Brian Catlos, professor of religious studies at the University of Colorado and author of several books on Muslims and Christians in the Middle Ages, unfolds a detailed history of power, politics and religion in the Middle East.
When the longlist for the National Book Awards was announced last week, it had the usual suspects - books by previous winner Richard Powers and two Pulitzer winners, Jane Smiley and Marilynne Robinson. And there was one big surprise: the novel "Wolf in White Van" by John Darnielle, who is known as the man behind the Mountain Goats, a lyrically gifted indie rock band.
You probably know Maureen Corrigan's voice, if not her face. The sensible-sounding book critic on NPR's "Fresh Air" has reviewed a lot of books over the years, but only one fully has her heart: "The Great Gatsby," a novel that left her cold the first time she read it but which she now calls "a literary miracle."
Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, Sept. 21, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2014, The Nielsen Co.
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