Mar 7, 2014 — When Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie moved from Nigeria to the U.S., she was suddenly confronted with what it meant to be a person of color in America. Her novel explores race in contemporary America.
Mar 7, 2014 — Nora's life is changed by a new student's family in The Woman Upstairs, by Claire Messud, at No. 14.
Feb 28, 2014 — A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, which takes place in war-torn Chechnya, appears at No. 11.
Feb 28, 2014 — In The Testament of Mary, Colm Toibin imagines Mary's life 20 years after her son's crucifixion, what she might have done to ease her son's suffering. (Originally broadcast on Nov. 28, 2012.)
Feb 18, 2014 — Meg Wolitzer's novel is about lifelong friendship tinged with jealousy. It begins at a summer camp in 1974 and follows a group of friends through middle age. Wolitzer says her teen years were a rehearsal for her adult life and that today she is "different" but "in the same shell."
Feb 14, 2014 — The Son, by Phillipp Meyer, tells the epic tale of the McCullough family. It appears at No. 12.
Feb 7, 2014 — Emily Bazelon recommends a memoir about facing the danger and squalor of addiction and eventually overcoming it, while Abigail Deutsch ponders the love story at the heart of Edward St. Aubyn's novel Bad News: The one between a man and his drugs.
Feb 7, 2014 — At No. 13, Maeve Binchy's A Week in Winter brings together the guests at an Irish holiday resort.
Feb 5, 2014 — The Beat Generation icon was a magnet for artists, musicians and wannabe hipsters. In a 1985 interview, the author credited his most groundbreaking work to the fallout from his wife's accidental death at his own hands, saying, "It was an event that ... made me into a writer." Burroughs died in 1997.
Feb 4, 2014 — In softcover fiction, Colm Toibin imagines Mary's life after Jesus' crucifixion, Anthony Marra chronicles a child's fate in war-torn Chechnya and Jamaica Kincaid meditates on the unraveling of a marriage. In softcover nonfiction, Lesley Hazelton brings Islam's chief prophet to life and James Lasdun recounts being stalked on- and offline.