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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 …

Brad Thor delivers in new thriller ‘Code of Conduct’

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath dives deep into another world-shattering plot with personal ramifications in Code of Conduct, Brad Thor’s latest thriller. Harvath is planning to spend quality vacation time with the woman he loves when he receives a …

Review: Holly Brown delivers with ‘A Necessary End’

Saturday, July 11, 2015

The desire for a child – an occasion that should be joyful – turns into a deadly obsession in the highly stylized A Necessary End. In the Gone Girl mode, author Holly Brown fashions her second novel around …

Holiday biography fails to solve the mystery

Saturday, July 11, 2015

No figure in American music led a more interesting, troubled and tragic life than Billie Holiday. She was the tortured soul of jazz, whose breaking heart could be heard in every note she sang. She had a childhood …

Artistic view of end of the world

Saturday, July 11, 2015

In 2009, Kate Walbert published A Short History of Women, a complex novel that swirls around several generations of one family to explore what it meant and means to be female in the modern age. The Sunken Cathedral …

New Sarah Palin book coming in November

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Sarah Palin has a new book coming out, with a new publisher. Regnery Publishing, a conservative press based in Washington, D.C., announced Tuesday that it is planning a November release for Palin’s Sweet Freedom: A Devotional. The book, Palin’s fourth, will feature 260 “meditations” that apply “biblical principles” …

Just published: ‘Deception’ and ‘The PeaceSeeker’

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Deception Dan Lawton of Belmont recently self-published his first book, Deception. The crime-thriller is set in Topeka, Kan., somewhere Lawton has never been. When officer Billy Lewis’s father, the sheriff, is killed by a group of hitmen, Lewis …

Secrets sizzle in Depression-era summer

Saturday, July 4, 2015

In 2008, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was celebrated by readers around the world. The heartwarming story centered on members of a clandestine book club living on the Nazi-occupied Channel Islands during World War II. …

Sherman Alexie explores new realm with picture book

Saturday, July 4, 2015

National Book Award winner Sherman Alexie – already a poet, novelist and short story writer – moves into a new realm with his first picture book set to be released in May 2016. Illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner …

Science fiction and fantasy roundup

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Tale with a twist Naomi Novik’s Uprooted is an enchanting twist on a tale from Polish folklore: A century-old wizard called the Dragon comes to a village to choose a young woman who will stay with him for …

Review: Fina Ludlow returns in Ingrid Thoft’s ‘Brutality’

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The challenge of belonging to a high-profile and dysfunctional family, yet establishing your own identity, continues to be the theme of Ingrid Thoft’s exciting series about Boston private investigator Fina Ludlow. The only non-lawyer of the high-powered Ludlows, …