In which a bookstore dog has some reading recommendations for humans, someone poses the question, “what is it about boarding schools?,” Ms. Janis Owens thinks tomato gravy on seafood might be sacrilegious, and one book can really make a difference in a child’s life.
July 2, 2013
Among the plethora family announcements, pictures of family cats and friends’ gardens, reviews of books and recipes for cornbread, chili, or unlikely things made with bacon that made their way into her ladyship, the editor’s virtual mailbox this week was a link to an old literacy test used by the state of Louisiana back in 1964. It is, incidentally, a literacy test that her ladyship can’t pass. In fact, the only thing she wanted to do with the test was subject it to intensive scrutiny and commentary by way of her red pencil. She might have required two red pencils to adequately finish the job.
We are, thankfully, long past such strange tactics. But the link did underscore one thing to her ladyship--the vital importance of literacy for each and every person. Her ladyship was a girl who grew up surrounded by books, never in the want of something to read or someone to help her learn to read it. But many children are not so fortunate. Which is one reason that her ladyship, the editor recently signed up to be a donor in the One Book At a Time Literacy Project sponsored by Family-to-Family.org.
Based on research which shows that children who have access to books at home tend to do better in their education, “One Book at a Time” pairs people with children in need--people who will commit to sending a child a book for their very own every month.
Her ladyship is a testament to how much of a difference a book can make in a child’s life. It is the sort of experience she is grateful to be able to pass on to others. Plus, she loves sending books to people--especially books that she loves. Which is why her sponsored child, a little boy named Jamal, will be receiving a package with a copy of Pete the Cat in a few days.
And if you need some inspiration on what books you should send your sponsored child, there are many southern Indie Bookstores who have created special pages with suggested book lists for the program on their websites:
(Please note: Your donation of books or other items sent to a specific child/person does not qualify as a tax deductible expense.)
You can also let those stores know about any organizations that help children in poverty and might benefit from the One Book at a Time program. Any program where children in need meet regularly might be eligible.
The hardest part of participating? Trying to pick out only ONE book to send!
her ladyship, the editor
Lady Banks' Commonplace Book
Noteworthy poetry and prose from her ladyship's bedside reading stack.
The Wives They had endured years of waking up alone, making their kids breakfast, taking them to school and picking them up, fixing dinner and kissing them good night, promising that Daddy was thinking of them all the time. There had been lonely nights when they fell asleep wondering how they were going to get by on their husbands’ measly pay for another month. During tours of duty in World War II or Korea or both, their husbands had nearly become mirages. Navy deployments had taken their men away on six to nine month cruises to the far corners of the Earth. They’d each wait for half a year imagining their man, trying not to forget what he looked like, only to have him come home hungry and tired. They’d miss him even before he left.
Things were no easier in peacetime when he was back home on base serving as a test pilot. There were times when squadrons would lose as many as two men in a week. The wives couldn’t do a thing about it but pray for their prowess over the 5 a.m. skillet, hoping they’d cooked their husbands a good breakfast of steak and eggs before they left to go fly, so they’d be alert up in the air. They went to friends’ funerals, sang the Navy hymn, and wore white gloves and held a handkerchief to catch the tears. They’d become conditioned to living with the daily fear that their men might not be back for dinner, or ever
--Lily Koppel, The Astronaut Wives Club (Grand Central Publishing, 2013) 9781455503254
The books lying open on her ladyship's kitchen counter.
Janis Owen’s Tomato Gravy
“Tomato Gravy is my hands-down favorite gravy on earth and around our house is eaten on hot biscuits. It isn’t as popular as cream-based sawmill gravy, but it’s beloved along the rim of the Gulf Coast, especially in west Florida and Louisiana, because a thousand tomatoes grow per bush and you can preserve every one of them, which gives you year-round tomatoes. We always ate this at breakfast, but I’ve heard of north Alabama Crackers eating it on roast and seafood, which seems a little sacrilegious to me, but to each his own. But do try it for breakfast on biscuits. You can’t really call yourself a Cracker until you do.”
2 tablespoons bacon or sausage drippings 2 tablespoons plain flour one 16-ounce can stewed tomatoes, undrained 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 3/4 cups whole milk.
1. Put the bacon drippings in a a cast-iron skillet and heat over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. 2. Sprinkle the flour on the hot fat and turn the heat down to medium. Cook for about 1 minute, till the roux is light brown, stirring to make sure it doesn’t burn. 3. Pour in the stewed tomatoes with the juice from the can. They will steam and crackle and send up a most pleasing cloud of gravy vapor. 4. Stir in the salt, pepper, and milk and cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes. 5. Eat on top of split biscuits.
Raisins and currants Fat, which is enjoyed by thrushes and wrens Cooked, unsalted rice Grated mild cheddar cheese, a treat for robins, blackbirds, wrens and song thrushes Dry oats Cold plain potatoes in all forms except chips Pieces of apple and pear, even if they have started to get old, which will go down well with thrushes and starlings Pastry, cooked or uncooked Peanuts sold for the express purpose of feeding to birds
What NOT to feed your garden birds
Cheap peanuts (they may contain a harmful toxin that can prove fatal to some birds) Dried coconut (it can swell in the stomach and kill some birds) Spicy or salty food Salted nuts, bacon, crisps or snacks Margarine or vegetable oils Food with mold on it Chocolate
--Niall Edworthy, The Curious Gardener’s Almanac (Perigree, 2006) 9780399533778
Literary News & Gossip passed along from the readers, the writers, the reviewers, the resellers, the riff raff, and dutifully repeated here by her ladyship (who falls into the last category).
Botanists anywhere in the world can gain a more complete picture of the ecological history of the Carolinas and Georgia thanks to a project undertaken by a team of Clemson University and Furman University researchers. The project called Botanica Caroliniana makes original plant specimens collected in the Carolinas centuries ago by seminal naturalists including Mark Catesby, John and William Bartram, John Lawson and others available through an online database of high-resolution images. Botanica Caroliniana
What is it about boarding schools? Readers and moviegoers can’t get enough of these homes away from home, where adolescents struggle and thrive, far from the peering eyes of parents. There’s something lawless and otherworldly about boarding schools – even when they aren’t called Hogwarts and populated by underage wizards. Boarding schools beget secrets and special alliances. On boarding schools and riding camps
Congressman John Lewis will deliver the keynote address at the 2013 AJC Decatur Book Festival over Labor Day weekend. Lewis will kick off the eighth annual event Friday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory University. Lewis will discuss his recently released graphic novel, March: Book One, the first in a trilogy that aims to engage the next generation of readers to keep the lessons of the civil rights movement alive. Decatur Book festival announced 2013 authors
Precocious teens misbehave — the favored and the rich bully the less popular students, and escape unscathed. Love is neither fulfilling nor comforting; rather, it’s disappointing and suspect or inappropriate or detrimental. Lonely people just get lonelier. There’s not much hope. The Next Time You See Me 9781451683363
Joseph Bathanti, North Carolina’s Poet Laureate and a creative writing professor at Appalachian State University, will deliver the Belk Distinguished Lecture Thursday, July 11, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons on campus. The public is invited. Joseph Bathanti 9781935708810
From early childhood I loved to write, paint and draw. And when, at the age of fourteen, I sold my first painting, I set my sights on a career in art, which ultimately segued into interior design. But after I nearly died of septicemia, I spent several years reevaluating my life and career goals. Eventually I decided to take a blind leap of faith, sell my interior design business, and go after my dream of writing a novel. Beth Hoffman interview
While I was growing up, my grandmother puzzled me. She wasn’t always very “grandmotherly” and seemed unhappy a large part of the time. Long after she died, my father shared with me that she had fallen in love with a black man when she was a young woman in Northern Kentucky, and that she wasn’t allowed to be with him. Julie Kibler interview 9781250014528
A highly publicized racism scandal has already cost Deen a lucrative contract with the Food Network and may also cost the Southern cooking icon her deal with shopping network QVC. Whether fans can stomach the latest news and continue to purchase Deen’s 14 cookbooks remains to be seen. How are Paula Deen’s cookbooks faring?
STARS Authors on tour:
What are "STARS" authors? These are authors listing in the Southern Traveling Authors Registration Service--a directory of authors who live in, or are traveling in the South and are interested in meeting with book clubs, civic groups, classrooms, and readers of all kinds. The STARS directory is brought to you by Southern Indie Booksellers, who want to connect readers with their favorite writers.
From Yola the Bookstore Dog: The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods “Thanks to Brian Hare, dog researcher and evolutionary anthropologist, people are starting to realize what we dogs have known all along. A great gift for the humans in your life!” 9780142180464
In business for 27 years, 15 of which have been in their current location in the heart of Seaside, the Whites have sustained business even though competitors, Books A Million and Barnes & Noble, are not too far away. Even with the rise of Amazon and e-books, Sundog Books is doing better than ever. Sundog Books
What is the strangest question you’ve been asked in the store? A customer, after paying, saw one of our booksellers, Heidi, shelving at the second bay. He walked over to her and said “Excuse me, young lady, but I wanted to tell you you have the blessed face of the Madonna.” Parnassus Books
Waldo will be hiding out in Camden-area businesses this July. And those who track him down could win prizes. But the real winners will be the businesses themselves. Books on Broad proprietor Laurie Slade Funderburk cooked up the idea for hosting a “Where’s Waldo?” event to stoke spending at local shops during a typically dry summer period. Where’s Waldo in Camden, SC?
"New York Times" bestselling author Karen White delivers a novel of two generations of sisters and secrets set in the stunning South Carolina Lowcountry.
Eleanor Murray will always remember her childhood on Edisto Island, where her late father, a local shrimper, shared her passion for music. Now her memories of him are all that tempers the guilt she feels over the accident that put her sister in a wheelchair--and the feelings she harbors for her sister's husband.
To help support her sister, Eleanor works at a Charleston investment firm during the day, but she escapes into her music, playing piano at a neighborhood bar. Until the night her enigmatic boss walks in and offers her a part-time job caring for his elderly aunt, Helena, back on Edisto. For Eleanor, it's a chance to revisit the place where she was her happiest--and to share her love of music with grieving Helena, whose sister recently died under mysterious circumstances.
An island lush with sweetgrass and salt marshes, Edisto has been a peaceful refuge for Helena, who escaped with her sister from war-torn Hungary in 1944. The sisters were well-known on the island, where they volunteered in their church and community. But now Eleanor will finally learn the truth about their past: secrets that will help heal her relationship with her own sister--and set Eleanor free....
Recommended Reading from Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC
Sally is crazy about Kevin Kwan's debut novel Crazy Rich Asians. She plowed through this 400-page novel in a single day this past weekend--she literally couldn't put it down. She knew she was in for a fun read when she discovered the hilariously annotated (and complicated) family tree at the beginning. Crazy Rich Asians is the story of several wealthy Chinese families who are thrown into disarray when the young heir of one of the richest families brings home his girlfriend, whom the relatives deride as ABC (American-Born Chinese). It's a sharp, extremely funny novel of manners that updates Jane Austen into a new century and a different country. You'll be hearing a lot about this novel this summer. 9780385536974
Two other Sally favorites, in her own words:
First, Me Before You by JoJo Moyes, which will be available in paperback at the end of July: "Grabbed my full attention immediately and never let it go. I went everywhere with this book in hand as I had to find out what happened. And all I can say is WOW! Warning: You will cry and it won't be pretty but you will finish this book and give it to your best friend." 9780670026609
And Jewelweed by David Rhodes: "When I finished this book all I wanted to do is read it again. A beautifully written book that centers around the nuances of everyday life in a small town in Wisconsin. I still think about every character in this book as if they were part of my family." 9781571311009
My favorite summer read is actually one I read an early galley of last fall, NOS4A2 by Joe Hill, who, on his driver's license, is called Joe Hill King, since he is the son of Stephen King. Mr. Hill did two previous interesting but flawed horror novels, Heart Shaped Box and Horns, as well as a superb story collection, 20th Century Ghosts. In his previous works, he's clearly struggled with the legacy of his famous father; at times, he seemed to be trying too hard to write horror that wasn't like his dad's. But with NOS4A2 (the title is a pun that any horror nerd will get), he's gone ahead and embraced his own version of Stephen King's style, and has knocked it out of the park. Damaged young woman Vic McQueen barely escapes from the evil Charlie Manx when she's 17; later, Manx kidnaps her son, and the chase is on. You may never look at Christmas the same way again, but it's an incredibly entertaining read. 9780062200570
Three from Sherri:
My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood by Tameka Fryer Brown, illustrated by Shane W. Evans, ages 3-7. A rhythmic picture book by a Charlotte author, My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood uses the spectrum of colors to describe all the moods kids experience. Red for in a hurry, yellow for lively, and black for angry are just a few examples from this beautifully illustrated story on healthy ways to express our emotions. With a great cadence, readers bop their way through Jamie's day, whether they read the book to themselves or aloud with family and friends! 9780670012855
The Girl from Felony Bay by J. E. Thompson, illustrated by Brett Helquist, ages 8-12: Nothing is going right for twelve-year-old Abbey Force. Her father has been framed from a crime he didn't commit, but it's up Abbey to defend him while he is in a coma. Her home, Reward Plantation, had to be sold off to pay the bills, and she has to live with her less-than-sober Uncle Charlie. Hope comes in the form of a new friend, Bee, who is just as mischievous as Abbey - together they uncover a mystery that dates back to the Civil War, and might be related to her dad's alleged crime. A debut novel by a South Carolinian, The Girl from Felony Bay invokes the spirit of the Low Country. Scout Finch would be proud! 9780062104465
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, ages 13-18: Earth has been decimated by an alien attack - electronics no longer work, the oceans have risen, a plague has killed over half of the world's population, and now the aliens walk among the survivors, killing at random. Sixteen-year-old Cassie has managed to survive thus far by trusting no one until she meets Evan Walker, another loner who seems a little too good to be true. Ben - one of Cassie's high school friends - trains with the military, preparing for the 5th wave of the attack, whatever that may be. For fans of Ender's Game and The Hunger Games, The 5th Wave is a fast-paced thriller with something for everyone. 9780399162411
Finally, two from Rachel:
The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates: An intricate tale of Princeton in the early 1900s, The Accursed was a haunting read, with the right balance of narrative & creativity of form. It may be a commitment at 666 pages, but Oates rewards you with every page! 9780062231703
The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway: There's nothing more satisfying than well-executed time-travel, and The River of no Return is that plus more. The recipe: part thriller, part historical occult, with just a dash of romance. I found myself swept up in all the characters and didn't want to say goodbye! 9780525953869
Author 2 Author: Susan Reinhardt talks to Elaine Neil Orr
I absolutely fell in love not just with Elaine Neil Orr’s lyrical lovely prose and story in A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa,” but with her sweet personality and kindness. A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa, is her newest book. The novel follows an antebellum couple from the state of Georgia to West Africa where they are missionaries. What readers have found riveting about the story is its mystery: how the young Emma begins to piece together her past life as a daughter of a slave owner and her own redemption through immersion in African culture.
For the earnest, headstrong daughter of a prosperous slave owner, living among the Yoruba people is utterly unlike Emma’s sheltered childhood—as is her new husband, Henry Bowman. Twenty years her senior, the mercurial Henry is the object of Emma’s mad first love, intensifying the sensations of all they see and share together.
Lee Smith has called A Different Sun “as lyrical and passionate a novel as has ever been written. ...[it] shines in the mind like a rare gem.” And Wayne Caldwell, author of Cataloochee and Requiem by Fire said Elaine’s new novel is “An important book, one which unflinchingly explores tensions between Christianity and African religions, slavery and freedom, madness and love.”
Elaine, herself, is a rare gem—she has an easy-going way about her, a nice Southern, but educated accent, and is quick-witted and funny. How often do I get to interview someone who has hit it big, which in my world means being a SIBA Book Award nominee and getting your books in airport gift shops and indie bookstores all over the country?
Susan: What was your childhood like and growing up in Nigeria during a civil war? Were you ever in danger or frightened?
Elaine: My childhood in Nigeria was glorious. The natural world was my playground. Nigerians were my first family, along with my immediate family, and my mission family. I was not frightened for myself during the war, which tells you how distinctly American I was, though I didn’t understand at the time. The war was heart-breaking. I could feel the human tragedy in the air, as if the earth itself was mourning.
Susan: In your wonderfully written and highly-praised first novel, Emma Davis decides to become a missionary. From what inspiration and/or real-life people did this delightful and headstrong character emerge?
Elaine: I was inspired by the actual diary of the first female missionary to what is now Nigeria and by my own mother, who, along with my father, was a medical missionary to Nigeria, where I was born. But the character is doubtless driven in part by my own desire. I think we are always writing out of our desire.
Susan: This is your first novel, though your nonfiction has received major awards and accolades. Why did you decide to do a novel?
Elaine: At first I imagined a sort of conglomeration of biography, memoir, and fiction around the writer of the diary. But then as I wrote, I saw that there was so much I needed to imagine in order to bring the character to life. And I wanted to bring her to life. So I just decided to write a novel even though I had never written a sentence of fiction. And I told my friend, Sena Naslund (author of Ahab’s Wife), I was writing it, and she kept calling to ask how the novel was coming. So then it was a novel because she believed it was.
Susan: How does the special gift of a writing “box” help Emma discover herself and her purpose?
Elaine: Emma’s husband, Henry, gives her the writing box in the novel but I gave it to Emma too. The historical diary was red leather and I considered how the young missionary must have had something to hold it: the diary and her pen and ink and her paper. And being a well-to-do young woman from Georgia, she would likely have a writing box. So I invented it. Then I took a research trip to Georgia and met a distant relative of the historical woman and she had her writing box—from the 19th century, still full of her daughter’s letters! I think creating the writing box helped me discover Emma!
Susan: Since the novel is set during slave days, how much research goes into a project of this magnitude and how much is based on your real-life experiences?
Elaine: The research was demanding. The novel reaches as far back as the early 19th century. I didn’t know if paper was regularly available, what underwear was called, whether there were trains, much less what might actually have constituted day-to-day life for an enslaved person. I depended on literature I had already read, such as Frederick Douglass’s “Narrative” of his own life. I hardly knew which American states had been settled or what the Baptist church was like. Then there was the history of West Africa, not just encounters with Europeans and Americans, but encounters among African kingdoms, cultural mores and practices of the period. Somewhere I ran across the Yoruba practice of a woman governor or Iyalode, so I created such a woman who becomes a significant person in Emma’s life. I learned again that when you are researching and doing your work, showing up to write, miracles begin to occur, you begin to discover what you need, the research feeds the writing.
Susan: Your writing is lyrical, poetic and powerful. Did you study serious authors, the classic American greats, or do you read current literature? What other types of books interest you?
Elaine: My paid job is being a literature professor at N.C. State, so yes: I have spent my life reading great writers, some old, some new. Some who influenced this novel are Henry James, William Faulkner, Virginia Woolf, Michael Ondaatje, Toni Morrison, Ben Okri, Charles Frazier.
Susan: What message do you want most readers to take from A Different Sun? and do you think it will be made into a movie?
Elaine: Wouldn’t it be grand if this novel was put into the right producer’s hand. I could travel to Nigeria fot the film! Some readers have told me the novel is cinematic. I can’t say. I’m sure any producer would put in lots more big animals. My primary goal was to show what American looks like from a position in Africa; how Africa revises U.S. American assumptions about almost everything, from gender roles to religious understanding to preconceptions of “civilization.” African civilizations might have been more advanced than the U.S. American civilization that was supposedly “saving” Africa.
Susan: What would your fans be most surprised to know about you? Such as, “Do you have a “silly side” or a “funny little quirk?”
Elaine: It’s not very convincing to say “I’m a funny person” but I am—except only when I’m teaching or performing. In daily life among friends, I’m generally quiet and sometimes awkward. Growing up in Nigeria, I have never been adept at knowing or understanding American popular culture or even American culture generally. I feel out of place in a group of more than four people, maybe three, like the step-daughter. This comes, I think, from having a second self, my Nigerian self, that doesn’t “show” in skin color or “sound” in an accent. I look as if I’m a white woman who grew up in the South. And I am, in a way, only I’m a white woman whose parents were Southerners and I grew up in the Nigerian South. It’s actually a little too well known already that I spend way too much time on my hair. But maybe I can claim some Nigerian inheritance there, since hair is extremely significant for Nigerian women.
Susan: With your schedule and how do you find the time to write?
Elaine: Summer is absolutely critical. Without summers, there would be no books. I can keep writing during the year, but smaller projects, a short essay or a short story, not a novel. Though I’m going to try to begin writing every day in the morning, even if it’s only an hour. If I write five days a week for two hours, I can get a lot of writing out. I want to write more and more and I have this idea that if I keep writing, I’ll never die. I’ll always have a book still to finish.
1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane Neil Gaiman, Morrow, $25.99, 9780062255655 2. Inferno Dan Brown, Doubleday, $29.95, 9780385537858 3. And the Mountains Echoed Khaled Hosseini, Riverhead, $28.95, 9781594631764 4. Bad Monkey Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307272591 5. The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls Anton DiSclafani, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594486401 6. The Last Original Wife Dorothea Benton Frank, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062132468 7. The Silver Star Jeannette Walls, Scribner, $26, 9781451661507 8. The Son Philipp Meyer, Ecco, $27.99, 9780062120397 9. Gone Girl Gillian Flynn, Crown, $25, 9780307588364 10. Ladies' Night Mary Kay Andrews, St. Martin's, $26.99, 9781250019677 11. The Time Between Karen White, NAL, $25.95, 9780451239860 12. The Bookman's Tale Charlie Lovett, Viking, $27.95, 9780670026470 13. TransAtlantic Colum McCann, Random House, $27, 9781400069590 14. A Delicate Truth John le Carre, Viking, $28.95, 9780670014897 15. The Heist Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg, Bantam, $28, 9780345543042
1. Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls David Sedaris, Little Brown, $27, 9780316154697 2. The Boys in the Boat Daniel James Brown, Viking, $28.95, 9780670025817 3. The Unwinding George Packer, FSG, $27, 9780374102418 4. I Could Pee on This Francesco Marciuliano, Chronicle, $12.95, 9781452110585 5. Eleven Rings Phil Jackson, Hugh Delehanty, Penguin Press, $27.95, 9781594205118 6. The Guns at Last Light Rick Atkinson, Holt, $40, 9780805062908 7. Lean In Sheryl Sandberg, Knopf, $24.95, 9780385349949 8. Happy, Happy, Happy Phil Robertson, Howard Books, $24.99, 9781476726090 9. Papadaddy's Book for New Fathers Clyde Edgerton, Daniel Wallace (Illus.), Little Brown, $25, 9780316056922 10. Dad Is Fat Jim Gaffigan, Crown Archetype, $25, 9780385349055 11. Cooked Michael Pollan, Penguin Press, $27.95, 9781594204210 12. American Gun Chris Kyle, Morrow, $29.99, 9780062242716 13. The Astronaut Wives Club Lily Koppel, Grand Central, $28, 9781455503254 14. But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria! Julia Reed, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9781250019042 15. It's All Good Gwyneth Paltrow, Grand Central, $32, 9781455522712
TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION
1. Joyland Stephen King, Hard Case Crime, $12.95, 9781781162644 2. Flight Behavior Barbara Kingsolver, Harper Perennial, $16.99, 9780062124272 3. The Great Gatsby F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9781451689433 4. World War Z Max Brooks, Broadway, $14.95, 9780770437411 5. Beautiful Ruins Jess Walter, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780061928178 6. The Art Forger B.A. Shapiro, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616203160 7. The Light Between Oceans M.L. Stedman, Scribner, $16, 9781451681758 8. Where'd You Go, Bernadette Maria Semple, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316204262 9. A Hologram for the King Dave Eggers, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307947512 10. The Paris Wife Paula McLain, Ballantine, $15, 9780345521316 11. Entwined With You Sylvia Day, Berkley, $15, 9780425263921 12. City of Women David R. Gillham, Berkley, $16, 9780425252963 13. Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury, S&S, $13.99, 9781451673319 14. The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern, Anchor, $15, 9780307744432 15. The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini, Riverhead, $16, 9781594631931
TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION
1. Proof of Heaven Eben Alexander, M.D., S&S, $15.99, 9781451695199 2. Wild Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307476074 3. The End of Your Life Book Club Will Schwalbe, Vintage, $15, 9780307739780 4. Let's Pretend This Never Happened Jenny Lawson, Berkley, $16, 9780425261019 5. Quiet Susan Cain, Broadway, $16, 9780307352156 6. The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls, Scribner, $16, 9780743247542 7. Into the Wild Jon Krakauer, Anchor, $14.95, 9780307387172 8. How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You Matthew Inman, Andrews McMeel, $14.99, 9781449410247 9. Double Cross Ben Macintyre, Broadway, $15, 9780307888778 10. How to Read Literature Like a Professor Thomas C. Foster, Harper, $15.99, 9780060009427 11. The Devil in the White City Erik Larson, Vintage, $16, 9780375725609 12. Gift From the Sea Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Pantheon, $9.95, 9780679732419 13. This Is How Augusten Burroughs, Picador USA, $15, 9781250032102 14. In the Garden of Beasts Erik Larson, Broadway, $16, 9780307408853 15. The Black Count Tom Reiss, Broadway, $16, 9780307382474
1. A Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716 2. 1984 George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935 3. A Clash of Kings George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345535429 4. Ender's Game Orson Scott Card, Tor, $6.99, 9780812550702 5. A Storm of Swords George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345543981 6. To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee, Warner, $7.99, 9780446310789 7. The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien, Del Rey, $8.99, 9780345534835 8. A Wanted Man Lee Child, Dell, $9.99, 9780440246312 9. Animal Farm George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451526342 10. A Feast for Crows George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553582024
1. Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617 2. Steam Train, Dream Train Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld (Illus.), Chronicle, $16.99, 9781452109206 3. Fancy Nancy: Fanciest Doll in the Universe Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $17.99, 9780061703843 4. This Is Not My Hat Jon Klassen, Candlewick, $15.99, 9780763655990 5. Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak, Harper, $18.95, 9780060254926 6. Octopus Alone Divya Srinivasan, Viking, $16.99, 9780670785155 7. Oh, the Places You'll Go! Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274 8. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061906220 9. Good Night North Carolina Adam Gamble, Anne Rosen (Illus.), Our World of Books, $9.95, 9781602190337 10. Pat the Bunny Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007
1. The Fault in Our Stars John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812 2. Wonder R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $15.99, 9780375869020 3. The Book Thief Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207 4. Looking for Alaska John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142402511 5. The Moon and More Sarah Dessen, Viking, $19.99, 9780670785605 6. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031 7. The 5th Wave Rick Yancey, Putnam, $18.99, 9780399162411 8. Chomp Carl Hiaasen, Ember, $8.99, 9780375868276 9. The One and Only Ivan Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061992254 10. Who Could That Be at This Hour? Lemony Snicket, Little Brown, $15.99, 9780316123082
CHILDREN'S FICTION SERIES TITLES
1. Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach (My First I Can Read Series) James Dean, Harper, $3.99, 9780062110725 2. Divergent Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062024039 3. Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545586177 4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427 5. The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117 6. Theodore Boone: The Activist John Grisham, Dutton, $16.99, 9780525425779 7. Tales From a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker (Dork Diaries, #6) Rachel Renee Russell, Aladdin, $13.99, 9781442449633 8. The Maze Runner James Dashner, Delacorte, $9.99, 9780385737951 9. Insurgent (Divergent Series, #2) Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062024046 10. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947