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Tragedy, hope and a little magic mix in 'Faithful'

“Faithful” By Alice Hoffman Simon & Schuster (272 pages, $26) Shelby is that girl in high school -- the smart one who seems popular and happy when basking in the reflected glow of her best frien...

Updated : 2016.11.16 14:59

How electric guitar came to dominate music world

“Play It Loud” By Brad Tolinski and Alan di Perna Doubleday (379 pages, $26.95) The scream of the electric guitar was the dominant soundtrack of the 20th century. First developed to provide lou...

Updated : 2016.11.16 14:57

Charming stories of English village life in 'Notwithstanding'

“Notwithstanding” By Louis de Bernieres Vintage (372 pages, $16) “Notwithstanding,” the new collection of 22 short stories from Louis de Bernieres, is utterly charming. And, no, that’s not da...

Updated : 2016.11.16 14:40

Short, masterful take on Hitchcock's life and works

“Alfred Hitchcock: A Brief Life” By Peter Ackroyd Doubleday (276 pages, $26.95) There are days when an 800-page biography of some fascinating person is just what we want to dive into. And then, ...

Updated : 2016.11.16 14:34

In ‘Mister Monkey,’ solo voices create harmony

“Mister Monkey” By Francine Prose Harper (285 pages, $26.99) Francine Prose’s “Mister Monkey,” a novel about a very bad musical, leaves you with the feeling you have after watching a really g...

Updated : 2016.11.09 15:27

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