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More than 250 authors, editors, agents, professors and others in the American literary community signed an open letter last week opposing any publisher that signs book deals with President Donald Trump or members of his administration. Former DC Comics president Paul Levitz, journalist Sarah Weinman and "Little Fires Everywhere" author Celeste Ng are among signatories to the letter, written by ...

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, Jan. 9, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2020 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2020, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi. Charles Soule. Del Rey ...

In the 1978 novel "The Turner Diaries," an underground revolutionary group of self-proclaimed patriots known as "the Organization" attacks the U.S. Capitol. A car bombing of FBI headquarters kills hundreds. In "The Day of the Rope," members of "the Organization" publicly hang members of Congress, journalists and others they deem traitors. The goal, of course: to overthrow a federal government ...

"A Stranger at the Door" by Jason Pinter; Thomas & Mercer (392 pages, $15.95) ——— Jason Pinter confidently delivers a solid police procedural and an emotional domestic thriller in the outstanding “A Stranger at the Door,” his second novel about Rachel Marin, a single mother of two who works as a forensic consultant to the police in Ashby, Illinois. “A Stranger at the Door” strikes an ...

It's a new year, and time for hope and self-examination and ... maybe some new books? Visit your local bookstore and wish them well for 2021 — and don't miss that new-in-paperback table, which might hold these recommended titles and many more. "A Beautiful Crime" by Christopher Bollen (HarperCollins, $16.99). "What makes the crime in Bollen's stylish new novel so beautiful is that the perps' ...

For more than 25 years, millions of people have awakened and grabbed not their phones, but paper, filling stream-of-consciousness "Morning Pages" — a creativity-boosting ritual first prescribed in author Julia Cameron's breakthrough book, "The Artist's Way." (The book has sold more than 5 million copies.) Now, Cameron has published "The Listening Path," which lays out a six-week method of ...

Robert Jones Jr. liked to jump double Dutch outside the Brooklyn home he grew up in. But his grandfather, a staunch follower of the Nation of Islam, forbade it. He wasn't even allowed to be afraid. Men don't fear, his grandfather believed. "He presented a very particular and stringent type of masculinity that did not have a lot of room for me," Jones, now 49, said. And the Christians in his ...

If you’re still searching for a sliver of good news to take away from 2020 — good news that bridges partisan divisions, cultural chasms and pandemic procedures — consider this tidbit: We are all probably reading way more books these days. In fact, according to NPD BookScan, sales of print books climbed nearly 10 percent in the past 12 months. Sure, a majority of those sales went to ...

"The Rib King" by Ladee Hubbard; Amistad (384 pages, $27.99) ——— Until recently — so recently it’s shameful to think about it — the smiling faces of Black servants like Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima were a long-accepted way to market food and other domestic products. Few consumers wondered what the stories behind those faces might be. In her terrific new novel, "The Rib King," Ladee Hubbard looks ...

“Black Firsts: 500 Years of Trailblazing Achievements and Ground-Breaking Events” by Jessie Carney Smith; Visible Ink Press (704 pages; $29.95) ––– It’s painful being a pioneer. “Black Firsts: 500 Years of Trailblazing Achievements and Ground-Breaking Events” is a proud celebration of Black success. But its thousands of entries – groundbreakers in every field – often come with nagging ...

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, Jan. 2, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2020 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2020, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Vanishing Half. Brit Bennett. Riverhead 2. The Invisible Life of ...

With the Georgia runoff elections nearly in the rearview mirror, voting-rights champion Stacey Abrams has another major date on the horizon: the release of her latest novel. That's right: Before the Fair Fight Action founder played a major role in flipping Georgia blue for both the presidential and ongoing Senate runoff elections, she wrote a Supreme Court thriller titled "While Justice ...

Lil Nas X is truly a man of his generation. With this week’s release of his new children’s book, the social media-savvy, history-making Billboard chart-topper pleaded with fans to purchase “C is For Country” in order to pay his rent. “MY CHILDREN’S BOOK “C IS FOR COUNTRY” IS OUT NOW!!!! GO GET IT PLEASE I REALLY NEED TO PAY MY RENT!,” Lil Nas X tweeted Tuesday. Turns out that the hilarious ...

PITTSBURGH — Imagine wanting to complete an important task but not having the ability to do it because of personal limitations when, unexpectedly, a friend offers assistance. But why would that person volunteer to help? Because that's what friends do. "That's What Friends Do" is also the title of a recently published children's book by Cantor Steven Stoehr that aims to instill the importance ...

PHILADELPHIA — Rasheedah Phillips has learned a lot of ways of looking at time. "Time is very subjective," explained Phillips, a Philadelphia-based Afrofuturist artist and researcher whose survey questions about time and memory are included in the new anthology "Black Futures," featuring the work of more than 100 esteemed Black creatives in the U.S. and abroad. "Time is very cultural," said ...

"My Autobiography of Carson McCullers" by Jenn Shapland; Tin House Books (266 pages, $22.95) ——— This winter, if you read just one book that seems to be a biography but turns into an autobiography and is really about the writer clarifying her identity as a lesbian, I don't know what to tell you because "Why Fish Don't Exist" is sensational but so is "My Autobiography of Carson McCullers." Jenn ...

Almost as prolific a writer as he is a decorator, Carleton Varney has penned his 37th book, "Romance & Rhododendrons: My Love Affair with America's Resort, The Greenbrier." Varney arrived at The Greenbrier in the early 1960s to work with his mentor, Dorothy Draper. "I did everything from vacuum the floors to listen to Dorothy pontificate," he recalled, laughing. The resort in White Sulphur ...

The stories are different, but the themes come through clearly — deprivation, family, patriotism and faith. Some 617 stories, many from the Great Depression and World War II, were gathered by one man who took 14 years to drive 113,000 miles over North Dakota's gravel roads and paved highways to every town in the state — from Abercrombie to Zeeland, from the Red River Valley to the western ...

Put on your sunglasses, folks. It's a shiny new year out there. Say what you will about 2020, it was a great year for books. How's 2021 looking? Here are some titles we are looking forward to in the first four months. "The Great Gatsby: A Graphic Novel Adaptation," by K. Woodman- Maynard (Candlewick, Jan. 5) Woodman-Maynard, a Minnesota graphic designer, has woven excerpts from F. Scott ...

"Uncollected Stories of Allan Gurganus" by Allan Gurganus; Liveright (240 pages, $25.95) For some readers, plot is the most important element of fiction. Others focus on setting, description, prose style, character. I care about all those things, but I must confess that what I respond to first and last is voice: the personality of the narrative, the sense that a distinct individual is speaking ...

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, Dec. 26, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2020 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2020, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. A Time for Mercy. John Grisham. Doubleday 2. Ready Player Two. Ernest ...

“Prohibition New York City: Speakeasy Queen Texas Guinan, Blind Pigs, Drag Balls & More” by David Rosen; (192 pages, $21.99) ——— Last call. On Jan. 17, 1920, Prohibition became a sobering reality. Bars were padlocked, liquor stores shuttered, and thirsty Americans sent home. Beer banned, vodka, verboten; the teetotalers had finally won. The party was over, they proudly proclaimed. They didn’t ...

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