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Sonia Manzano has spent 44 years as one of the lucky residents of Sesame Street. In her memoir she describes how she sought comfort in TV during her own difficult childhood in the South Bronx.
David Vine's new book argues that the hundreds of U.S. bases in other countries come at a high cost, both at home and abroad. He suggests reducing such bases and increasing diplomatic engagement.
At science fiction's Hugo Awards, voters largely rejected a slate of nominees pushed by a group called the Sad Puppies. In an unusual end to the controversy, a few categories didn't even get a winner.
Alice Callahan uses her background in nutritional biology and fetal physiology to help new parents tell fact from fiction in her new book The Science of Mom. She gives tips to NPR's Rachel Martin.
Ottessa Moshfegh's new novel follows a defiantly, triumphantly off-putting young woman who dreams of escaping her grim New England existence. Critic Jean Zimmerman calls it "pleasingly perverse."
As Indians struggled to break free of Britain, more than 2 million signed up to fight with the Allies, the largest volunteer force in the world. Raghu Karnad unearths the story in The Farthest Field.
The Hugo Awards celebrate the best in science fiction and fantasy, but this year they're fraught with controversy after a self-identified conservative coalition organized to dominate the nominations.
Psychologist Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin designed his best-selling (and self-published) story The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep to help kids doze off. We visited a local naptime to see if it works.
His new novel, The Meursault Investigation, reworks Albert Camus' The Stranger from the point of view of the murdered Arab's brother. He says Camus' vision of the absurd gave him back his dignity
The northern half of Colorado is under a smoke health advisory that is expected to last at least through Saturday morning due to large wildfires burning across much of the Northwest.The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued the advisory at 8 a.m. Friday, warning that much of the northern half of the state, including Garfield County, could be unhealthy for sensitive groups because of the amount of fine particulates in the air.Sensitive groups include the very young and elderly, as well as individuals with heart disease or respiratory illnesses. The state agency warned that smoke reaches unhealthy levels …
In Black Mass, Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill recount James "Whitey" Bulger's rise to the top of Boston's drug trade while he was also informing for the FBI. It appears at No. 13.
In Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty follows the fallout of a riot at a school trivia night that leaves someone dead. It appears at No. 10.
Rinker Buck's The Oregon Trail recounts the author's old-fashioned journey down the historic route. It appears at No. 9.
A rich girl with a congenital heart defect and an underprivileged boy with athletic talents meet periodically over the course of 30 years in Jennifer Weiner's Who Do You Love. It debuts at No. 13.
The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.