|A roundup of mysteries and thrillers|
Readers looking for a shot of adrenaline have four books to pick up this fall.
New Voices: 'Yellow Birds' author Kevin Powers
The former soldier tries to answer what Iraq was like in his acclaimed debut novel.
'Fifty Shades' author keeps mum on casting
What's new on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books List and in publishing.
Exclusive: J.K. Rowling takes career in new direction
J.K. Rowling talks exclusively to USA TODAY about 'The Casual Vacancy,' on sale this week.
Kate White talks 'Cosmo' and 'Success Secrets'
Former editor shares workplace tips, along with stories of her childhood and career.
|Book News: J.K. Rowling Tells 'Harry Potter' Backstories|
Quidditch was invented "in a small hotel in Manchester after a row with my then boyfriend," writes the Harry Potter creator. Other book news: Ireland puts an entire short story on a postage stamp; Daniel Handler on Midwestern literature; and the best books coming out this week.
May 20-26: A Coup, An Ancient Battle And One Steamy Diary
In softcover nonfiction, Jenny Rosenstrach examines dinnertime, Kate Summerscale recounts a scandalous Victorian trial, and John Dramani Mahama looks back on his childhood in Ghana. In fiction, Victor Davis Hanson reimagines an ancient battle, and Marie NDiaye follows three women from Senegal to Europe.
Decades Later And Across An Ocean, A Novel Gets Its Due
John Williams' Stoner sold just 2,000 copies when it was originally published in 1965. It's now acknowledged as a classic work, is a best-seller across Europe and the No. 1 novel in the Netherlands.
Unacceptable Anger From 'The Woman Upstairs'
"Women's anger is very scary to people," author Claire Messud says. Her new novel, The Woman Upstairs, features a seething main character, a young woman whose anger is unsettling.
Three-Minute Fiction: 'Ten Ring Fingers' And 'Ghost Words'
NPR's Bob Mondello and Susan Stamberg read excerpts of two of the best submissions for Round 11 of our short story contest. They read Ten Ring Fingers by Tamara Breuer of Washington, D.C., and Ghost Words by Matheus Macedo of Winthrop, Mass.