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Paranormal romance author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, accuses her husband of a ?Shakespearean plot? to poison her

Bookbrowse News - 11 hours 3 min ago
... In late 2014, it became a labor for the author to breathe and walk. Her teeth putrefied. Her hair fell out in clumps. She endured tremors, stomach cramps, facial swelling and vertigo. There was an unmistakable taste of metal in her mouth.

"Again, as many of you know, one of the reasons I had to cut back on my appearances and stop doing my annual fan convention a couple of years ago was that out of the blue I was viciously and painfully struck down by a bevy of strange, inexplicable and baffling symptoms," the author, whose works of paranormal romance and urban fantasy have been New York Times bestsellers, told her fans in a newsletter this month.

At first, doctors were stumped by her condition, she explained. But she said a new round of tests last year pointed to a disquieting cause: "Someone close to me was tainting my food." ...

The terrible celebrity biographies of Amazon, not explained

Bookbrowse News - 11 hours 6 min ago
Writing in Vox, Kaitlyn Tiffany dives deep into Amazon Publishing, focusing on "the terrible celebrity biographies of Amazon, not explained"...

It's a unique sort of suffering to be enamored of a celebrity ' - particularly if that celebrity has had no books written by or about them to provide an in-depth look at their glamorous and complicated life.

That is sort of the short explanation for how I came to purchase, two years ago, a Kindle-only book called Celebrity Biographies ' - The Amazing Life of Jake Gyllenhaal, written by an author named Matt Green, retailing for $2.99 and beginning with the sentence, "Jacob Benjamin or Jake Gyllenhaal is an American actor."

The book contains many other beautiful sentences, most of which make much less sense than the first...

Gov. Ricketts of Nebraska refuses to endorse "This Blessed Earth" for "One Book One Nebraska" literary celebration

Bookbrowse News - 11 hours 43 min ago
Gov. Ricketts has broken with a 15-year tradition and refused to endorse This Blessed Earth by Ted Genoways (who went to high school and college in Nebraska) for an annual statewide literary celebration called One Book One Nebraska. Gov. Ricketts admits that he made this decision without having read the nonfiction book which focuses on a struggling Nebraskan farm family. Ricketts says that Genoways is "a political activist ... who is out-of-touch, and it was not going to be something that united Nebraska."

Mary Oliver, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who found solace in nature, dies at 83

Bookbrowse News - 11 hours 51 min ago
Mary Oliver, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose lyrical descriptions of the lamp-eyed owl, the white-toothed bear and the lilies by the pond evoked natural wonders with a startling clarity of vision, while suggesting that life was a matter of learning to love the world even in the face of ugliness and pain, died Jan. 17 at her home in Hobe Sound, Fla. She was 83.

A best-selling author says her husband was trying to poison her

USAToday Books - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 13:28

Sherrilyn Kenyon, the best-selling fantasy author, is accusing her estranged husband of poisoning her.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver dies at 83

USAToday Books - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:03

Mary Oliver, the Pulitzer-winning poet whose rapturous odes to nature and animal life brought her critical acclaim and popular affection, has died.

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Soccer icon Abby Wambach announces new book, 'Wolfpack,' based on viral commencement speech

USAToday Books - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:58

Abby Wambach, two-time Olympic gold medalist, international soccer's all-time leading scorer and feminist icon announced a new book with a sizzling Instagram video.

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'Big Bang' by David Bowman: Unreliable narrator spins stories that keep you wondering

USAToday Books - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:01

Bowman’s Who’s Who shines prismatic light on the lives of generational icons.

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By the Book: Leila Slimani: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 04:00
The author of “The Perfect Nanny” and “Adèle” likes the fact that her shelves are a mess: “It takes me a long time to find the book I need, and very often I find another one I had totally forgotten about.”
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Stephen King persuades newspaper not to scrap its book reviews

Bookbrowse News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:35
The Portland Press Herald, based in Stephen King's home state of Maine, had decided to stop running reviews of local books.

After King expressed dismay, the paper challenged him to get 100 followers to buy digital subscriptions.

His fans did not disappoint him, prompting the paper to pledge that "book reviews will return."

Nonfiction: Behind the Guitar Heroes

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:00
In “The Birth of Loud,” Ian Port traces the invention and evolution of the electric guitar.
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Essay: Reading Proust in the Gulag

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 04:00
What books do we turn to as we prepare to die?
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Who is Harriet Blue in the James Patterson and Candice Fox book series?

USAToday Books - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 15:51

If you're starting the series by James Patterson and Candice Fox -- or just need a refresher before reading "Liar Liar," read this.

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Joanna Gaines' first children's book is about her family garden and 'what a gift life is'

USAToday Books - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 15:50

Gaines wrote "We are the Gardeners" and her children are credited as co-authors. Gardens teach children about "what a gift life is," Gaines said.

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Nonfiction: Tracing the Rise of a Guardian Hacker

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 13:00
In “Breaking and Entering,” Jeremy Smith tells the story of a brilliant, larger-than-life computer scientist who runs her own boutique cybersecurity firm.
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Francine du Plessix Gray, searching novelist and journalist, Is dead at 88

Bookbrowse News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:02
Francine du Plessix Gray, a French-American writer who, in her novels and journalism, explored the complexities of cultural identity, the obstacles confronting women seeking their place in the world and her own privileged but anguished early life, died on Sunday in Manhattan. She was 88.

'Choose Your Own Adventure' publisher sues Netflix over 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch'

USAToday Books - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:59

Chooseco claims Netflix violated its trademark with “Bandersnatch,” a recent episode of “Black Mirror," which uses a format similar to those of the books. It allows viewers to choose among actions taken by the characters without knowing the outcome.

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In Karen Thompson Walker's 'The Dreamers,' a mysterious illness befalls a college town

USAToday Books - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:09

The symptom, a deep, unshakable sleep, triggers panic among a wide cast of characters.

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New & Noteworthy

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 04:00
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
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