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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.
The British author wrote crime novels for 50 years, many featuring Chief Inspector "Reg" Wexford. Rendell died May 2. Originally broadcast in 1989 and 2005.
The British novelist set shocking crimes in mundane settings — always adding a dash of social criticism. Critic Maureen Corrigan says she is forever giving Rendell's books to friends.