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Duty and dreams in ‘Light of Paris’

“The Light of Paris” By Eleanor Brown G.P. Putnam’s Sons (320 pages, $26) Macalester alumna Eleanor Brown’s second novel (her first was the delightful best-seller “The Weird Sisters”) recapi...

Updated : 2016.07.27 13:38

‘The Invoice,’ refreshingly original satire

“The Invoice” By Jonas Karlsson, translated from Swedish by Neil Smith Hogarth Press (204 pages, $24) The narrator of Jonas Karlsson’s “The Invoice” is a nice, mild guy. He works part-time in...

Updated : 2016.07.27 13:35

Contradictory rules that rule China

“5 Keys to Understanding China” By Ryu Jae-yun Seoul Selection (268 pages, 14,800 won, $13) Author Ryu Jae-yun says when managing business agreements in China, you might encounter instances when...

Updated : 2016.07.27 13:34

‘Sarong Party Girls’ takes an exciting plunge into the lives of modern Singaporean women

Pineapple tarts. The thought of those flaky butter cookies topped with pineapple jam made Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan’s stomach churn. She craved the taste of them. And she had a hunger for home. It was ear...

Updated : 2016.07.27 13:17

Tim LaHaye, author of “Left Behind” end-times novels, dies

The Rev. Tim LaHaye, coauthor of the “Left Behind” series, a multimillion-selling literary juggernaut that brought end-times prophecy into mainstream bookstores, died Monday. He was 90. LaHaye die...

Updated : 2016.07.27 13:11

Heroine packs a comic punch

“Someone Please Have Sex With Me” By Gina Wynbrandt 2dcloud Comics & Graphic Novels (140 pages, $17.95) A girl and her Justin Bieber crush don’t exactly sound like the sort of material that dar...

Updated : 2016.07.21 10:13

'The Big Book of Science Fiction' a portal to endless reading pleasure

"The Big Book of Science Fiction" Edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer; Vintage (1,216 pages, $25) Surprisingly, the literary spirit that haunts Ann and Jeff Vandermeer's massive new anthology, "The ...

Updated : 2016.07.21 10:09

Nick Offerman finds the voice of Tom Sawyer

If you imagine Nick Offerman is a real-life version of Ron Swanson, the mustachioed, macho character on “Parks and Recreation,” think again. Sure, he likes the outdoors, and yes, he has a wood shop...

Updated : 2016.07.20 15:38

Gay Ecuadorian author overcomes barriers and publishes novel

NEW YORK (AP) -- As a deaf and gay student in Ecuador, Cesar Baquerizo was bullied and a victim of societal prejudice. Now, after five years of writing, Pen Name Publishing has released his first no...

Updated : 2016.07.20 15:32

Philadelphia honors children's book illustrator, native son

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Celebrated children’s book illustrator Jerry Pinkney received some brotherly love Tuesday in his hometown, where he was honored for his career achievements. Pinkney, whose drawi...

Updated : 2016.07.20 15:30

‘Twilight’ author writes spy thriller ‘The Chemist’

NEW YORK (AP) – “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer's next novel is a thriller, without vampires. Little, Brown and Co. announced Tuesday that “The Chemist” will be published Nov. 15. The company says...

Updated : 2016.07.20 15:27

Crime is stranger than fiction

“Murder at the 42nd Street Library” By Con Lehane; Minotaur (320 pages, $25.99) The beautiful and iconic New York Public Library on 42nd Street in Manhattan -- with its stone lions in front, mul...

Updated : 2016.07.13 15:30

The good, the bad, the difficult

“Dinner With Edward” By Isabel Vincent Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (213 pages, $23.95) Isabel Vincent's marriage was on the verge of ending when a friend introduced her to Edward, a man whose...

Updated : 2016.07.13 15:29

Honest observations on farming life

“Dear County Agent Guy” By Jerry Nelson Workman (207 pages, $14.95) I should have seen this coming, seen that Jerry Nelson's essays about farming weren’t quite what they seemed. I' a farmer’s ...

Updated : 2016.07.13 15:28

‘Hamilton: The Revolution’: How a hip-hop Broadway musical became an American obsession

"Hamilton: The Revolution,” by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter. (Amazon-TNS) “Hamilton: The Revolution” By Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter Grand Central Publishing (288 pages, $40...

Updated : 2016.07.13 15:03