Though revered now, Prince's iconic 1984 film and album succeeded against daunting odds. Music critic and journalist Alan Light provides the details in his new book, Let's Go Crazy.
Oscar Pistorius stunned the world when he ran on prosthetic legs in the 2012 Olympics, then shot his girlfriend dead months later. NPR's Scott Simon asks John Carlin about his new book on the athlete.
Anita Diamant — who also authored The Red Tent — tells the story of Addie Baum in her latest novel. Baum is a Jewish girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents in Boston's North End.
Ali Smith's new How To Be Both combines inventive structural trickery and warm, sardonic writing in in parallel tales of a bereaved modern teenager and an Italian renaissance fresco painter.
It rained in California this week. That might not sound like news, but the state is experiencing a record-setting drought. Jason Heller turns to science fiction to reflect on the strange weather.
The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.
Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recounts his life as both a civilian and a distinguished marksman in American Sniper. It appears at No. 12.
A mysterious package compels a reclusive bookstore owner to reconsider his approach to life in Gabrielle Zevin's The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. It appears at No. 13.
A two-year partnership in the bookseller's troubled e-reader has ended, as Barnes & Noble buys out Microsoft's share. Also: Upset brews in India over the president's exclusive deal with Amazon.
Debuting at No. 15, You Can't Make This Up details sportscaster Al Michaels' life and career.
The latest installment of James Patterson's Alex Cross series has detective Cross contending with a mad genius who has kidnapped his family. Hope to Die debuts at No. 10.
Rand wrote Ideal as a novel in 1934, but didn't like it and set it aside. Later, she reworked it as a play. The New American Library says Ideal will be published in the form in which Rand intended it.
Ron Rash's best short stories from the past 20 years take you to a land apart psychologically and geographically. His writing is powerful, stripped down and very still.
The 2014 Bad Sex in Fiction award has picked its winner: Okri's novel The Age of Magic, which not so subtly features a skyrocket in flight. Also: Raymond Chandler's lost comic opera is discovered.