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NPR's Scott Simon talks to Carolyn Chute about her new novel, Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves. The book follows a reporter as she investigates a remote commune and its charismatic leader.
Fortune India editor-at-large Hindol Sengupta's new book chronicles India's lurching progress away from a state-controlled economy to a more open system that encourages business and investment.
All 198 Alco Stores are shutting down, according to a story in the Wichita (Kan.) Eagle. Presumably, that includes the Fraser store. Company officials have not responded to repeated inquiries from the Sky-Hi News during the past three months. The Wichita Eagle reports: The beleaguered company that used to have its headquarters in Abilene filed for bankruptcy early last month. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas on Thursday approved an order from the company’s creditors to close all Alco stores. ... The company was founded 113 years ago and had evolved into a discount retailer that served smaller communities. But …
Provence, 1970 examines the early American modern food movement and its pioneers, including James Beard and Julia Child. It appears at No. 13.
A Michigan man sets out to prove that apparent phone calls from the beyond are actually a hoax in The First Phone Call From Heaven, appearing at No. 10.
George W. Bush details the life of his father, George H.W. Bush, in 41. It debuts at No. 2.
Debuting at No. 1, Stephen King's Revival centers on the disturbing relationship between a disgraced minister and a drug-addicted rock musician.
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President Obama announced an executive action on immigration this week. For an in-depth look at the issue, author Gustavo Arellano recommends two nonfiction collections about Mexican immigrants.
The author, who hosted the awards ceremony Wednesday night, apologized profusely for what he described as a racist comment.
How can thousand-page biographies continue to compete for the attention of readers?
Azar Nafisi uses three classic novels as a window on American society.
Two men are locked in a battle of wills in Stephen King’s novel of fanaticism and what might exist on the other side of life.
In Miriam Toews’s novel, a writer travels to a Winnipeg hospital to spend time with her sister, who has attempted suicide.
The terrorist killing of a Somali U.N. official brings strife to his family in Nuruddin Farah’s novel.
Ron Rash’s stories portray the Appalachian landscape in all its brutal, exquisite complexity.
A cultural history of passing examines individual stories and questions the meaning of racial identity.
Two audiobooks for young readers tell stories about the past.
In the tradition of “The Jungle,” a journalist investigates the hidden costs — animal, human, environmental — of cheap meat.
Twelve-year-old Charlie must confront his own fears to save his brother from the netherworld.