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‘Watchman’ sales exceed 1.1 million copies in first week

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Sales of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman have sold more than 1.1 million copies since the book went on sale in the U.S. and Canada on July 14, HarperCollins Publishers said. The company, part of News Corp., said the novel is the fastest-selling book in its history with 3.3 million copies now in print, according to a statement Monday. Go Set a Watchman, written before Lee’s famous civil rights-era novel To Kill a Mockingbird, should boost earnings at News Corp.’s publishing division, Barry Lucas, an analyst at Gabelli & Co. in Rye, N.Y., said in an email. “The impact will be visible in financial …

Temperance Brennan returns in ‘Speaking in Bones’

Saturday, July 25, 2015

A hallmark of Kathy Reichs’ Temperance Brennan novels is how she incorporates a solid knowledge of forensics in a way that a novice can understand the intricacies, yet still appeal to an expert in the field. In Speaking in Bones, Reichs uses Temperance’s work as a forensic anthropologist in an involving, complex plot …

Anderson suggests policy shifts that young people ‘like’

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The only thing less original than the selfie as a form of expression is the selfie as shorthand for a generation. So I was inclined to distrust The Selfie Vote, Republican pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson’s look at how millennials are transforming American politics. I remember how annoying it was back in the 1990s …

Diary allows access to ‘Saint Mazie’s’ past

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Mazie Phillips-Gordon, the so-called Queen of the Bowery, was a cartoonishly large real-life heroine that no fiction writer would dare make up. A busty bottle-blonde with a green celluloid eyeshade and a booming voice, Mazie occupied the ticket …

150 years of Wonderland history

Saturday, July 25, 2015

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, probably the most beloved children’s book in English, as well as the most parodied, quoted and analyzed. Its 1871 sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, and What …

Coach’s misdeeds protected by town

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Rape, an ugly reality once mostly whispered about, is now everywhere in the news: rapes by college boys and star athletes, in fraternity houses, prisons and the military – even rape used as an instrument of war. Allison …

DuBois thriller brings a gunfight to the beach

Thursday, July 23, 2015

When most people think of Hampton Beach and New Hampshire, they don’t tend to think about car chases, missing persons, gun fights, mobs or nuclear meltdowns. But in Brendan DuBois’s Lewis Cole series, that is just what readers …

‘The Fixer’ is another worthwhile novel from Joseph Finder

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Joseph Finder takes a familiar story and gives it a unique spin in his latest page-turner, The Fixer. Finder crafts tales that force his characters to step outside their comfort zone and confront their fears if they are …

Musical duo will have new biography in 2018

Saturday, July 18, 2015

A biography of Rodgers and Hammerstein, written with the cooperation of the late Broadway team’s publishing arm, will be come out in 2018. Henry Holt and Company announced Monday that Todd S. Purdum’s book, Rogers and Hammerstein, also …

Bush biography forgets nothing

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Some Washington memoirs come out too soon. Written when the relevant administrations are still in office and before the authors, fresh from their awkward farewell gatherings, have fully processed the events they’re describing, these books are great for …

HOPE: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Many middle-class parents today look back on our free-range childhoods with amazement. Did our moms really kick us out the door, telling us to be home only for dinner or when it got dark? Did we really ride …

New anthology reveals Arnold’s creative process

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Chances are, you’re more familiar with Eve Arnold’s photographs than you are with the photographer herself, who died at the age of 99 in 2012. Arnold’s images, published in an array of legendary periodicals including Life and London’s …

Single Handed: Surviving the unimaginable

Saturday, July 18, 2015

After surviving the Holocaust and a year in a notorious Nazi concentration camp, Tibor Rubin fought as a U.S. Army infantryman in Korea, displaying the kind of raw courage associated with Hollywood war movies and going on to …