 2012 — Science fiction's job is to give us a map of where we're headed. From Jules Verne to William Gibson, sci-fi authors describe their visions of the future, and how people might live in it. We ask Intel's futurist for his list of favorite sci-fi books.
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.
Aug 27, 2011 — Victoria Jones is often sullen, silent and hostile, but she learns to communicate through flowers. Vanessa Diffenbaugh's debut novel tells the story of this woman, who struggles to overcome her troubled childhood spent in a series of foster homes.