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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 …

Armada: Aliens are invading

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Ernest Cline’s follow-up to Ready Player One, Armada, proves he has the ability to blend popular culture with exciting stories that appeal to everyone, especially readers who grew up in the 1980s. Zack is a high school senior, …

Kumin’s memoir and life are remembered at release event

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Maxine Kumin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet laureate, is well remembered by her friends, colleagues and neighbors in Warner. The opportunity to remember her continues a little more than a year after her death with the release of her …

After months of anticipation, new Harper Lee novel released

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Shortly after sunrise Tuesday, the doors opened at the Old Courthouse Museum in Monroeville, Ala., and a bell tolled. In the hometown and residence of Harper Lee, it was time to start a marathon and occasionally painful reading …

Ray Duckler: Does Harper Lee’s sequel kill a man’s image?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Sarah May Schultz swiped her thumb along the smart phone screen, moving deeper into the newspaper article about Harper Lee’s new book. It didn’t take long to notice sadness in her blue eyes, wide and hopeful just moments …

Harper Lee’s new novel is a story of lost innocence

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Like her classic To Kill a Mockingbird, the Harper Lee novel coming out this week is a coming of age story. And not just for Scout Finch. Go Set a Watchman is set in the famous fictional town …

Advice wrapped in humor

Saturday, July 11, 2015

In his compilation of articles from his Wall Street Journal column, “Ask Ariely,” Dan Ariely wraps in a clever bow all the questions we’ve ever wanted answered concerning the behavioral intricacies that dictate the decisions we make. He …

‘Room’ novelist Emma Donoghue writing young adult book

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Room novelist Emma Donoghue is the latest popular author to join the thriving young adult genre. Donoghue’s first book for middle graders, The Lotterys Plus One, will be published in 2017, Scholastic announced Tuesday. The novel will center on a large, unconventional family, the Lotterys, and the Victorian …

’Day Four’ sends a cruise adrift in supernatural waters

Saturday, July 11, 2015

For all the popularity of cruises, there are some things about them that scare people: close quarters with lots of other people, the threat of catching the gastrointestinal illness norovirus onboard and the distance from land and help …

Inheritance of father’s cello goes awry

Saturday, July 11, 2015

The Silver Swan, Elena Delbanco’s first novel, is an enthralling tale about music and the passions it inspires. At the opening, a gifted cellist named Mariana Feldmann is called to a lawyer’s office. She assumes she’s about to …

Adults and teens struggle to relate

Saturday, July 11, 2015

It is a cruel fact that children enter the urgent drama of adolescence around the same time their parents plunge into the tedious wild of middle age. For the younger generation, everything is new: angst, ambivalence, reckless sexual …