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A journalist takes on China in ‘Boat Rocker’

“The Boat Rocker” By Ha Jin Pantheon (240 pages, $25.95) “You’re like a little turtle attempting to rock a boat shared by two huge countries.” Hence the title of Ha Jin’s “The Boat Rocker,...

Updated : 2016.11.09 15:24

James Buchanan resonates in current climate

“Enough Said” By Mark Thompson St. Martin’s (342 pages, $27.99) “Worst. President. Ever” By Robert Strauss Lyons (257 pages, $26.95) The United States of America is a place made of words. ...

Updated : 2016.11.09 15:16

Belafonte, Mantel among this year’s ‘Library Lions’

NEW YORK (AP) -- Being named a “Library Lion” by the New York Public Library was one of Harry Belafonte’s easier awards. “I was pleasantly surprised when I learned about this,” the activist and ente...

Updated : 2016.11.08 14:54

In ‘Truevine,’ complex tale of racial exploitation, dogged reporting

"Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South” By Beth Macy Little, Brown and Company (432 pages, $28) Beth Macy started hearing the stories bac...

Updated : 2016.11.03 17:05

Jean Kennedy Smith writes of childhood in famous political family

“The Nine of Us” By Jean Kennedy Smith Harper (272 pages, $29.99) Jean Kennedy Smith takes comfort in memory in her new book, “The Nine of Us: Growing Up Kennedy.” Now 88, the last of her pare...

Updated : 2016.11.03 17:03

Al Capone bio suffers from acceptance of relatives' stories as fact

“Capone” By Deirdre Bair Nan A. Talese/Doubleday (395 pages, $30) Go into any souvenir store on a touristy Chicago street and behold the man: Al Capone. His visage will adorn T-shirts, refrigera...

Updated : 2016.11.03 16:59

Accepting award, Murakami warns against excluding outsiders

TOKYO (AP) - Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami warned against excluding outsiders and rewriting history as he accepted the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award. Murakami spoke Sunday in Odense, ...

Updated : 2016.11.01 13:16

Dylan tells Swedish Academy he accepts Nobel Prize

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Bob Dylan has accepted the 2016 Nobel Prize for literature, the Swedish Academy said, adding that getting the prestigious award left him “speechless.‘’ The academy's perm...

Updated : 2016.10.30 18:12

What happened when Nadia got pregnant?

“The Mothers” By Brit Bennett Riverhead (278 pages, $26) The Mothers of Upper Room Chapel are worried about the future: “Anyone knows a church is only as good as its women, and when we all pass...

Updated : 2016.10.26 17:19

Memoir of ‘Glamour and Dysfunction’

“Scream: A Memoir of Glamour and Dysfunction” By Tama Janowitz Dey Street Books (304 pages, $25.99) When author Tama Janowitz was 15 years old, her pothead father suggested she enter a wet T-shi...

Updated : 2016.10.26 17:15

New biography explores real-life Victorian horror behind Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’

“Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man who Wrote ‘Dracula’” By David J. Skal Liveright (652 pages, $35) Several years ago, I read the book “Dracula” for the first ...

Updated : 2016.10.26 11:28

MacArthur and Truman face off in H.W. Brands’ new history

After nearly seven decades, it is easy to forget the fierce, frantic terrors of the early Cold War. Despite victory in World War II, America had lost its nuclear monopoly because of Soviet spies, wa...

Updated : 2016.10.26 11:23

Beatty becomes first US author to win Man Booker Prize

LONDON (AFP) -- Paul Beatty has become the first US author to win the Man Booker Prize for his novel “The Sellout,” which the novelist said should not be read as a “mono-directional” take on race...

Updated : 2016.10.26 11:20

Oxford says Shakespeare will share credit for Henry VI

LONDON (AP) - The Bard was not a solo act. Oxford University Press’ new edition of William Shakespeare’s works will credit Christopher Marlowe as co-author of the three Henry VI plays, underscorin...

Updated : 2016.10.25 16:32

Highlands murder tale tipped for Booker Prize win

EDINBURGH (AFP) -- A tale of murder and class warfare in the Scottish Highlands by a little-known novelist is one of the favorites to win this year's Booker Prize for literature on Tuesday. “His Blo...

Updated : 2016.10.24 14:35