FICTION / Contemporary Women
Feb 7, 2014 — At No. 13, Maeve Binchy's A Week in Winter brings together the guests at an Irish holiday resort.
Dec 20, 2013 — The Aviator's Wife, at No. 12, is Melanie Benjamin's retelling of the life of Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
Nov 22, 2013 — At No. 12, The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon is Alexander McCall Smith's 14th Botswana-set mystery.
Oct 29, 2013 — Rebecca Walker's debut novel, Adé: A Love Story, is a whirlwind tale of romance and tragedy in Kenya. A biracial American college student falls in love with a Kenyan man, but their relationship is complicated by illness and government brutality. Reviewer Richard Torres says Walker rushes the romance and skimps on character development.
Sep 14, 2013 — Terry McMillan, the best-selling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back, tells NPR's Scott Simon that she writes because she wishes she were a magician. She shows off her tricks in Who Asked You?, a novel with many narrators — including a woman named BJ and her husband, children and grandkids.
Jun 21, 2013 — Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver's rural tale of personal awakening, climbs to No. 1.
Jun 3, 2013 — In softcover fiction, Barbara Kingsolver explores climate change, Jami Attenberg depicts an eating disorder, Dave Eggers sends a businessman to Saudi Arabia, and Vaddey Ratner fictionalizes life under the Khmer Rouge. In nonfiction, Jeffrey Toobin examines the Supreme Court and President Obama.
Apr 20, 2013 — More and more writers are setting their novels and short stories in worlds, not unlike our own, where the Earth's systems are noticeably off-kilter. The genre has come to be called climate fiction — "cli-fi," for short.
Feb 11, 2013 — In fiction, Christine Sneed's short stories about the perils of love, Peter Carey's tale of a mechanical bird, and Nell Freudenberger's portrait of a trans-Atlantic marriage arrive in paperback. In softcover nonfiction, Tom Holland charts the rise of Islam.
Nov 16, 2012 — Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior takes a stand on climate change. It debuts at No. 1.