FICTION / Historical
Aug 28, 2014 — Some people of faith claim that the world is meaningless without belief in God or gods or an afterlife. Commentator Barbara J. King says the view of some atheists is mirrored in two recent novels.
Jul 4, 2014 — At No. 3, Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things follows a gifted botanist as she researches the mysteries of evolution and falls in love with an artist.
Jan 17, 2014 — Life After Life, Kate Atkinson's story about the many lives of Ursula Todd, appears at No. 1.
Dec 6, 2013 — At No. 12, M.L. Stedman confronts miscarriages and a failing marriage in The Light Between Oceans.
Oct 11, 2013 — At No. 2, Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things is a multigenerational family tale.
Oct 1, 2013 — The memoir Eat, Pray, Love turned author Elizabeth Gilbert into a phenomenon. Now, she turns again to fiction with The Signature of All Things, a novel that reviewer Lizzie Skurnick calls "one of the best of the year."
Sep 6, 2013 — In The Light Between Oceans, at No. 7, a lighthouse-dwelling couple confronts isolation and loss.
Aug 15, 2013 — Paul Yoon's new novel, Snow Hunters, follows a Korean War POW who starts a new life in Brazil. Yoon drew on his own family's experiences to write the book, and reviewer Alana Levinson says his "ruminations on the role of memory in shaping our identity speak perfectly to the experience of war."
May 17, 2013 — Bring Up The Bodies, Hilary Mantel's tale of Anne Boleyn, arrives on the paperback list at No. 9.
May 6, 2013 — In softcover fiction, Hilary Mantel imagines Anne Boleyn's downfall, Martin Amis satirizes England, Paul Theroux sends a narrator back to the village he volunteered in, and Peter Heller depicts a post-apocalyptic life. In nonfiction, Robert Caro continues his LBJ biography.