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Q&A: Mathis on new box set, yoga and ‘Simpsons’

Monday, September 15, 2014

Chances are you haven’t heard these Johnny Mathis albums – but that will change. The 78-year-old singer is dropping a 13-CD box set of unsuccessful commercial albums released from 1963 to 1967, when Mathis left his longtime label, Columbia Records, for Mercury Records and Global Records, his own production company. The Complete Global Albums Collection will be released Nov. 17. … 0

Miss New York chosen as Miss America 2015

Monday, September 15, 2014

Miss New York Kira Kazantsev was named the new Miss America Sunday night, marking the third year in a row that a contestant from her … 0

Review: Streisand’s timeless ‘Partners’ soars

Monday, September 15, 2014

Barbra Streisand’s Partners isn’t just about star-powered duets, but partnerships of love and family. It’s a love album for the ages, as fit for your … 0

British royal couple expecting second child

Monday, September 8, 2014

Prince George is not going to be an only child for long – the toddler will soon have a baby sister or brother to share his fancy digs at Kensington Palace. British royal officials said yesterday that Prince … 0

‘Guardians’ leads in slowest box office weekend since 2001

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Walt Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy again led the box office as movie ticket sales tumbled to the lowest level in 13 years during a traditionally slow weekend. The superhero film from Disney’s Marvel division collected $10.2 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters, racking up its fourth win, … 0

Joan Rivers remembered at star-studded funeral

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Howard Stern delivered the eulogy, Broadway singer-actress Audra McDonald sang “Smile” and bagpipers played “New York, New York” at Joan Rivers’s funeral yesterday in New York City, a star-studded send-off that – like the late comedian herself – … 0

‘The Home Place’ a strong debut for Carrie La Seur

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Carrie La Seur’s finely crafted debut chronicles a woman’s complicated relationship with her hometown of Billings, Mont., her relatives who stayed behind and her ancestral history. La Seur’s graceful prose in The Home Place complements her incisive character … 0

Review: Stellar writing in ‘Lost Island’

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Lost Island, the third novel to feature master thief and brilliant scientist Gideon Crew, is another clever and compelling tale from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Gideon has a rare condition that will kill him within a … 0

Gregg Hurwitz delivers in ‘Don’t Look Back’

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A single mother takes a vacation that descends into hell in Gregg Hurwitz’s latest thriller, Don’t Look Back. Eve Hardaway struggles at home as she cares for a young boy with severe dietary restrictions and a job that … 0

‘Dirty Work’ a nuanced, thoughtful story

Sunday, September 7, 2014

At the start of Gabriel Weston’s Dirty Work, Nancy Mullion, an obstetrician-gynecologist, has choked during surgery and left her patient in a coma. She now faces four weeks of intense scrutiny from a medical tribunal that will decide … 0

A thriller writer’s challenge: Make U.S. policy in Africa into a page-turner

Sunday, September 7, 2014

As he began writing his third book on U.S.-Africa policy and development, Todd Moss, a former State Department official, realized something. It would be boring. Just another text for the shelves of foreign-policy wonks, PhDs and think tank … 0

‘On the Run’ highlights the American culture of incarceration

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The dramatic rise of incarceration rates among African-Americans since the 1970s has become more visible in mainstream culture partly because of television shows such as the widely popular HBO series The Wire, which ran from 2002 to 2008, the current Netflix series Orange Is the New Black and … 0

‘The Shadow Hero’ exceptionally well-spun

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Before you crack the spine on this beautiful new book that helps unmask arguably the world’s first Asian American superhero, let’s reveal the true heroes in this thrilling literary escapade: Able to leap the building blocks of narrative in a single bound volume, our real adventurer is Gene … 0