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This photo provided by courtesy of Simon & Schuster shows the cover of the book, "A Fine Romance," by Candice Bergen. (AP Photo/Simon & Schuster)

Bergen shares her love life

Saturday, April 25, 2015

In her new memoir, Candice Bergen shares intimate details surrounding the loves of her life. A Fine Romance describes her marriage to an effervescent French director, depicts a deep bond with her daughter, provides an intricate look into the talented cast of her TV show, Murphy Brown, and concludes by celebrating a new chapter with a new man in New York. Hailing from Hollywood, Bergen is well-equipped to maneuver the sometimes treacherous waters of celebrity life. Her fortunate upbringing enables Bergen to easily adapt to the jet-setting ways of renowned director Louis Malle. While he is immersed with all aspects of the film world, Bergen …

‘The Poser’ is darkly funny

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The central character in Jacob Rubin’s The Poser is a young man with the ability to instantaneously and flawlessly imitate anyone. Encouraged by his mother and discovered by a hack agent, Giovanni Bernini goes from being ridiculed and, often, feared by his small-town peers to garnering widespread acclaim as The World’s Greatest Impressionist. …

Gorgeous writing gives power to rushed novel

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ann Packer’s new novel tells the story of a family set against the stunning landscape of pre-Silicon Valley Northern California. Pediatrician Bill falls in love first with a plot of land and second with artist Penny and together they raise four children. The Children’s Crusade, which seamlessly navigates between present and past as …

A ghastly carnival

Saturday, April 25, 2015

In a torture chamber in the Middle East, the man asking the questions waxes poetic. “Imagine,” he dreams, a “fully expressive body, not this burnt and ruined thing.” The yearning seems a hideous irony – a torturer’s job, …

A search for true love across generations

Saturday, April 25, 2015

International best-selling author Santa Montefiore writes an epic romance that spans two generations in her new novel, The Beekeeper’s Daughter. Readers are transported back and forth between Massachusetts and England unraveling a timeline that stretches over four decades. …

Hannah says novel ‘The Nightingale’ is her favorite

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Kristin Hannah says her new novel, The Nightingale, is her favorite book she’s written. That’s a bold statement since she’s had a number of best-sellers, including Firefly Lane, Home Front and True Colors. “That always gets me in …

Writer in pursuit of civil rights

Saturday, April 18, 2015

“If not for the triumph of the civil rights movement, I don’t know where I would be, but there is no way on God’s Earth I would be writing a column for the Washington Post,” Eugene Robinson wrote …

’American Warlord’ follows Chucky Taylor from US to Liberia

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Chucky Taylor’s 2008 trial in Miami federal court was a sort of homecoming for a young man whose adolescence in Florida had been like so many others bored with the suburbs and longing for absent fathers. The surreal …

Coal and its future are fueling conflicts around the globe

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Fierce conflicts over coal are taking place around the globe, but author Richard Martin says the decline and ultimate demise of the fuel that powered the Industrial Revolution is inevitable and cannot be reversed. What he cannot predict, …

Rowling’s graduation speech gains little as illustrated

Saturday, April 18, 2015

In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered the Harvard graduation speech, which quickly became the most-viewed commencement address on the university’s Web site. On Tuesday, just as strains of Pomp and Circumstance begin to swell once more, Rowling’s speech is …

Ghosts from the past

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Many years ago, my cousin and his wife rented a house outside Philadelphia that they swore was haunted. Footsteps echoed in an empty bedroom, a cold spot could be detected at the top of the stairs and cosmetics …

A story that is about more than football

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Blind Side, a novel by Michael Lewis, is listed under “sports non-fiction” but it is much more than a book about football, even though there is at least one chapter devoted to various football maneuvers. Made into …

Cotton Malone is on the case in Berry’s ‘Patriot Threat’

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Cotton Malone tackles a case that could cause an uprising over taxes in Steve Berry’s new thriller, The Patriot Threat. A deposed North Korean leader believes he can regain his honor and return to power by bringing down …