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Issue 50 / December 2012

March 2010

Books of The Times: Roger Lowenstein Traces ‘The End of Wall Street’

The journalist Roger Lowenstein’s anecdotes and analysis cover the lead-up to the financial meltdown and the frantic steps to solve it.... More...

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Wednesday, 31 March, 2010

Next Big Thing: Literary Scholars Turn to Science

Some scholars are turning to M.R.I.’s and evolutionary theory to explore how and why people read fiction.... More...

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Wednesday, 31 March, 2010

The National Archivist Keeps the Nation’s Heritage

David S. Ferriero, the national archivist, oversees a collection that includes original copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.... More...

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Wednesday, 31 March, 2010

Stephen King writes baseball novella

The king of horror has turned his attention to the sports field, but promises 'dark secrets' in Blockade Billy, due out next monthHe's tackled murderous dogs, evil zombie children and life on death row, and now master of horror Stephen... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 31 March, 2010

Sub-genres battle for Arthur C Clarke SF award

Space opera, parallel worlds and dystopian futures all shortlisted for best science fiction novel of the yearThe full panoply of science fiction – from space opera to parallel worlds to dystopian futures – is represented on the shortlist for this... More...

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Wednesday, 31 March, 2010

In E-Book Era, You Can’t Even Judge a Cover

The digital age may end the free advertising that publishers got from readers of their books in printed form.... More...

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Wednesday, 31 March, 2010

Books of The Times: Casino Crazy in Josh Axelrad’s ‘Repeat Until Rich’

A high roller, now broke, recounts his adventures as a blackjack card counter.... More...

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Wednesday, 31 March, 2010

Carol Burnett Looks Back in Her Memoir ‘This Time Together’

The comedian Carol Burnett’s show-biz memoir is about laughter, not scandals.... More...

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Tuesday, 30 March, 2010

Alice Oswald wins inaugural Ted Hughes award

New prize sponsored by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy goes to 'unsettling and unsettled' collection Weeds and Wild FlowersThe inaugural Ted Hughes award for new work in poetry, founded by Carol Ann Duffy, has gone to Alice Oswald, a nature... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 30 March, 2010

Helen Dunmore wins National Poetry Competition

Writer best known for her novels, who submitted work at the last minute 'on impulse', takes £5,000 award for single poem 'The Malarkey'Read the winning poem herePicking through the 10,467 anonymous entries for this year's National Poetry Competition, judges and... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 30 March, 2010

Bloomsbury hopes new book covers will recapture the Harry Potter magic

• Absence of Harry Potter release sees profits fall 35% last year• Company plans talks with Apple about iPad ebooks application... More...

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Tuesday, 30 March, 2010

Stephenie Meyer to publish new Twilight novella

The bloodsucking sensation's new book, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, will be available online for free during JuneA vampire who first features in Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel Eclipse but dies shortly afterwards is being resurrected by the bestselling... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 30 March, 2010

Books: Novel Examines Wider Costs of Health Care

Lionel Shriver’s new novel, “So Much for That,” explores the medical struggles of a middle-class family in Westchester County.... More...

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Tuesday, 30 March, 2010

Books of The Times: Ian McEwan’s ‘Solar’ Features a Boorish Physicist

Despite the book’s somber, scientific backdrop, “Solar” is Ian McEwan’s funniest novel yet.... More...

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Monday, 29 March, 2010

Tim Burton's Sleeping Beauty: Angelina Jolie poised to play Maleficent

Tim Burton is set to capitalise on the success of Alice in Wonderland by remaking another childrens' favourite: Sleeping Beauty, with Angelina Jolie in talks to play the villainFlushed with the success of his Alice in Wonderland, Tim Burton is... More...

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Monday, 29 March, 2010

Pullman defends 'Scoundrel Christ'

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Monday, 29 March, 2010

Books of The Times: Tatjana Soli’s ‘Lotus Eaters’ Offers Lessons From Vietnam

Tatjana Soli’s quietly mesmerizing debut novel is about journalists covering the war in Vietnam.... More...

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Sunday, 28 March, 2010

Ai, an Unflinching Poetic Channel of Hard Lives, Dies at 62

The poet Ai’s work — known for its raw power, jagged edges and unflinching examination of violence and despair — stood as a damning indictment of American society.... More...

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Sunday, 28 March, 2010

Byron's lover takes revenge from the grave

A newly discovered memoir from a woman close to Byron and Shelley brands them as worshippers of free love and 'monsters'A Cambridge graduate has stumbled across an unpublished 19th-century memoir that burns with resentment at Byron and Shelley as "monsters... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 28 March, 2010

City Critic: Seeing Green at the Battery Park City Library Branch

The newest, greenest branch of the New York Public Library has opened in Battery Park City, thanks to tireless advocates and a little help from Goldman Sachs.... More...

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Saturday, 27 March, 2010

CK Stead wins short story prize

The grand old man of New Zealand letters, CK Stead, has won the world's richest short story prizeA bittersweet tale about the damaged ego of a Croatian intellectual has won the acclaimed New Zealand novelist and poet CK Stead the... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 26 March, 2010

Essay: American Jeremiad: A Manifesto

Is it possible that some of our current manifestos are really jeremiads, trapped in the wrong packaging?... More...

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Friday, 26 March, 2010

Book Review | The History of White People - By Nell Irvin Painter

Nell Irvin Painter’s accessible study shows that deciding who is white has always been heavily influenced by class and culture.... More...

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Friday, 26 March, 2010

Paperback Row

Paperback books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 26 March, 2010

Crime: Mystery Novels by Denise Mina, Walter Mosley, Philip Kerr and Cornelia Read

Mystery novels by Denise Mina, Walter Mosley, Philip Kerr and Cornelia Read.... More...

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Friday, 26 March, 2010

Fiction Chronicle — Novels by Steve Yarbrough, Rachel Sherman, Victor Lodato and Michael Crichton

Novels by Steve Yarbrough, Rachel Sherman, Victor Lodato and Michael Crichton.... More...

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Friday, 26 March, 2010

Book Review | Appetite for America - By Stephen Fried

A biography of Fred Harvey, the inventor of the restaurant chain.... More...

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Friday, 26 March, 2010

Book Review | The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems, 1975-2010 - By Edward Hirsch

In poems old and new, Edward Hirsch balances the quotidian with an irrational counterforce.... More...

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Friday, 26 March, 2010

Book Review | The Male Brain - By Louann Brizendine

Louann Brizendine, author of “The Female Brain,” examines the gulf between the sexes, this time from the male side.... More...

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Friday, 26 March, 2010

Book Review | Texas Tough: The Rise of America’s Prison Empire - By Robert Perkinson

In a searching history of incarceration, Robert Perkinson traces our failures to approaches long favored in the South.... More...

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Friday, 26 March, 2010

Book Review | Mrs. Adams in Winter: A Journey in the Last Days of Napoleon - By Michael O’Brien

A political wife’s 40-day trek across 19th-century Europe.... More...

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Friday, 26 March, 2010

Book Review | The Hole We’re In - By Gabrielle Zevin

Gabrielle Zevin’s novel follows the delusions and disastrous choices of an American family hooked on credit.... More...

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Friday, 26 March, 2010

Book Review | The Irresistible Henry House - By Lisa Grunwald

Lisa Grunwald’s thoughtful novel imagines the life of a midcentury orphan used as a “practice baby” in a college home economics program.... More...

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Friday, 26 March, 2010

Book Review | The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time - By Judith Shulevitz

Judith Shulevitz’s wide-ranging meditation is part spiritual memoir, part religious history, part literary exegesis.... More...

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Friday, 26 March, 2010

Book Review | The Husbands and Wives Club - By Laurie Abraham

A reporter embeds herself for a year in a couples therapy group.... More...

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Friday, 26 March, 2010

Book Review | The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea - By Philip Hoare

Philip Hoare haunts whaling destinations in a quest to understand the whale, the cosmos, “Moby-Dick” and himself.... More...

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Friday, 26 March, 2010

Book Review | Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court - By Jeff Shesol

A thorough account of Franklin Roosevelt’s proposal to transform the Supreme Court and its political consequences.... More...

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Friday, 26 March, 2010

Book Review | The Baseball Codes - By Jason Turbow With Michael Duca

A guide to the unwritten rules of being a proper baseball citizen.... More...

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Friday, 26 March, 2010

Philip Pullman creates a darker Christ in new assault on the church

Author gives Jesus a manipulative twin brother in new book taking on the Gospels directlyIn the bestselling His Dark Materials books, author Philip Pullman depicted the church as a corrupt and murderous bureaucracy and God as senile, frail and impotent.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 26 March, 2010

Amazon's move into Canada sparks cultural war with booksellers

• Online bookseller's plan to open warehouse in Canada prompts warnings of 'Wal-Martisation' • Amazon claims it promotes local writers by selling Canadian books in 170 countries... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 26 March, 2010

Editors’ Choice

Recently reviewed books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 26 March, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

Duane Chapman, the star of the hit A&E reality show “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” is back on the nonfiction list with a new book.... More...

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Friday, 26 March, 2010

Up Front: Linda Gordon

Earlier this month, Linda Gordon won the Bancroft Prize in American history.... More...

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Friday, 26 March, 2010

Writer petitions the Israeli supreme court over travel ban

The author Ala Hlehel launches a petition to the supreme court in Israel to issue a permit for him to travel to a literary festival in BeirutThe writer Ala Hlehel has launched a petition to the supreme court in Israel... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 26 March, 2010

Questions For Chinua Achebe: Out of Africa

The Nigerian novelist talks about the latest ethnic violence in his country.... More...

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Friday, 26 March, 2010

Armchair Traveler: Book Review: The Lunatic Express by Carl Hoffman

A yearning to be a traveler leads the author to seek out airlines with the worst safety records and roads with the highest accident rates.... More...

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Friday, 26 March, 2010

Keira Knightley and Richard Gere set for Noah Baumbach's The Emperor's Children

Gere and Knightley look likely to play father and daughter in a film of Claire Messud's bestseller about three New Yorkers in the runup to and aftermath of 9/11First she starred in Atonement, directed by Joe Wright from Ian McEwan's... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 26 March, 2010

Book mixing math and crochet wins UK 'odd' prize

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Friday, 26 March, 2010

Andrew Motion to write sequel to Treasure Island

The former poet laureate takes Jim Hawkins back to the island in search of the lost treasure 126 years after Stevenson's storyAfter 10 years as poet laureate it's not surprising Andrew Motion is in the mood for something new, and... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 26 March, 2010

Winner announced for world's oddest book title award

Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes by Daina Taimina beats Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich to the top spotThe annual prize for the oddest book title has been won by the splendidly eccentric Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes, by Dr... More...

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Friday, 26 March, 2010

Boyd Tonkin: Casting a novel light on a supposed dark period

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Friday, 26 March, 2010

Posthumous blow to the author who hated book prizes

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Friday, 26 March, 2010

Paperback Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE BLIND SIDE, by Michael Lewis2. A PATRIOT'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen3. ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT'S ME, CHELSEA, by Chelsea Handler4. EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert5.... More...

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Thursday, 25 March, 2010

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE LAST SONG, by Nicholas Sparks2. DEAR JOHN, by Nicholas Sparks3. FIRST FAMILY, by David Baldacci4. SHUTTER ISLAND, by Dennis Lehane5. LONG LOST, by Harlan Coben... More...

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Thursday, 25 March, 2010

Paperback Trade Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE LAST SONG, by Nicholas Sparks2. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave3. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson4. A RELIABLE WIFE, by Robert Goolrick5. THE 8TH CONFESSION, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro... More...

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Thursday, 25 March, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE BIG SHORT, by Michael Lewis2. CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG, by Chelsea Handler3. COURAGE AND CONSEQUENCE, by Karl Rove4. THE PACIFIC, by Hugh Ambrose5. CHANGE YOUR BRAIN, CHANGE YOUR BODY, by Daniel G. Amen... More...

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Thursday, 25 March, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett2. HOUSE RULES, by Jodi Picoult3. THE SILENT SEA, by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul4. THINK TWICE, by Lisa Scottoline5. ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, by Seth Grahame-Smith... More...

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Thursday, 25 March, 2010

Books of The Times: Caught - By Harlan Coben - Never Look Away - By Linwood Barclay - Mom and Pop Thrillers

Parents search for their missing children in two new mysteries by Harlan Coben and Linwood Barclay.... More...

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Thursday, 25 March, 2010

Dominique Browning - What I Lost When I Lost My Job

The former editor of House & Garden describes how she was laid off — and learned to love life again.... More...

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Thursday, 25 March, 2010

Lost Booker prize shortlist overlooks Iris Murdoch but plumps for Muriel Spark

Acclaimed Scottish author, who never won the Booker prize during her lifetime, has been shortlisted for a one-off award intended to honour the books which fell through the net in 1970Muriel Spark missed out on the first ever Booker prize... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 25 March, 2010

Treasure trove of British spy novels to go up for auction

A portion of the private library of dedicated mystery fiction collector Otto Penzler, including first editions from Graham Greene, Eric Ambler and John Le Carré, to be sold at auctionFrom a $30,000 first edition of Casino Royale to an archive... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 25 March, 2010

Poet Ai dies at 62

The National Book Award-winning poet Ai, who renamed herself after the Japanese word for love, died on SaturdayNational Book Award-winning poet Ai, who was born Florence Anthony but changed her name to the Japanese word for love, died at the... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 25 March, 2010

The Influential Books Game

My contribution to the blogosphere's "10 influential books" discussion.... More...

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Thursday, 25 March, 2010

Rare signed George Orwell book fetches £86,000

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Thursday, 25 March, 2010

Sid Fleischman, Children’s Author, Dies at 90

Mr. Fleischman was a Newbery Award-winning author, who never set out to write for children but flung himself into the field on a dare.... More...

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Thursday, 25 March, 2010

Harold W. McGraw Jr., McGraw-Hill Chairman, Dies at 92

Mr. McGraw, as leader of McGraw-Hill, his family’s publishing business, helped build it into a billion-dollar enterprise.... More...

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Thursday, 25 March, 2010

Is this the violent new face of poetry at Oxford?

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Thursday, 25 March, 2010

Books of The Times: The Weird, Wide World of Bugs in Hugh Raffles’s ‘Insectopedia’

Hugh Raffles’s fluky, perversely appealing collection of essays about his adventures with insects skips from Manhattan’s water bugs to Chernobyl’s mutants, from cricket fights to locust plagues.... More...

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Wednesday, 24 March, 2010

Currents | Books: Designers Whose Own Walls Can Talk

“Designers Here and There: Inside the City and Country Homes of America’s Top Decorators” documents the wide array of spaces designers create for themselves.... More...

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Wednesday, 24 March, 2010

At Home With Wendy Burden: A Vanderbilt Descendant Laughs Off Dysfunction

Wendy Burden, author of the memoir “Dead End Gene Pool,” has written of the seamier side of the blue-blood life: addiction, neglect and syphilis.... More...

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Wednesday, 24 March, 2010

First edition of The Wind in the Willows sells for £32,400

An edition of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows, dedicated to the daughter of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, who was thought to have been the model for the character of Ratty, sold for 10 times more than expectedA first edition... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 24 March, 2010

Sherman Alexie wins PEN/Faulkner prize

Sherman Alexie takes the $15,000 PEN/Faulkner prize for fiction, beating Lorrie Moore and Barbara Kingsolver with War Dances, a short story collection described by judge Al Young as a 'rollicking, bittersweet gem'Native American poet and author Sherman Alexie has beaten... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 24 March, 2010

Alain de Botton on new book about work

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Wednesday, 24 March, 2010

Books of The Times: Miranda Carter’s ‘George, Nicholas and Wilhelm’ and World War I

A group biography of the rulers of Britain, Russia and Germany, whose blood ties and fondness for one another were not enough to prevent World War I.... More...

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Wednesday, 24 March, 2010

Alexie Wins PEN/Faulkner Fiction Prize

Mr. Alexie was named the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction on Tuesday for "War Dances," a collection of stories and poems.... More...

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Tuesday, 23 March, 2010

David Almond wins Hans Christian Andersen medal

British author 'stunned' to take top international children's literature prizeAn international jury of children's literature experts this afternoon decided to award the world's most prestigious prize in children's literature to British author David Almond.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 23 March, 2010

Library users get right to order any book

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Tuesday, 23 March, 2010

Ted Hughes to join literary elite with Poets' Corner memorial

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Tuesday, 23 March, 2010

Library users get right to order any book

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Tuesday, 23 March, 2010

Hughes to join literary elite with Poets' Corner memorial

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Tuesday, 23 March, 2010

Josh Axelrad, Author of ‘Repeat Until Rich’: Big Player in Atlantic City, Undercover but at Home

In his memoir Josh Axelrad describes how for five years he was part of a gambling team he calls Mossad.... More...

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Monday, 22 March, 2010

Conference for Black Writers at Medgar Evers College

In the age of President Obama, when successful black writers can be found across genres, do black writers still need a conference to call their own?... More...

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Monday, 22 March, 2010

Books of The Times: Hanif Kureishi Recalls His Mentor, Critic and Father in ‘My Ear at His Heart’

Hanif Kureishi’s affecting new memoir is ruminative and minor-key.... More...

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Monday, 22 March, 2010

Herta Müller dodged Romanian secret police by proofreading in forest

Nobel laureate Herta Müller met her proofreader in the woods to escape the attentions of Romania's notorious Securitate, she tells book fair audienceHerta Müller, who won the Nobel prize for literature last autumn, was forced to edit her books in... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 22 March, 2010

Philip Pullman's book on life of Jesus prompts letters condemning him to 'eternal hell'

Philip Pullman is unperturbed by letters from Christians condemning him for his latest book, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, saying he's 'been getting letters of disapproval and condemnation for years'Philip Pullman is well-accustomed to disapproval from the... More...

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Monday, 22 March, 2010

Key to saving libraries: free internet access and Sunday opening

Government reviews suggests measures to counter spending cuts and declining popularity... More...

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Monday, 22 March, 2010

Books of The Times: ‘Paul and Me’ - ‘The Best of Friends - Close-Up Portraits of Paul Newman and Martha Stewart

Paul Newman and Martha Stewart share the dubious distinction of being the subjects of “and Me” books, each written by a self-proclaimed dear friend.... More...

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Sunday, 21 March, 2010

Arts, Briefly: A New Light on Woolf

An archive of letters from the collections of the novelist Rosamond Lehmann and the writer Frances Partridge may shed light on the suicide of Virginia Woolf, The Guardian reported.... More...

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Sunday, 21 March, 2010

Orange Prize: Women authors can lighten up and still be taken seriously

When Daisy Goodwin complained of too much 'grimness' in this year's list, she was lambasted. She should have been applaudedThe ever-controversial Orange Prize hit the headlines last week, when Daisy Goodwin, the chair of the judges, complained that there had... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 21 March, 2010

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson in the 21st century: it's elementary

A BBC series is bringing the famous detective and his sidekick into modern London - but he will be keeping his Baker Street flatHe has already risen from the grave once, after plummeting down the Reichenbach Falls in the grip... More...

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Sunday, 21 March, 2010

Faulks vs Taylor: War, spat or just fun?

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Sunday, 21 March, 2010

Off the Shelf: ‘The Road From Ruin’: How to Avoid Another Crisis

In a new book, Matthew Bishop and Michael Green say that “toxic ideas,” not toxic assets, caused the financial crisis.... More...

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Saturday, 20 March, 2010

Book Review | 'The Genius in All of Us,' by David Shenk

David Shenk argues that discipline, not giftedness, is vital to greatness.... More...

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Saturday, 20 March, 2010

Charles Muscatine, Chaucer Scholar, Dies at 89

Mr. Muscatine was a scholar who transformed Chaucer studies by turning attention to the French models for Chaucer’s poetry and an education reformer.... More...

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Saturday, 20 March, 2010

A Down-to-Earth Poet Laureate in Brooklyn

As Brooklyn’s new poet laureate, Tina Chang wants to “demystify the role of the poet.”... More...

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Saturday, 20 March, 2010

Nonfiction Chronicle - Books by Alex Lemon, Daniel Menaker, C. S. Manegold and Malcolm Jones

Memoirs of surviving brain surgery and a difficult childhood, a primer on the art of conversation and a history of a northern slave estate.... More...

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Saturday, 20 March, 2010

Authors? They're all just jealous, bitchy backbiters

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Saturday, 20 March, 2010

Book Review | 'Keeping the Feast: One Couple’s Story of Love, Food, and Healing in Italy,' by Paula Butturini

A memoir of how cooking helped save the marriage of Paula Butturini and her husband, reporters traumatized by war.... More...

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Friday, 19 March, 2010

Book Review | 'The Harvard Psychedelic Club,' by Don Lattin

A group portrait of Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith and Andrew Weil and their experiments with hallucinogens in the early 1960s.... More...

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Friday, 19 March, 2010

Book Review | 'On the Brink,' by Henry M. Paulson Jr.

Henry M. Paulson’s account of his tumultuous term as George W. Bush’s last Treasury secretary.... More...

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Friday, 19 March, 2010

Book Review | 'Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History,' by David Aaronovitch

Paranoia strikes deep in this journalist’s survey of conspiracy theories in Western politics.... More...

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Friday, 19 March, 2010

Book Review | 'A Week in December,' by Sebastian Faulks

This ambitious, angry novel’s capitalist is more reliably loathsome than its jihadist.... More...

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Friday, 19 March, 2010

Book Review | 'The Possessed: Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them,' by Elif Batuman

An entertaining memoir-cum-travelogue of a grad student’s improbable education in Russian language and literature.... More...

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Friday, 19 March, 2010

Essay: The Making of the President, Then and Now

The great campaign books of the past are about more than the back-room drama that dominates recent releases.... More...

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Friday, 19 March, 2010

Paperback Row

Paperback books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 19 March, 2010

Book Review | 'Blooms of Darkness,' by Aharon Appelfeld

In this novel with echoes of Anne Frank’s diary, a Jewish child is hidden in a brothel during the Holocaust.... More...

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Friday, 19 March, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

The comedian Chelsea Handler beats out Karl Rove for the top spot on the hardcover nonfiction list with her new collection.... More...

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Friday, 19 March, 2010

Book Review | 'Occupied City,' by David Peace

A real-life mass poisoning in Tokyo in 1948, possibly linked to notorious wartime medical experiments, is the basis for this highly original crime novel.... More...

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Friday, 19 March, 2010

Book Review | 'Silk Parachute,' by John McPhee

John McPhee writes on golf and lacrosse, food and fact-checkers, and, this time, himself.... More...

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Friday, 19 March, 2010

Editors’ Choice

Recently reviewed books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 19 March, 2010

Up Front: Jill Abramson

Jill Abramson, The Times’s managing editor for news, specialized in “the intersection of money and politics” during her reporting career.... More...

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Friday, 19 March, 2010

JD Salinger comrade recalls 'emotional and warm' friend

Werner Kleeman, 91, who fought alongside the writer in the second world war, reveals hitherto unseen lettersJD Salinger's austere public image has been belied by the memories of an old comrade from the second world war, who has been reminiscing... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 19 March, 2010

Book Review | 'What We Are,' by Peter Nathaniel Malae

This first novel gives voice to a “Me Generation” poet of mixed heritage and tortured outlook.... More...

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Friday, 19 March, 2010

Book Review | 'The Making of African America: The Four Great Migrations,' by Ira Berlin

Ira Berlin reconceptualizes African-American history as the story of a people uprooted and searching for home.... More...

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Friday, 19 March, 2010

Book Review | 'Backing Into Forward: A Memoir,' by Jules Feiffer

In this frequently hilarious memoir, the acclaimed cartoonist Jules Feiffer offers a vision of New York City during the cultural and political foment of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.... More...

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Friday, 19 March, 2010

Paperback Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. A PATRIOT'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen2. ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT'S ME, CHELSEA, by Chelsea Handler3. MY HORIZONTAL LIFE, by Chelsea Handler4. THE BLIND SIDE, by Michael Lewis5.... More...

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Friday, 19 March, 2010

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE LAST SONG, by Nicholas Sparks2. DEAR JOHN, by Nicholas Sparks3. FIRST FAMILY, by David Baldacci4. SHUTTER ISLAND, by Dennis Lehane5. THE VAMPIRE AND THE VIRGIN, by Kerrelyn Sparks... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 19 March, 2010

Paperback Trade Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave2. THE LAST SONG, by Nicholas Sparks3. A RELIABLE WIFE, by Robert Goolrick4. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson5. THE 8TH CONFESSION, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro... More...

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Friday, 19 March, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG, by Chelsea Handler2. COURAGE AND CONSEQUENCE, by Karl Rove3. CHANGE YOUR BRAIN, CHANGE YOUR BODY, by Daniel G. Amen4. NO APOLOGY, by Mitt Romney5. THE PACIFIC, by Hugh Ambrose... More...

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Friday, 19 March, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. HOUSE RULES, by Jodi Picoult2. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett3. THE SILENT SEA, by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul4. BACKLASH, by Aaron Allston5. ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, by Seth Grahame-Smith... More...

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Friday, 19 March, 2010

New Bloomsbury archive casts revealing light on Virginia Woolf's death

Letter opened to public viewing for the first time shows Clive Bell coming to terms with sister-in-law's suicideA revealing letter about the disappearance and suicide of Virginia Woolf in 1941 is part of a new archive of letters by the... More...

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Friday, 19 March, 2010

Books of The Times: ‘Lonelyhearts’ by Marion Meade: Lives of Nathanael West and Eileen McKenney

A grating dual biography of Nathanael West and Eileen McKenney, a defiantly odd couple with literary, Hollywood and Broadway connections, who died young in a car crash in 1940.... More...

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Thursday, 18 March, 2010

David Almond in running for prestigious children's book prize 'double'

Author makes shortlist for Hans Christian Andersen prize, and is also in contention for the £460,000 Astrid Lindgren awardNext week could be a big one for David Almond. The Carnegie medal-winning British author is in the running for two of... More...

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Thursday, 18 March, 2010

Miguel Delibes, Prolific Spanish Writer, Dies at 89

Mr. Delibes was a prolific and much-honored Spanish novelist who explored human nature through the lives of common folk living in the rich Castilian countryside.... More...

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Thursday, 18 March, 2010

Jeff Sheng’s Photos of Gay Military Personnel

A photographer uses his art to push for social change for gays in the military.... More...

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Thursday, 18 March, 2010

New Books by Seth Grahame-Smith, Jo Nesbo and Chloë Schama

Books by Seth Grahame-Smith, Jo Nesbo, Carol Goodman, Simon Lelic, Marina Endicott and Chloë Schama.... More...

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Wednesday, 17 March, 2010

Reading and the Web: Texts Without Context

How the Internet and mash-up culture change everything we know about reading.... More...

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Wednesday, 17 March, 2010

Books of The Times: ‘Backing Into Forward’: Jules Feiffer’s Ink-Stained Memoir

The cartoonist Jules Feiffer traces the roots of his subversive stance in this funny, revealing and often biting memoir.... More...

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Wednesday, 17 March, 2010

'Kingdom of fabric' sues novelist for weaving a tissue of lies about revered Paris store

Lalie Walker wrote latest thriller as a tribute to a Montmarte fabric store, but store's owners say the book is defamatory... More...

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Wednesday, 17 March, 2010

Is Hollywood big enough for two Spideys?

Descendants of Marvel comic-book artist Jack Kirby sue for film rights to some of the publisher's best-known superheroesFor Hollywood studios, which have spent billions on the rights to icons such as Spider-Man and the Hulk, it is a nightmare scenario... More...

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Wednesday, 17 March, 2010

Lifetime achievement awards for Joanna Trollope and Maeve Binchy

Romantic Novelists' Association presents Maeve Binchy and Joanna Trollope with lifetime achievement awards for their contribution to the genreThe last time Maeve Binchy was presented with a lifetime achievement award, she announced a year later that her next book, Scarlet... More...

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Wednesday, 17 March, 2010

Spare us your misery, Orange prize judge tells authors

Daisy Goodwin says reading the 129 entries to this year's competition sometimes drove her to despairTo book lovers, it might appear to be a delicious, if demanding, treat – the opportunity to devour more than 100 novels by women writers... More...

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Wednesday, 17 March, 2010

Spare me the misery lit, says Orange Prize judge

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Wednesday, 17 March, 2010

The Orange Prize longlist in full

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Wednesday, 17 March, 2010

Kindle best-sellers: 'Shutter Island,' Stieg Larsson, 'Split Image'

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Wednesday, 17 March, 2010

Orange Prize for Fiction announces 2010 longlist

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Wednesday, 17 March, 2010

New trilogy by 'Percy Jackson' author due out internationally in May

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Wednesday, 17 March, 2010

John Grisham's catalog now available electronically

John Grisham's entire 23-title catalog is now available in e-book form, announced publisher Knopf Doubleday on March 16. The internationally best-selling author had previously expressed uncertainty about going digital, citing concern for both publishers and bookstores. ... More...

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Wednesday, 17 March, 2010

Books of The Times: A Call for the Commonweal: Tony Judt’s ‘Ill Fares the Land’

Tony Judt’s new book is a dying man’s sense of a dying idea: the notion that the state can play a significant role in its citizens’ lives without imperiling their liberties.... More...

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Tuesday, 16 March, 2010

Banville and Trollope reimagine lives hidden in mystery portraits

Storytellers invent life histories for unknown subjects in National Portrait Gallery vaultsFor more than half a century they have lain in a storeroom, unidentified and unseen by the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the National Portrait Gallery every year.... More...

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Tuesday, 16 March, 2010

Authors donate tales to modern version of Kipling's Just So Stories

William Boyd, Hanif Kureishi and Michael Morpurgo to contribute to anthology of animal stories, inspired by Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories, intended to raise money for endangered speciesMore than 100 years, oh Best Beloved, after Rudyard Kipling published his Just... More...

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Tuesday, 16 March, 2010

John Grisham's complete works to be available on ebook

Bestselling author's range of legal and political thrillers to come out in digital format... More...

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Tuesday, 16 March, 2010

Baron Cohen on track for Scorsese's Invention

Sacha Baron Cohen is tipped for roles in Martin Scorsese's adaptation of the children's book The Invention of Hugo Cabret as well as the third Men in Black movieAli G, Borat and Brüno may now have taken their final bow,... More...

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Tuesday, 16 March, 2010

Martin Amis: 'I wish my sister had converted to Islam'

Martin Amis suggests to Dubai English-language newspaper that his sister, an alcoholic who died in 2000, "might still be alive" if she had converted to IslamMartin Amis might have expressed negative views about Islam in the past, but the author... More...

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Tuesday, 16 March, 2010

Books on Science: “Insectopedia,” by Hugh Raffles

A new book is as inventive, wide ranging and full of astonishing surprises as the insect world itself.... More...

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Tuesday, 16 March, 2010

'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' prequel offered in free advance chapters

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Tuesday, 16 March, 2010

Emory University Saves Rushdie’s Digital Data

As research libraries and archives are discovering, “born-digital” materials are much more complicated and costly to preserve than anticipated.... More...

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Monday, 15 March, 2010

Books of The Times: Lisa Grunwald’s ‘Irresistible Henry House’: A Charmer’s Tale

Ms. Grunwald’s book is pragmatic and plain-spoken, yet it manages to be steadily baffling about its overall intent.... More...

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Monday, 15 March, 2010

'Shakespeare's lost play' no hoax, says expert

New evidence that Double Falsehood was, as 18th-century playwright Lewis Theobald claimed, based on Bard's Cardenio... More...

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Monday, 15 March, 2010

Margaret Atwood sings in ice hockey film musical

The Man Booker prize winner has filmed a cameo appearance in forthcoming Canadian movie Score: A Hockey MusicalShe's won the Man Booker prize for her fiction, been awarded 16 honorary degrees and fights on behalf of authors' rights as vice-president... More...

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Monday, 15 March, 2010

Arts, Briefly: Judi Dench Memoir Is Set for October

St. Martin’s Press said it had acquired a memoir from Ms. Dench, called “And Furthermore,” that described her professional and private lives.... More...

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Monday, 15 March, 2010

Sales of ‘The Coming Insurrection’ Helped by Glenn Beck

Sales of “The Coming Insurrection,” which first appeared in France in 2005, surged after Glenn Beck talked about it on his Fox TV show.... More...

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Monday, 15 March, 2010

Books of The Times: Michael Lewis’s ‘Big Short’: Investors Foresaw Meltdown

Michael Lewis’s book does not attempt a macro view of the financial crisis, but instead proposes to open a small window on the calamities.... More...

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Monday, 15 March, 2010

Kenneth Dover, a Scholar of Ancient Greek Literature, Dies at 89

Mr. Dover became known for his willingness to break taboos, from his frank descriptions of sexual behavior to his baldly stated desire to bring about the death of a vexing Oxford colleague.... More...

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Sunday, 14 March, 2010

What was John Ruskin thinking on his unhappy wedding night?

Legend says the greatest Victorian was put off sex by the sight of his wife's naked body. A new film will try to establish the truthThe secret at the heart of the short-lived, notoriously unconsummated marriage of John Ruskin, the... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 14 March, 2010

In the news: David Foster Wallace

A large archive of the writer's work goes on display this autumn at the University of Texas's Harry Ransom CentreDavid Foster Wallace, who committed suicide in 2008, is a writer whose remarkable and idiosyncratic talents earned him a huge body... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 14 March, 2010

Liberal Americans choke on their pretzels as Karl Rove rewrites history

It has been fun watching the man known as 'Bush's brain' squirm on the TV talkshows as he tries to sell his self-serving memoirFor Karl Rove's legions of liberal detractors – who did not manage to lay a hand on... More...

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Sunday, 14 March, 2010

Box Seats: Mark Twain, Baseball Fan, Had an Eye for a Short-Stop

In 1874, the author Mark Twain and the Dark Blues baseball team both arrived.... More...

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Saturday, 13 March, 2010

Box Seats: Stephen Crane, Author of ‘Red Badge’ Loved Baseball More Than Studying

Stephen Crane, the author of “The Red Badge of Courage,” said he was “cut out to be a professional baseball player.”... More...

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Saturday, 13 March, 2010

Richard Stites, Historian of Russian Culture, Dies at 78

Mr. Stites opened up new territory for historians with a landmark work on the Russian women’s movement.... More...

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Saturday, 13 March, 2010

Book Review | 'The Man From Saigon,' by Marti Leimbach

Vietcong guerrillas capture a female reporter in this vivid Vietnam War novel.... More...

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Saturday, 13 March, 2010

Film: Niels Arden Oplev and ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Hit U.S.

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and its celebrated director arrive in America, each trailing big expectations.... More...

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Saturday, 13 March, 2010

The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center Helps Authors Blossom

At Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, there are workshops, support, even a publishing imprint known for nurturing poets.... More...

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Friday, 12 March, 2010

Crime: Mystery Novels by Jo Nesbo, Cara Black, Simon Lelic and Robert Goddard

Mystery novels by Jo Nesbo, Cara Black, Simon Lelic and Robert Goddard.... More...

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Friday, 12 March, 2010

Fiction Chronicle - Novels by Dominick Dunne, Sadie Jones, Melanie Benjamin, Brian Hart and Elizabeth Kostova

Novels by Dominick Dunne, Sadie Jones, Melanie Benjamin, Brian Hart and Elizabeth Kostova.... More...

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Friday, 12 March, 2010

Book Review | 'The Man Who Ate His Boots: The Tragic History of the Search for the Northwest Passage,' by Anthony Brandt

The boldness and the folly of the explorers who sought the Northwest Passage.... More...

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Friday, 12 March, 2010

Book Review | 'Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy,' by Melissa Milgrom

A journalist’s adventures in the world of taxidermy, where she observes the art of incising, skinning, sculpturing and reassembling.... More...

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Friday, 12 March, 2010

Essay: Take This Job and Write It - Literature of the Office

Work has become central to most people’s self-conception. Why does fiction have so little to say about it?... More...

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Friday, 12 March, 2010

Book Review | 'Reality Hunger: A Manifesto,' by David Shields

With an assist from others’ quotations, David Shields argues that our deep need for reality is not being met by the old and crumbling models of literature.... More...

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Friday, 12 March, 2010

Book Review | 'Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience,' by Stephen S. Hall

A science writer addresses the question: What makes a sage?... More...

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Friday, 12 March, 2010

Book Review | 'Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades,' by Jonathan Phillips

This “character driven” account of two centuries of religious combat is the best recent history of the Crusades.... More...

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Friday, 12 March, 2010

Book Review | 'Black Hearts: One Platoon’s Descent Into Madness in Iraq’s Triangle of Death,' by Jim Frederick

A riveting account of the flawed leadership, bad luck and virulent personalities that led to the 2006 murder of an entire Iraqi family by American soldiers.... More...

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Friday, 12 March, 2010

Children’s Books: Hidden Meanings

A documentary approach to Anne Frank’s life and diary; and a novel about Jewish refugee children during World War II.... More...

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Friday, 12 March, 2010

Children’s Books: Bookshelf - More Books Reviewed

More children’s books reviewed.... More...

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Friday, 12 March, 2010

Children’s Books: 'Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean,' by Sarah Stewart Taylor

An entertaining, graphic-novel style account of Amelia Earhart’s stay in Newfoundland before she crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1928.... More...

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Friday, 12 March, 2010

Paperback Row

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Friday, 12 March, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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Friday, 12 March, 2010

Up Front: Joshua Hammer

As Newsweek’s Jerusalem bureau chief from 2001 to 2004, Joshua Hammer “covered Iraq extensively, embedding with United States troops as the insurgency spiraled out of control.”... More...

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Friday, 12 March, 2010

Book Review | 'The Surrendered,' by Chang-rae Lee

As death draws near, Chang-rae Lee’s heroine, a Korean War orphan who now lives in New York, sets off for Europe to look for her wayward son.... More...

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Friday, 12 March, 2010

Comics: The Upside-Down World of Gustave Verbeek - Complete Peanuts - Bloom County Library - Popeye - Plunder Island

New collections of classic comics, including “Peanuts,” “Bloom County” and “Popeye.”... More...

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Friday, 12 March, 2010

Book Review | 'So Much for That,' by Lionel Shriver

Health care and bank accounts loom large in Lionel Shriver’s multifaceted 10th novel, in which plans, relationships and families are changed by illness.... More...

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Friday, 12 March, 2010

Hilary Mantel leads successful night for British writers at US book awards

Wolf Hall has won this years National Book Critics Circle fiction award, with other gongs going to Diana Athill and Richard HolmesA strong performance for British authors in last night's National Book Critics' Circle awards saw transatlantic winners make off... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 12 March, 2010

Weekly book agenda: 'Twilight,' 'Wimpy Kid,' Ian McEwan's 'Solar'

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Friday, 12 March, 2010

Spanish writer Miguel Delibes dies at 89

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Friday, 12 March, 2010

'Wolf Hall' wins National Book Critics Circle Award

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Friday, 12 March, 2010

Paperback Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. A PATRIOT'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen2. THE LOST CITY OF Z, by David Grann3. THE BLIND SIDE, by Michael Lewis4. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and... More...

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Thursday, 11 March, 2010

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE LAST SONG, by Nicholas Sparks2. DEAR JOHN, by Nicholas Sparks3. FIRST FAMILY, by David Baldacci4. SHUTTER ISLAND, by Dennis Lehane5. LONG LOST, by Harlan Coben... More...

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Thursday, 11 March, 2010

Paperback Trade Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave2. A RELIABLE WIFE, by Robert Goolrick3. THE LAST SONG, by Nicholas Sparks4. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson5. THE 8TH CONFESSION, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro... More...

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Thursday, 11 March, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. NO APOLOGY, by Mitt Romney2. LIFT, by Kelly Corrigan3. GAME CHANGE, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin4. NOT WITHOUT HOPE, by Nick Schuyler and Jeré Longman5. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, by Rebecca Skloot... More...

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Thursday, 11 March, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. HOUSE RULES, by Jodi Picoult2. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett3. FANTASY IN DEATH, by J. D. Robb4. ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, by Seth Grahame-Smith5. WORST CASE, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge... More...

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Thursday, 11 March, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

Seth Grahame-Smith’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” enters the hardcover fiction list at No. 4.... More...

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Thursday, 11 March, 2010

Books of The Times: Paolo Giordano’s ‘Solitude of Prime Numbers’: Scarred Souls

The Italian writer Paolo Giordano has drawn a mesmerizing portrait of a young man and woman whose injured natures draw them together and inevitably pull them apart.... More...

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Thursday, 11 March, 2010

Books of The Times: James Hynes’s ‘Next’: A Job Interview to End All Interviews

In James Hynes’s new novel, a middle-aged man on a one-day trip to Austin, Tex., for a job interview comes full to life at long last.... More...

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Thursday, 11 March, 2010

Israeli novel wins Best Translated Book Award

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Thursday, 11 March, 2010

David Foster Wallace archives to go on display

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Thursday, 11 March, 2010

David Foster Wallace's archive acquired by University of Texas

Manuscripts, annotated books and juvenilia to be made available following the acquisition of the late David Foster Wallace's archive by the University of Texas's Harry Ransom CentreLook at a selection of items from the archive hereThe archive of the late... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 10 March, 2010

Hilary Duff to write young adult book series

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Wednesday, 10 March, 2010

Kindle bestsellers: 'Shutter Island,' non-fiction picks, 'A Reliable Wife'

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Wednesday, 10 March, 2010

New app delves further into Booker Prize-winner 'Wolf Hall'

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Wednesday, 10 March, 2010

Food Stuff: A New Anthology of Gastronomica Magazine

“The Gastronomica Reader” is an anthology of more than 40 essays from the thought-provoking food magazine.... More...

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Tuesday, 9 March, 2010

Books of The Times: In ‘Still Life,’ Melissa Milgrom Dissects Taxidermy

Melissa Milgrom’s oddball first book is a pinballing tour through the poorly understood world of taxidermy.... More...

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Tuesday, 9 March, 2010

Books overtake games as most numerous iPhone apps

In what is predicted to be a pivotal year for ebooks, with next month's iPad launch, the number of books available as iPhone apps now exceeds the number of gamesThe electronic book passed another milestone this month, with the number... More...

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Tuesday, 9 March, 2010

Letters Capture American Grief After the Kennedy Assassination

A new book has collected some of the thousands of surviving letters to Jacqueline Kennedy after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.... More...

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Tuesday, 9 March, 2010

Dear Jackie... how America mourned JFK

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Tuesday, 9 March, 2010

Pellegrino Book Is Pulled and Publishers Ponder Procedures

Digital media raises the question of what part the traditional book publisher will play in the future.... More...

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Monday, 8 March, 2010

Books of The Times: Lives Scarred by War in ‘The Surrendered,’ by Chang-rae Lee

With “The Surrendered,” Chang-rae Lee has written the most ambitious and compelling novel of his already impressive career.... More...

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Monday, 8 March, 2010

JFK assassination: letters sent to Jacqueline Kennedy recall US grief

Selection from 15,000 condolence letters sent to JFK's widow and stored at library published for first time in bookA young mother, writing shortly after the assassination of John F Kennedy on 22 November 1963, encapsulated the mood of millions. "Surely... More...

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Monday, 8 March, 2010

Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood to score film of Haruki Murakami novel

The rock boffin is to return to movie soundtracks, writing music for an adaptation of Haruki Murakami's Norwegian WoodRadiohead's Jonny Greenwood will reportedly return to film scoring, writing music for an adaptation of Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood. The score will... More...

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Monday, 8 March, 2010

Books of The Times: Rural Pride and Poverty and a Hen’s Empty Nest

The skill with which Ron Rash’s tales are constructed is apparent in this new book of stories.... More...

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Monday, 8 March, 2010

India's Maoist extremists ask Arundhati Roy to mediate in conflict with state

Booker prize winning author rejects offer to become go-between but urges Maoists and India to call a ceasefire... More...

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Sunday, 7 March, 2010

Off the Shelf: The Corporate Side of Snooping

In a new book, Eamon Javers tries to get private-sector rent-a-spies to divulge their mysteries.... More...

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Sunday, 7 March, 2010

Palestinian Sees Lesson Translating an Israeli’s Work

In memory of a son killed in a terrorist attack, a Palestinian lawyer paid for an Arabic translation of the autobiography of Israel’s most prominent author and dove, Amos Oz.... More...

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Sunday, 7 March, 2010

Soccer moms v Precious - the cultural battle at the heart of this year's Oscars

Rightwingers have championed Sandra Bullock's portrayal of a Sarah Palin-esque woman transforming a youth's life, but liberals want Gabourey Sidibe's gritty debut rewarded tonightOne film celebrates the courage and generosity of a white middle-class "soccer mom" who transforms the life... More...

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Sunday, 7 March, 2010

Straightening the Record

The Society for American Baseball Research changed course and recognized Dorothy Jane Mills as a co-author with Dr. Harold Seymour of a trilogy of the game’s history.... More...

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Sunday, 7 March, 2010

Revealed: Iris Murdoch's secret love affair

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Sunday, 7 March, 2010

Invasion of the Swedes: A cultural incursion from the north

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Sunday, 7 March, 2010

‘Mad as a Hatter’: The History of a Simile

Pity Lewis Carroll’s poor Hatter. Why not “mad as a shoemaker”?... More...

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Saturday, 6 March, 2010

New book claims Robin Hood stole from the rich and lent to the poor

A new book has claimed that Robin Hood was not as selfless as he is often depicted, suggesting he stole from the rich and lent money to the poor as an early kind of loan shark.... More...

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Saturday, 6 March, 2010

Appeal to save chalet where Charles Dickens wrote Great Expectations

An appeal has been launched to raise £100,000 to save the chalet in which Charles Dickens wrote many of his famous works, including Great Expectations.... More...

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Saturday, 6 March, 2010

Sunday Routine | Rebecca Stead: Pen Down, Brain Off

Why the author of the prize-winning children’s book “When You Reach Me” sets aside Sunday as a time for not writing.... More...

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Saturday, 6 March, 2010

Zombies meet trekkies in new Quirk Books title

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Saturday, 6 March, 2010

Soldiers’ Stories

A philosopher and psychoanalyst documents the stories of veterans and brings a dual perspective to the experience of war.... More...

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Friday, 5 March, 2010

Library Science

An exploration of the world of libraries and librarians, via a tour of eccentric characters and unlikely locations.... More...

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Friday, 5 March, 2010

Virtual Village

Helen Simonson mischievously unleashes stock village-novel characters into a new England.... More...

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Friday, 5 March, 2010

Oh, Gods

In John Banville’s novel, a crew of Greek deities attends a mathematician’s deathbed.... More...

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Friday, 5 March, 2010

The Bootleg Diaries

Modern profiles and historical sketches animate a moonshine enthusiast’s study of homemade liquor.... More...

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Friday, 5 March, 2010

Turks, Kurds, Armenians: View From a Small Town

Christopher de Bellaigue investigates the bewildering historical entanglements in which Turkey is ensnared.... More...

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Friday, 5 March, 2010

Fallen Angels

In Danielle Trussoni’s rousing novel, a young nun is drawn into an ancient struggle against the Nephilim, hybrid offspring of humans and heavenly beings.... More...

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Friday, 5 March, 2010

Hurtin’ Words

The life and hard times of the country singer Tammy Wynette.... More...

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Friday, 5 March, 2010

Visuals: The World as Their Canvas

Visual books about maps, the design firm Unimark International and African and Central Asian “war rugs.”... More...

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Friday, 5 March, 2010

Post-Soviet Yearning

Gina Ochsner’s first novel links the grim anomie of post-Soviet Russia to the delirium of magic realism.... More...

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Friday, 5 March, 2010

Target Practice

This darkly humorous satiric novel, a witty paean to white-collar loserdom, stars a deeply cynical academic fund-raiser fighting for his job.... More...

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Friday, 5 March, 2010

Up Front: Joseph O’Neill

Joseph O’Neill is probably best known for “Netherland,” which the Book Review selected as one of its 10 Best Books of 2008.... More...

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Friday, 5 March, 2010

Essay: The Talk of the (Seedy Side of) Town

St. Clair McKelway helped solidify the classic New Yorker style but is nearly forgotten today.... More...

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Friday, 5 March, 2010

Paperback Row

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Friday, 5 March, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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Friday, 5 March, 2010

Ian McEwan: Failure at Copenhagen climate talks prompted novel rewrite

Author's forthcoming novel, Solar, is about a scientist working on a technology to address global warming... More...

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Friday, 5 March, 2010

The Medium: Shelf Life

Libraries and book collecting in the age of electronic reproduction.... More...

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Friday, 5 March, 2010

Thirty years' editorial labours produce 'more comprehensible' Finnegans Wake

After 9,000 emendations to James Joyce's notoriously impenetrable novel, a 'smoother' new edition is promisedThirty years of work and 9,000 amendments later, a new edition of James Joyce's most perplexing novel, Finnegans Wake, is promising to provide readers with a... More...

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Friday, 5 March, 2010

Dizzee Rascal to write Bonkers-buster

Rapper's forthcoming memoir promises to offer an 'intimate insight' into his life so farDizzee Rascal has announced plans to publish his first official memoir, provisionally titled The Dizzee Rascal Story.... More...

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Friday, 5 March, 2010

North Korean defector reveals Austrian connection

Book tells how former colonel went on shopping sprees in west to supply luxury cars and fine food... More...

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Friday, 5 March, 2010

Sarah Palin to publish book on 'American virtues'

Following the runaway success of her memoir Going Rogue, Palin will bring her 'mom's eye' to selections of readings that have inspired herWith two million-plus copies of her memoir Going Rogue sold, Sarah Palin is set to make her second... More...

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Friday, 5 March, 2010

Books of The Times: Stealthy Insights Amid Short Phrases

A nearly career-spanning collection of compact and refined poetry by Kay Ryan, the poet laureate of the United States.... More...

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Friday, 5 March, 2010

The £4.6m question: Is Tony Blair's 'Journey' worth the advance?

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Friday, 5 March, 2010

The truth about Tony Blair's 'Journey'

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Friday, 5 March, 2010

Weekly book agenda: Read an E-Book Week, Best Translated Book Award

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Friday, 5 March, 2010

Books to be reinvented as tablets become mainstream

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Friday, 5 March, 2010

Ultimate Bush Insider Lifts Veil on Presidency

Karl Rove says in his new memoir that President George W. Bush probably would not have invaded Iraq had he known there were no unconventional weapons there.... More...

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Thursday, 4 March, 2010

Readers invited on a journey … again, as publication of Blair's memoir announced

Former prime minister's memoir out in September, with industry insiders expecting £25 book to fly off shelvesThere have been so many journeys. The Journey was the title chosen in 2004 by diva Donna Summer to best describe a collection of... More...

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Thursday, 4 March, 2010

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE LAST SONG, by Nicholas Sparks2. DEAR JOHN, by Nicholas Sparks3. FIRST FAMILY, by David Baldacci4. SHUTTER ISLAND, by Dennis Lehane5. THE SUMMER HIDEAWAY, by Susan Wiggs... More...

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Thursday, 4 March, 2010

Paperback Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE LOST CITY OF Z, by David Grann2. THE BLIND SIDE, by Michael Lewis3. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin4. THE SURVIVORS CLUB, by Ben Sherwood5. ARE YOU THERE, VODKA?... More...

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Thursday, 4 March, 2010

Paperback Trade Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave2. THE LAST SONG, by Nicholas Sparks3. A RELIABLE WIFE, by Robert Goolrick4. THE 8TH CONFESSION, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro5. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson... More...

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Thursday, 4 March, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. GAME CHANGE, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin2. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, by Rebecca Skloot3. I AM OZZY, by Ozzy Osbourne with Chris Ayres4. THE POLITICIAN, by Andrew Young5. HAVE A LITTLE FAITH,... More...

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Thursday, 4 March, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. FANTASY IN DEATH, by J. D. Robb2. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett3. BLACK MAGIC SANCTION, by Kim Harrison4. SPLIT IMAGE, by Robert B. Parker5. BIG GIRL, by Danielle Steel... More...

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Thursday, 4 March, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

Robert B. Parker’s posthumous “Split Image,” new at No. 4, probably won’t be his last appearance on the list.... More...

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Thursday, 4 March, 2010

The word of Blair: a journey in and out of Downing Street on the back of an ass

In a pre-digested read, John Crace anticipates the former prime minister's memoir, The Journey, due out in September1. Gosh, well, bless you for leaving £25 in the collection. But as I look out the windows of my Buckinghamshire temple –... More...

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Thursday, 4 March, 2010

Evolutionary psychologists turn attention to romantic fiction

Darwinian mating instincts are apparently behind prevalence of cowboys and doctors in Harlequin's titlesWhy are women attracted to books with titles such as The Texas Billionaire's Pregnant Bride and The Nurse's Brooding Boss? It's because they portray the embodiment of... More...

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Thursday, 4 March, 2010

Tony Blair's memoirs to be published in September

Tony Blair: The Journey aims to 'describe the human as much as the political dimensions of life as prime minister'Tony Blair's memoirs, signed for an estimated £5m almost three years ago, will be published in September, Random House announced today,... More...

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Thursday, 4 March, 2010

Theodore Cross Dies at 86, a Champion of Civil Rights

Mr. Cross wrote on black empowerment, released two books of his photos of birds and once bid unsuccessfully for Harper & Row.... More...

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Thursday, 4 March, 2010

Books of The Times: Stand by Your Singer and Her Art

Jimmy McDonough’s portrait of the country singer Tammy Wynette achieves an intimacy that many biographers covet but few enjoy.... More...

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Thursday, 4 March, 2010

Book on Spitzer’s Downfall Sets Off Angry Replies

Eliot Spitzer called an account by his former senior adviser “self-serving and largely inaccurate.”... More...

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Thursday, 4 March, 2010

Blair's memoirs to be published in September

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Thursday, 4 March, 2010

Apps, children’s book publishers offer Read an E-Book Week specials

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Thursday, 4 March, 2010

Mills and Boon answer call of India's new middle class for English novels

Publishers predict India will become the world's biggest market for books in the English language within a decadeIn among the slightly decrepit halls and the rubbish strewn grass of New Delhi's Pragati Maidan conference halls is a stand decked in... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 3 March, 2010

The Very Hungry Caterpillar: an appreciation

The fact that Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar has come top of a list of popular bedtime stories, will come as no surprise to any parent who has ever sat and watched with delight as their tiny infant... More...

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Wednesday, 3 March, 2010

Ali Sparkes wins Blue Peter Book of the Year award

Frozen in Time, Ali Sparkes's novel of two children cryonically frozen for 50 years, wins Blue Peter prize for children's fictionAli Sparkes's novel Frozen in Time – the adventure of two children cryonically frozen for half-a-century and then returned to... More...

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Wednesday, 3 March, 2010

The Very Hungry Caterpillar voted best bedtime story

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle has been voted the best children's bedtime story ever written in a survey of parents.... More...

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Wednesday, 3 March, 2010

Former Pontins Bluecoat wins Blue Peter book of year

A former Pontins Bluecoat has won Blue Peter's book of the year for her adventure about two children suspended in time who are brought back to life in the modern world.... More...

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Wednesday, 3 March, 2010

Saudi Arabian writer Abdo Khal wins International prize for Arabic fiction

Abdo Khal's satirical Saudi Arabian novel Spewing Sparks as Big as Castles wins $60,000 'Arabic Booker'A satirical Saudi Arabian novel exploring the devastating effects of limitless wealth has won the International prize for Arabic fiction.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 3 March, 2010

Germaine Greer misunderstood women and was 'hopelessly idealistic'

Germaine Greer misunderstood women and her vision of female empowerment was 'hippie ideology' according to an attack by a fellow writer on the 40th anniversary of The Female Eunuch.... More...

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Wednesday, 3 March, 2010

Barry Hannah, Darkly Comic Writer, Dies at 67

Mr. Hannah was a writer who found wide acclaim with wild, darkly comic short stories and novels set in a phantasmagoric South moving at warp speed.... More...

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Wednesday, 3 March, 2010

'Germaine Greer? She has no idea what makes women tick,' says Nowra

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Wednesday, 3 March, 2010

'Germaine Greer? She has no idea what makes women tick,' says Nowra

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Wednesday, 3 March, 2010

Kindle bestsellers: 'Fantasy in Death,' 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks'

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Wednesday, 3 March, 2010

Tim Burton to produce 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' film

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Wednesday, 3 March, 2010

Books of The Times: A Look at the Snarled Past of Armenians and Turks

A deeply unconventional book about Armenians and Turkey that is as much memoir as proper history.... More...

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Tuesday, 2 March, 2010

Math of Publishing Meets the E-Book

E-books are cheaper to produce than print volumes, but consumers may not realize that expenses like overhead and royalties are still in effect, publishers say.... More...

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Tuesday, 2 March, 2010

Audiobooks provider unearths quirky classics for new range

Audible is publishing lesser-known classics, including Shusaku Endo's Silence, as audiobooks for the first timeA trio of titles by acclaimed Japanese author Shusaku Endo, who was described by Graham Greene as one of the finest writers of the 20th century,... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 2 March, 2010

Authors choose their favourite books of decade

Authors including Ian McEwan, Philip Pullman and Roddy Doyle have participated in a survey to find a 'writers' pick' of the past decade in booksZadie Smith and Cormac McCarthy have both scored well in a poll to find out which... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 2 March, 2010

'Shooting star' Barry Hannah dies aged 67

Award-winning author of nine novels and four short story collections passed away at home in Oxford, MississippiAcclaimed US author Barry Hannah, who won the William Faulkner award for his debut novel Geronimo Rex in 1972, died on Monday, age 67.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 2 March, 2010

Poland's ace reporter Ryszard Kapuscinski accused of fiction-writing

New book claims journalist repeatedly crossed boundary between reportage and fiction-writingHe has been voted the greatest journalist of the 20th century. In an unparalleled career, Ryszard Kapuscinski transformed the humble job of reporting into a literary art, chronicling the wars,... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 2 March, 2010

Publisher to Halt Printing of Disputed Hiroshima Book

The publisher of a book about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima whose author relied on a fraudulent source has said it will stop printing and shipping copies.... More...

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Monday, 1 March, 2010

Books of The Times: America’s Health Care Crisis Visits Families, and Stays

Lionel Shriver’s new book creates a harrowing picture of the fallout that the current health care and insurance system can have upon regular, middle-class families.... More...

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Monday, 1 March, 2010

Schools test 'interactive graphic novel' version of Macbeth

Classical Comics is set to launch a multimedia version of the play for children and teenagers, featuring the voices of Juliet Stevenson and Derek JacobiThe latest attempt to get an audience of multimedia-savvy schoolchildren and teens engaged with Shakespeare is... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 1 March, 2010

Emmerich to tackle Shakespeare next

Anonymous, the new project by 2012 and Independence Day director Roland Emmerich, posits the 17th Earl of Oxford as the real author of the Bard's worksRonald Emmerich likes throwing punches at big targets. He subjected planet Earth to alien attack... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 1 March, 2010

Jewish Book Week: You don't have to be Jewish

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Monday, 1 March, 2010

Yann Martel takes break from lobbying PM to promote new novel

Having sent Canadian premier Stephen Harper a book every fortnight since 2007, the Booker winner is putting his campaign on hold to concentrate on the launch of Beatrice and VirgilSeventy-six books and three years after Yann Martel began his quest... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 1 March, 2010

Books of The Times: Exotic Creatures and the Humans Who Chase Them

Danielle Trussoni’s first novel is a class-obsessed, scholarship-spouting, minutiae-strewn thrill ride that follows the “Da Vinci Code” model as loftily as it can.... More...

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Monday, 1 March, 2010

Arts, Briefly: Brown Professor Wins History Prize

The historian Gordon S. Wood won the American History Book Prize last week for “Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815.”... More...

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Monday, 1 March, 2010

February best-selling books on Amazon (UK and US)

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Monday, 1 March, 2010

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