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Study of body-mind mysteries wins Wellcome Book Prize

LONDON (AP) -- Neurologist Suzanne O’Sullivan won the medically themed Wellcome Book Prize on Monday with “It’s All in Your Head,” an exploration of the mysteries of psychosomatic illness. O’Sullivan beat five other finalists to take the 30,000 pound ($43,000) prize, which aims to br...

Updated : 2016.04.27 15:20

Irish writer O’Connor and the strange music of unhappy families

TOULOUSE, France (AFP) - When the Irish novelist Joseph O’Connor reads his books aloud he almost sings them. Like his sister, the singer Sinead O’Connor, he is forever searching for “musicality.” ...

Updated : 2016.04.27 11:55

‘A seder goes hilariously wrong in author Brenda Janowitz’s novel

“The Dinner Party”  By Brenda Janowitz St. Martin’s Griffin (288 pages, $15.99 paper) Sylvia Gold, an upwardly mobile doctor’s wife in Greenwich, Conn., is in a tizzy. Her overachiever med stud...

Updated : 2016.04.27 11:45

Polish women prisoners of Nazi camp were no lilacs

“Lilac Girls”  By Martha Hall Kelly  Ballantine Books (496 pages, $26) Martha Hall Kelly stumbled on the idea that would lead to her debut novel, “Lilac Girls,” when she decided to take a tour ...

Updated : 2016.04.27 11:43

Miami author bakes her way through life

“Life without a Recipe”  By Diana Abu-Jaber Norton (272 pages, $26.95) Diana Abu-Jaber has spent years carving out a life as a successful writer, struggling to reconcile the competing voices in h...

Updated : 2016.04.27 11:42

Millennium sequel to be written in American detective fiction style

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Swedish author David Lagercrantz, who took over the Millennium crime series from the late Stieg Larsson, said the fifth book will be written in a straight-talking style popularized by Raymond Chandler. But in an interview with the Swedish daily newspaper DN published Tue...

Updated : 2016.04.21 11:49

Beverly Cleary at 100: A salute

When we first meet Ramona Quimby, she’s only 4 years old and already showing signs of greatness. She can secretly summon 15 friends to her house without her mother suspecting a thing -- at least unt...

Updated : 2016.04.20 14:42

‘Love will always win,’ says Syrian artist whose graphic novel tells of war’s hell

PARIS (AFP) - Two nights after the Paris attacks in November, a young couple stripped to their waists and kissed in the rain on the Place de la Republique as crowds gathered to grieve and share their ...

Updated : 2016.04.20 14:28

An intricate novella of the mundane, the otherwordly

“Springtime: A Ghost Story”  By Michelle de Kretser Catapult (85 pages, $11.95) Disturbing ripples run through this novella from an award-winning Sri Lankan author who grew up in Australia. We jo...

Updated : 2016.04.20 14:22

Understated novel observes family dynamics

“Miller’s Valley”  By Anna Quindlen Random House (257 pages, $28) When society’s volume seems cranked to 11, there’s something to be said about a quiet book. Understated almost to a fault, Ann...

Updated : 2016.04.20 14:21

Novelist Han Kang shortlisted for Man Booker Prize

Korean writer Han Kang has been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize for her novel “The Vegetarian,” becoming the first Korean writer to be considered for the prestigious literary acco...

Updated : 2016.04.14 14:42

New book offers comprehensive study of Dokdo sovereignty

The territorial dispute between Korea and Japan over Dokdo Islets in the East Sea, dates back to the Russo-Japanese War of 1904, explains Park Hyun-jin in his new book, “A Study of Dokdo Sovereignty,...

Updated : 2016.04.13 17:17

[New Books] Pervading sense of passivity dominates ‘The Hole’

 “The Hole”  By Pyun Hye-young  Moonji Publishing (210 pages, 13,000 won, $11)  After a devastating car accident, 40-something university professor Oh-gi wakes up to find his wife dead and his ...

Updated : 2016.04.13 17:14

[New Books] Veteran TV reporter releases coverage of his own life

“And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East”  By Richard Engel Simon & Schuster (241 pages, $27) In his 20 years of reporting from some of the most volatile hot spots in the Mi...

Updated : 2016.04.13 17:12

[New Books] Essays on the endings of well-known writers

“Final Chapters: How Famous Authors Died” By Jim Bernhard Skyhorse Publishing (296 pages, $14.99 paperback) A person’s life is always more important than his or her death -- but no one reads an ...

Updated : 2016.04.13 17:07