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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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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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'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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Nonfiction: Dani Shapiro’s New Memoir Uncovers a Life-Changing Family Secret

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 04:00
“Inheritance” explores the way we construct our identities, and how much our belief in a blood connection to our parents shapes how we view ourselves.
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Help Desk: Dealing With Anxiety, Mental Illness and Grief

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 04:00
In her latest Help Desk column, Judith Newman consults three books that offer guidance to readers navigating through tense times.
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What if You Could Literally Talk to The New York Times?

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 16:21
Dan Sanchez, editorial lead for our new voice initiative — enabling you to “hear the news,” straight from Times journalists, via Alexa — answers questions about what that conversation could be like.
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A genetic test leads to a family secret in Dani Shapiro's latest memoir, 'Inheritance'

USAToday Books - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 16:18

"You're not Jewish," she was told. But not until a genetic test reveals her family's secret does she understand why she looks different.

        
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Nonfiction: A Journalist Recounts His 544 Days of Captivity in Iran

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 13:00
In “Prisoner,” Jason Rezaian explains that the most innocent activities in Iran could get you accused of spying.
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Fiction: A Sudden Death Shakes Loose Four Intertwined Lives

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 04:00
In Tessa Hadley’s novel “Late in the Day,” the bonds of love and loyalty are frayed when a widow and her married friends confront the loss of her husband.
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