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The abbey had five acres of garden. Forbidden by the abJAMES GLEICK’S books include “The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood” and “Time Travel,” which will be published in the fall. 32 S U N DAY, MAY 1 5, 20 16 bot to experiment on field mice, Mendel began growing peas. And he did not just plant them; he made hybrids, crossing tall plants with short plants, white flowers with purple flowers, smooth pods with crumpled pods. “He began to discern patterns in the data — unanticipated constancies, conserved ratios, numerical rhythms,” Mukherjee writes.

MY STRUGGLE: BOOK 4, by Karl Ove Knaus- gaard. Translated by Don Bartlett. ) The fourth volume of Knausgaard’s six-part autobiographical novel finds 18-year-old Karl Ove newly arrived in a remote Norwegian village to teach and hone his writing. The narrative follows him as he works toward adulthood, with digressive ruminations on his adolescence, hopes for a girlfriend and youthful ambition. AMERICAN WARLORD: A True Story, by Johnny Dwyer. ) Dwyer tells the story of Chucky Taylor, the son of Charles Taylor, the former Liberian leader whose legacy of violence still scars the country.

Ages 12 to 18) 235 8 DORK DIARIES, by Rachel Renée Russell. (Simon & Schuster) Nikki Maxwell navigates the halls of middle school. (Ages 9 to 13) 115 9 BIG NATE, written and illustrated by Lincoln Peirce. (HarperCollins) Where Nate goes, trouble is sure to follow. (Ages 8 to 12) 8 10 WHATEVER AFTER, by Sarah Mlynowski. (Scholastic) A trip through a magic mirror lands two inquisitive children in Rapunzel’s tale. (Ages 9 to 12) WEEKS ON LIST 8 1 12 1 37 4 9 2 13 1 WEEKS ON LIST 2 371 32 372 56 385 113 166 116 3 Picture book rankings include hardcover sales only.

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