Monthly Archives: July 2011

Book for the beach

From Jeremy Kohler of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “The Coffins of Little Hope” by Timothy Shaffert Unbridled (262 pages, $24.95) “The Coffins of Little Hope” is great summer reading — a lazy river that carries you away and drops you … Continue reading

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New nonfiction to try

Following are a few books reviewed by the New York Times recently. To see more, visit www.nytimes.com. “The Idea of America, Reflections on the Birth of the United States” by Gordon S. Wood — A collection of 11 essays that … Continue reading

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Lady Gaga to release book of photographs

From the Associated Press: Lady Gaga will release a book of photographs with fashion photographer Terry Richardson. Grand Central Publishing announced Thursday that it will release the book, “Lady Gaga,” on Nov. 22. The publisher said the book will include … Continue reading

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Linda Ronstadt to write memoir

From the Associated Press: Linda Ronstadt broke barriers for women as one of the top-selling artists of her generation, and she’s going to detail how she did it in a new memoir for Simon & Schuster. The book publisher announced … Continue reading

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New titles bolster sagging publishing industry

From McClatchy Newspapers: Jaycee Lee Dugard’s memoir, “A Stolen Life,” has been zipping off bookstore shelves since its release in mid-July. Orders for new copies from Amazon.com are taking up to two months to fill. If that wait is too … Continue reading

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“The Covenant” by James A. Michener

When you pick up a book by James Michener, you know you are in for the long haul — this book is 1,235 pages in paperback — but you also know that you will learn a lot about the history … Continue reading

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New books

A brief look at new releases: “Love in Mid Air” by Kim Wright Grand Central Publishing (320 pages, $13.99) A chance encounter on an airplane leads a woman to embark on a risky affair, putting her marriage and reputation in … Continue reading

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Genre writers name their winners

From Allen Pierleoni of McClatchy Newspapers When it comes to who’s reading what, book industry experts agree that popular fiction also called genre fiction has the widest audience. No surprise. Within that, the two biggest categories are romance and mystery-thriller. … Continue reading

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‘At Home in the Heart of Appalachia’ by John O’Brien

I picked up “At Home in the Heart of Appalachia” by John O’Brien on a whim at a library book sale. I’d volunteered with the Appalachian Service Project, a home-repair ministry, all four summers when I was in high school, … Continue reading

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Barnes, Hollinghurst top Man Booker Prize longlist

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Julian Barnes’ “The Sense of an Ending” and Alan Hollinghurst’s “The Stranger’s Child” top the 13 books on the longlist for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, probably the most discussed prize given annually for … Continue reading

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