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A Half-Dozen Suggestions for the Readers on Your Gift List

A Half-Dozen Suggestions for the Readers on Your Gift List

March 13, 2014


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By Tish Wells McClatchy Washington Bureau (MCT) Look for a present for the hard-to-buy for-reader? Here is an exotic assortment of worthy books for the holiday season and beyond. For readers who like photography and nature, introduce them to “North America: A World in One Continent” (Runn...

What Makes ‘What Makes This Book So Great’ So Great? A Love of Reading

What Makes ‘What Makes This Book So Great’ So Great? A Love of Reading

March 13, 2014


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By Jim Higgins Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (MCT) “What Makes This Book So Great: Re-Reading the Classics of Science Fiction and Fantasy” by Jo Walton; Tor ($26.99) ——— What makes Jo Walton’s new book, “What Makes This Book So Great,” so great indeed is that it champions adul...

At 66, Dave Barry Still Hasn’t Figured Out Women

At 66, Dave Barry Still Hasn’t Figured Out Women

March 13, 2014


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(ARCHIVE PHOTOS, ARCHIVE CARICATURE) By Nicole Brodeur The Seattle Times (MCT) Still a funny, that Dave Barry. A phone conversation with him is like sitting in the audience in a comedy club. In Florida. Because while Barry may have mined the weirdness of the Sunshine State for his syndicated ...

‘Gone Girl’ Makes Author Gillian Flynn a Literary Celebrity

‘Gone Girl’ Makes Author Gillian Flynn a Literary Celebrity

March 4, 2014


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By Amy Driscoll The Miami Herald (MCT) MIAMI — With the runaway success of “Gone Girl,” Gillian Flynn has arrived. After more than a year on bestseller lists, her deliciously poisonous ode to a marriage gone bad is heading to the big screen with Ben Affleck starring, David Fincher di...

From Page to Screen and Back Again

From Page to Screen and Back Again

February 25, 2014


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By James Barragan Los Angeles Times (MCT) The memoir “12 Years a Slave” was published in 1853, a year after Harriet Beecher Stowe’s classic, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” Now Solomon Northup’s personal narrative is a bestseller — 161 years after it first came out — through a tie-in to...

Minneapolis Writer Kate DiCamillo Wins Second Newbery Medal for ‘Flora & Ulysses’

Minneapolis Writer Kate DiCamillo Wins Second Newbery Medal for ‘Flora & Ulysses’

February 25, 2014


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By Laurie Hertzel Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (MCT) MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis writer Kate DiCamillo won the John Newbery Medal on Monday for her book “Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures,” the second time in 10 years that she has captured the most prestigious award in child...

Chicago publisher sued for publishing Malcolm X’s diary

Chicago publisher sued for publishing Malcolm X’s diary

February 20, 2014


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(ARCHIVE PHOTOS) By Dawn Turner Trice Chicago Tribune (MCT) CHICAGO — When editors at Chicago’s Third World Press purchased the rights to publish a book containing Malcolm X’s diary, they saw it as an opportunity for readers to view the last year of the civil rights leader’s life...

‘Miss Peregrine’s’ sequel doesn’t disappoint

‘Miss Peregrine’s’ sequel doesn’t disappoint

January 16, 2014


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By Tish Wells McClatchy Washington Bureau (MCT) “Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs; Quirk Books, Philadelphia (399 pages, $17.99) Talented fantasy writer Ransom Riggs has finally produced the second volume, “Hollow City,” in his se...

The Romance Reader: ‘Christmas on Main Street’

November 29, 2013


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By Lezlie Patterson McClatchy-Tribune News Service (MCT) “Christmas on Main Street” by Joann Ross, Susan Donovan, LuAnn McLane, Alexis Morgan; SIGNET ($7.99, paperback) Anthologies are a great way for romance readers to delve into the holidays and “Christmas on Main Street” is full ...

The history of PBS’ ‘Masterpiece Theatre’

The history of PBS’ ‘Masterpiece Theatre’

November 26, 2013


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By Tish Wells McClatchy Washington Bureau (MCT) “Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the Scenes at ‘Masterpiece Theatre’ and ‘Mystery!’ On PBS” by Rebecca Eaton; Penguin, NY (300 pages, $29.90) ——— Do you remember Alistair Cooke? Besides being a renowned journalist, he also was the...

This week’s best-sellers from Publishers Weekly

November 26, 2013


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McClatchy-Tribune News Service MCT) Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, Nov. 17, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan © 2013, The Nielsen Co. (Reprinted from Publ...

A Nordic thriller, set on the North Shore

A Nordic thriller, set on the North Shore

October 25, 2013


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Christa Lawler Duluth News Tribune   For the past five years, lit lovers in Norway have had access to an award-winning crime novel set on Minnesota's North Shore. Word got back to the story's birthplace. Now "The Land of Dreams" has been translated into English, published by the ...

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