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A new biography of Stokely Carmichael traces his evolution from civil rights activist to an early proponent of the black power movement and international human rights advocate.
Also: Ukrainian poet Serhiy Zhadan injured; Adam Johnson on imagining North Korea; the best books coming out this week.
Things are not what they seem in Helen Oyeyemi's new novel, set in 1950s New England. The book places Snow White in a particular historical context, exploring beauty, envy and identity.
The military is a huge bureaucracy with many redundancies. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with University of Kentucky's Robert Farley, who argues that we need air power, but not a separate Air Force.
Therese Walsh knows Colleen McCullough's famous novel — which contains not just sex, but sex with a priest -- might not be "appropriate" for teens. But, she says, it's the perfect sort of dangerous.
Dinaw Mengestu is known for writing about the immigrant experience, but his latest novel takes a slightly different tack: It's about love born out of loneliness and need, and complicated by war.
In 1998, the novelist befriended a rich, eccentric, art-loving Rockefeller — or so he thought. Kirn explores the man's lies in Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade.
In his new book, Ezekiel Emanuel explains How the Affordable Care Act Will Improve Our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System.
Nicole Mones' new novel tells the story of African-American musicians who found respect and appreciation in Shanghai's nightclubs, even as the city descended into Japanese occupation and war.
Anthony Marra recommends Everything Flows by Vasily Grossman as a way to understand the events unfolding in Ukraine.
Stokely Carmichel popularized one of the best known and most polarizing phrases of the civil rights era: "black power." Historian Peniel Joseph shares his new book Stokely: A Life.
Piper Kerman's TV tie-in prison memoir, Orange is the New Black, has hit half a year on the list.
Nora's life is changed by a new student's family in The Woman Upstairs, by Claire Messud, at No. 14.
In The Future of the Mind, Michio Kaku surveys current science of the human mind. It debuts at No. 3.
Debuting at No. 3, Lorrie Moore's Bark is a collection of eight short stories.
The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.
Also: The longlist is announced for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction; Anna Holmes on Scout Finch and Harriet the Spy; Teju Cole on reading.
With the release of her fifth novel, Boy, Snow, Bird, Helen Oyeyemi is growing out of the literary wunderkind label and into something richer and stranger. Annalisa Quinn has a profile.
Goodnight Songs is a compilation of formerly unpublished lullabies and poems by the author of Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown. Linda Wertheimer talks to Amy Gary, who discovered the new material.
Also: finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction announced; testing the Hemingway App; warfare and rocket cats.