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Winfrey picks Whitehead novel for book club

NEW YORK (AP) - Oprah Winfrey has a new book club pick, Colson Whitehead's “The Underground Railroad,” a historical novel that imagines the network of safe houses and passages that helped slaves es...

Updated : 2016.08.03 17:51

Deep into the mind of a psychopath

“The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror” By Joyce Carol Oates Mysterious Press (336 pages, $24) When not writing fat, complicated novels that are some of the finest of our time, the ever-prol...

Updated : 2016.08.03 17:46

Exploring 1950s New York in ‘Three-Martini Lunch’

“Three-Martini Lunch” By Suzanne Rindell Putnam (512 pages, $27) “Nobody ever became a writer by just wanting to be one.” This terse advice by F. Scott Fitzgerald sets the scene for a compelli...

Updated : 2016.08.03 17:44

Negotiation with North Korea inevitable, writes policy expert Clemens

"North Korea and the World" by Walter C. Clemens Jr. (University Press of Kentucky) “North Korea and the World” By Walter C. Clemens Jr. University Press of Kentucky (443 pages, $39.95) North K...

Updated : 2016.08.03 17:38

Panty lines and prom-posals: 'Inside Amy Schumer' writer Jessi Klein on invented problems

There’s a great scene in Jessi Klein’s new book, in which she is backstage at the Emmy Awards last year with her just-won statue -- and her breast pump. “On a professional level, it felt really g...

Updated : 2016.08.03 17:33

Renowned Korean poet’s works translated to English for first time

A collection of works by renowned poet Jeong Ho-seung, often referred to as “Koreans’ favorite poet,” has been translated into English for the first time. Brother Anthony, professor emeritus at S...

Updated : 2016.08.03 17:30

Top-selling edition of Constitution by conservative press

NEW YORK (AP) - Since Khizr Khan held up a copy of the U.S. Constitution last week at the Democratic National Convention and offered to lend it to Republican nominee Donald Trump, sales for the gover...

Updated : 2016.08.03 17:14

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