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“Today Will Be Different” By Maria Semple Little, Brown (336 pages, $27) Maria Semple understands women on the verge -- she just likes to have a little fun at their (our?) expense. She’s empath...

Updated : 2016.10.12 16:02

More irresistible tails from a cat-loving man

“Close Encounters of the Furred Kind: New Adventures with My Sad Cat & Other Feline Friends” By Tom Cox Thomas Dunne (265 pages, $24.99) Fans of cat man Tom Cox and his merry band of pets can re...

Updated : 2016.10.12 16:00

How pianist Van Cliburn captured Russian hearts

“Moscow Nights” By Nigel Cliff Harper (452 pages, $28.99) In 1958, at the height of the Cold War, a gangly young Texan with an impressive mop of blond curls and an aw-shucks manner traveled to t...

Updated : 2016.10.12 15:51

Nicholas Sparks debuts 20th novel, “Two By Two”

“Two By Two” By Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing) In 1996, Nicholas Sparks introduced the world to Allie and Noah in his best-selling novel “The Notebook.” Their story became an overn...

Updated : 2016.10.12 15:14

Caroline Leavitt writes of off-kilter ’60s America

For fans of Emma Cline’s best-selling debut “The Girls,” Caroline Leavitt’s “Cruel Beautiful World” offers another opportunity to spend time in the wild, off-kilter America of the late 1960s, t...

Updated : 2016.10.12 15:11

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem talks about life on the road

Gloria Steinem was under the weather. Her famously level gaze that for decades could silently convey “Really?” looked only weary as she sipped pomegranate juice to ease a cough. Always svelte, St...

Updated : 2016.10.12 14:33

Korean writer, translator launch US book tour

As part of a move to help promote Korean literature abroad, the Literature Translation Institute of Korea is hosting book launch events in various US cities. The books to be unveiled are Bae Su-ah’...

Updated : 2016.10.05 15:56

Poetry of life’s paradoxes in ‘Belly Button Disc’

“Whether the cow is brown, black or spotted, its milk is all white,” Kim Dong-ho muses in “White Milk,” included in his newly published compilation of translated poems “Belly Button Disc.” The...

Updated : 2016.10.05 15:54

A writer’s wisdom of the ages -- at 60

“Sixty: A Diary of My Sixty-First Year: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning?” By Ian Brown The Experiment (320 pages, $24.95) As a cranky wit and a wondrous observer, Ian Brown...

Updated : 2016.10.05 14:38

Pulitzer prize journalist takes on Donald Trump

Over an election season dominated by blatant flip-flops and lofty claims, there is one position that Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump has stood by firmly: He hates the media. But his ...

Updated : 2016.10.05 14:29

Mark Seliger takes on the unsung in book of trans portraits

NEW YORK (AP) -- Nearly 50 years have passed since police raided New York’s Stonewall Inn, touching off protests on Christopher Street that fueled the LGBT movement. To mark the moment, the popular...

Updated : 2016.10.05 14:19

The farm boy Oscar Wilde of fashion sends up its follies

PARIS (AFP) - He's an Instagram-era Oscar Wilde, the chronicler of fashion world follies whose little red book has become a must-have accessory as anything on the Paris catwalk. Loic Prigent’s “I Lo...

Updated : 2016.10.05 14:14

Indian author Roy announces second novel after 20-year gap

NEW DELHI (AFP) -- Indian author Arundhati Roy announced on Monday that her second novel will be published in 2017 -- 20 years after she won the Booker Prize for her debut one. Roy, an activist and ...

Updated : 2016.10.04 14:03

Writers' privacy row erupts as Italy's Ferrante unmasked

ROME (AFP) -- One of literature’s most talked-about mysteries appeared to have been cracked Monday with the unmasking of the identity of the Italian publishing sensation Elena Ferrante. In its wake,...

Updated : 2016.10.04 13:58

Chicago blogger Luvvie Ajayi offers wit, wisdom in new book ‘I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual’

“I’m Judging You” By Luvvie Ajayi Henry Holt (256 pages, $17) The wit of culture blogger Luvvie Ajayi (AwesomelyLuvvie.com) has earned her quite the following. She has been called upon by the ...

Updated : 2016.09.28 13:51