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Cheryl Strayed and Pankaj Mishra discuss whether we view domestic themes in fiction differently, depending on whether the author is a woman or a man.
Naomi Novik leaves behind the Napoleonic War setting of her previous books for a new stand-alone tale of a village girl, taken by a mysterious magician, who learns she's more than a match for him.
Nora Pouillon writes about her lifelong devotion to food in a new memoir, My Organic Life. Her restaurant has been a fixture in the Washington, D.C., food scene since 1979.
"You can learn so much from [Jerry Garcia]. Doesn't matter what instrument you play," the Grateful Dead drummer says. He has a new memoir out called Deal.
A new book tells the story of Bobby Fuller, who was best-known for the song "I Fought the Law." He was a talented guitarist and producer who moved from El Paso, Texas, to LA. He was on the verge of his big break when his body was found in his car doused in gasoline. The Los Angeles police ruled it an accidental death.
Astronomer Chris Impey discusses the future of space travel, sex in space and the connection between science and Buddhism. Impey is the author of Beyond: Our Future in Space.
In this memoir, Oliver Sacks abandons the restraint that characterized his earlier accounts and reveals his vulnerabilities.
The author famous for the cult classic House of Leaves is writing a novel about a little girl who finds a kitten. The book is planned to be epic — 27 volumes total. Volume 1 is more than 800 pages.
In Oklahoma, tornadoes are just a fact of life — but sometimes a truly awful one comes along. In The Mercy of the Sky, Holly Bailey chronicles the deadly tornado that struck Moore, Okla., in 2013.
De-extinction technology could soon bring back lost species — or preserve endangered ones. In her new book, evolutionary biologist Beth Shapiro explores the scientific and ethical challenges.
Orson Welles' radio hoax famously convinced America that Martians had landed in New Jersey, right? A. Brad Schwartz's new Broadcast Hysteria argues that panic may have been blown out of proportion.
It once took Matthew Diffee years of trying — and a push from his mom — to get one beloved cartoon in the magazine. Diffee's new collection is called Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People.
At No. 7, Tom Robbins applies his signature verbal gusto to his own life story in Tibetan Peach Pie.
A judge is called upon to decide the fate of a sick teenager in Ian McEwan's The Children Act, which appears at No. 9.
Neurologist Oliver Sacks looks back on his life and career in On the Move, which debuts at No. 7.
Early Warning, the second book in Jane Smiley's Last Hundred Years trilogy, continues her tale of an Iowa farming family. It debuts at No. 10.
The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.