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James Patterson is on a mission to #saveourbooks

“There’s no evidence at this stage that the great books in our culture can be produced through the Internet right now,” says best-selling writer James Patterson. “If the equivalent of ‘Ulysses’ ...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:29

Author details harsh toll of Alzheimer’s on caregivers

Meryl Comer probably couldn’t tell you the most harrowing moment of her journey through Alzheimer’s. Maybe it happened before her husband Harvey’s diagnosis, when he brandished a carving knife at T...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:28

‘Five’ by Ursula Archer is intriguing crime fiction

FiveBy Ursula Archer(Minotaur)Geocaching ― the contemporary treasure hunt in which a GPS is used to find hidden objects ― lends itself to an intriguing melding of a gripping police procedural and an...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:27

‘Three-Body Problem’ a compelling sci-fi journey

The Three-Body ProblemBy Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu(Tor)If you delight in science fiction that delivers the shock and thrill of something strange, Cixin Liu’s “The Three-Body Problem” is your...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:27

‘Killer Heels’ looks at history of high heels

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled ShoeEdited by Lisa Small(DelMonico Books-Prestel)Shakespeare mentions high heels in “Hamlet,” former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised them and fashio...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:27

‘Red Tent’ author tells of immigrant life in America

The Boston GirlBy Anita Diamant(Scribner)Best-selling author Anita Diamant is having a moment. Her first novel, 1997’s beloved “The Red Tent,” has been made into a two-night Lifetimeminiseries.Now,...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:23

Booyoung chairman publishes history book

Lee Joong-keun, chairman of South Korea’s leading construction company Booyoung Group, has compiled a history book about Korea’s post-independence period.“Independence, 1,775 Days” chronologically...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:21

Autobiography shows writer’s world, growth

At least three different kinds of readers will find “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography” a fascinating book: fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” stories, literary gossips, and wr...

Updated : 2014.12.11 20:34

Fascinating look at U.S. diplomacy

Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American DiplomacyBy Christopher R. Hill (Simon & Schuster)Chris Hill, in my opinion, was one of the two smartest American diplomats of his generation. The other, B...

Updated : 2014.12.11 20:33

For Cheryl Strayed, writing ‘Wild’ was just the beginning

The big checks started coming in about nine months after “Wild” hit bookshelves and started its climb to the top of The New York Times best-seller’s list. To Oprah’s Book Club. And, as of this com...

Updated : 2014.12.11 20:32

Puppies shake for memorable photos

Shake PuppiesBy Carli Davidson (Harper Design)This much cuteness should be a crime.Photographer Carli Davidson ― also an animal rights activist, pet foster parent and trainer who lives in Portland, ...

Updated : 2014.12.11 20:30

‘Us’ tackles domestic battleground

UsBy David Nicholls (Harper)David Nicholls’ engaging new novel is not the sort of serious, weighty fiction that often wins the Man Booker Prize, though it made the longlist for 2014. This year, that...

Updated : 2014.12.11 20:29

The dead are all around us in ‘Rooms’

“Rooms”By Lauren Oliver (Ecco)Lauren Oliver, author of the young adult best-selling Delirium trilogy, turns triumphantly to adult fiction with her latest, “Rooms,” a haunted house story of fine m...

Updated : 2014.12.11 20:29

On translating the work of Jules Verne

He was neither an engineer nor a scientist. But he participated in the most groundbreaking science and technology establishments of this generation. He was a dreamer with inspirations and a prophet wh...

Updated : 2014.12.10 20:56

‘There Was and There Was Not’ crosses Turkish-Armenian divide

At the Armenian-American camp Meline Toumani attended each summer in Massachusetts, she and her fellow campers knew exactly what bonded them as a people. And no, it wasn’t just their adult-sized nose...

Updated : 2014.12.04 21:01