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Bernhard Schlink: Two Koreas should be the victors

The biggest mistake Germany made during reunification is that one side was the victor, while the other was the defeated, according to a prominent German writer and thinker. German novelist Bernhard Sc...

Updated : 2014.10.23 20:39

Lena Dunham connects with her many ‘awesome’ fans in Seattle

When she is standing before you, in the still eye of the pop-culture hurricane she has inhabited for several years now, you realize Lena Dunham is just like any young woman who fusses with her hair, l...

Updated : 2014.10.23 20:31

‘Without You, There Is No Us’ a vivid account of six months in Pyongyang

For a country as closed and intimidating as North Korea is, the number of memoirs by people who briefly lived there is surprisingly large ― at least one a year since 2000, according to a list by the ...

Updated : 2014.10.23 20:30

‘Gray Mountain’ will please Grisham fans

Gray MountainBy John Grisham (Doubleday)John Grisham has been writing legal thrillers and dramas that resonate with readers for almost 25 years, and his latest continues the theme of ordinary people ...

Updated : 2014.10.23 20:29

‘Superstorm’ finds narrative in Sandy’s wrath

SuperstormBy Kathryn Miles (Dutton)It’s been a weak hurricane season in the Atlantic so far, with little to worry U.S. coastal residents, but any forecaster will tell you: It only takes one storm to...

Updated : 2014.10.23 20:29

‘Tinseltown’ revels in salacious detail

Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine and Madness at the Dawn of HollywoodBy William J. Mann (HarperCollins)There’s nothing like a whodunit. It’s even better if it’s a true life one with a believable solut...

Updated : 2014.10.23 20:28

Hiaasen woos young adult readers

Skink ― No SurrenderBy Carl Hiaasen (Knopf)Incisive social commentary akin to Jonathan Swift’s, wrapped in a sly wit and capitalizing on the “only in Florida” goings-on have won Carl Hiaasen legi...

Updated : 2014.10.23 20:28

Compelling study of Dylan’s later life

The second installment of Ian Bell’s two-part biography of Bob Dylan, “Time Out of Mind,” is a compelling, focused examination of the latter half of the elusive singer-songwriter’s life and career...

Updated : 2014.10.16 20:25

Chicago and ‘The Birth of the Pill’

Chicago journalist Jonathan Eig got the idea for his new book, “The Birth of the Pill,” from a sermon his rabbi gave many years ago.“He was claiming the (birth control) pill was a bigger deal than ...

Updated : 2014.10.16 20:23

Couple finds lost spark in ‘Brightwell’

Murder at the BrightwellBy Ashley Weaver (Minotaur)At the heart of this light, energetic tale of a group of wealthy eccentrics on holiday at a seaside resort in England emerges a story of a marriage....

Updated : 2014.10.16 20:21

‘Truth Be Told’ has romance, humor

Truth Be ToldBy Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)Hank Phillippi Ryan’s latest entry to feature investigative reporter Jane Ryland showcases the author’s ability to balance humor, gripping drama, romance ...

Updated : 2014.10.16 20:21

New history of ‘Star Wars’

How Star Wars Conquered the UniverseBy Chris Taylor (Basic Books)“How Star Wars Conquered The Universe” by Chris Taylor is an immensely readable look at the worldwide impact of the “Star Wars” sa...

Updated : 2014.10.16 20:20

Australia’s Flanagan wins Booker fiction prize

LONDON (AP) ― Australian writer Richard Flanagan won the Booker Prize on Tuesday with a visceral book about wartime brutality and its aftermath ― a novel the head of the judging team said was as pow...

Updated : 2014.10.15 20:35

Choi In-ho’s novel published in English

The late beloved Korean novelist Choi In-ho (1945-2013)’s novel “Another Man’s City” was published in English in the United States this week. “Another Man’s City” is the author’s last full-len...

Updated : 2014.10.15 20:35

Finding home in words: Book club serves homeless

MADISON, Wisconsin ― Sipping coffee and nibbling slices of cake, book club members paged through tattered copies of Alice Walker’s novel “Meridian” and discussed the death imagery throughout the f...

Updated : 2014.10.15 20:24