Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, April 19, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2015, The Nielsen Co.
Award-winning cartoonist Roz Chast takes an unflinching look at aging, dying and death in her illustrated memoir, "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" (Bloomsbury, $28). The book deals with the care of her parents and their things before and after they died. The 60-year-old grew up in Brooklyn, the only child of older parents.
To express her love to Judy Blume, a 1970s tween would have had to write a letter. These days, a young reader enchanted by YA books - by, say, author Rainbow Rowell - can make nail art that matches a book cover and share it on Tumblr, where the author herself might see and share it with her followers.
James O. Born has always been fascinated with K-9 units. One memory stands out: It happened in January 1995, after a prison break at Glades Correctional Institute (the event inspired Elmore Leonard's "Out of Sight" and later prompted the Miami Herald headline "I slept with a murderer"). Born, a former U.S. Drug Enforcement agent, was on the task force to track down the escapees.
I read "Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog" by Tom Watson (Harper) that was about five silly dogs that love food. They also like playing games and making plans to get food. "Stick Dog" lives in a pipe under Highway 18, and sleeps on an old mattress.
Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, April 12, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2015, The Nielsen Co.
Col. Chris Hadfield has been in the space business for his entire career. A former top graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, the astronaut has been on three missions, logging almost 4,000 hours in space. The first Canadian to walk in space, he has flown on the Shuttle and the Russian Soyuz craft and acted as commander of the International Space Station, where he shot some of the most jaw-dropping photographs of planet Earth you'll ever see, collected in the book "You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes."
A man at a tech conference made an off-color joke to a friend; someone overheard, took offense and posted his picture online. A woman posed for a photo making a rude gesture at Arlington National Cemetery and, meaning to amuse her friends, uploaded it to Facebook. Another woman sent out a tweet intended as irreverent satire that came off as racism.
In the opening pages of "The Turner House" - Angela Flournoy's wonderful debut novel about an African-American family with 13 children set in 2008 Detroit - the eldest of them is tussling with a ghostly haint, come to pull him out the window of the Turner family home.