Raymond Gunt is profane, rude, heartless and truly the Worst. Person. Ever. Author Douglas Coupland says he's not exactly sure how the character, with no redeeming qualities, came into his mind.
Lisa Robinson knows how to talk — and how to make others, especially musicians, want to talk. The veteran rock journalist speaks with NPR's Wade Goodwyn about her four decades behind the scenes.
"All of us have chased the American dream so there's something very universal about it," the Irish actor says. O'Dowd and James Franco star in a new Broadway production of Steinbeck's novella.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez died Thursday. It would be hard to overstate the importance of his novels, but author Gustavo Arellano recommends getting to know him in a different medium.
Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers looks at everyday life in a Mumbai slum. It appears at No. 1.
At No. 5, Elizabeth Strout's The Burgess Boys follows a family fractured by tragedy.
How Jesus Became God looks at how a Jewish preacher from Galilee was transformed into a deity. It debuts at No. 12.
The late Peter Matthiessen's last novel, , debuts at No. 4.
The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.