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This book cover image released by Doubleday shows "American Housewife," by Helen Ellis. (Doubleday via AP)

’American Housewife’ depicts uproarious picture of wifedom

Sunday, January 31, 2016

An organized kidnapping mission rescues beauty pageant escapees. A neighborly feud draws blood. A dying wife secures a brassiere around the chest of her opponent. In her collection of short stories highlighting the women who manage (and at times destroy) the home fronts, author Helen Ellis takes readers into the unexpected corners of wifedom in American Housewife. The 12 compact tales are delightfully dark and leave readers always rooting for the housewife, no matter how twisted her plots. From a reality show to a getaway car to a Manhattan penthouse, each setting provides a unique space in which these women can truly shine and scheme. …

New James Dean bio offers cool trivia but nothing new

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The 60th anniversary of James Dean’s fatal car accident Sept. 30, 1955, catalyzed, as major anniversaries unfailingly do, new biographies of the short-lived but idolized actor. In Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die, Keith Elliot Greenberg, a specialist in reconstructing famous figures’ final hours, narrates Dean’s drive from Los Angeles toward …

Superb Margaret Thatcher bio sets record straight

Sunday, January 31, 2016

On Dec. 15, 2015, after the Victoria and Albert Museum refused to accept the collection for its fashion archives, Margaret Thatcher’s clothes and memorabilia were auctioned by Christie’s. While the left-wing British press mocked the auction as a garage sale of tasteless old tat, it brought in nearly $5 million. Thatcher’s iconic handbags …

‘Ashley Bell’ is one of Dean Koontz’s best

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Dean Koontz outdoes himself with his latest journey, which solidifies his reputation as one of the best storytellers in the book business. Koontz’s stories get labeled as horror, but the lyrical writing and compelling characters in Ashley Bell …

On the importance of refrigeration

Sunday, December 13, 2015

What is humanity’s greatest invention? Fire? Language? The internet? Nope. It’s the refrigerator, at least according to Tom Jackson. In his entertaining new book, Chilled, Jackson walks us through the creation of cold – or, at least, man-made …

The history of funny

Sunday, December 13, 2015

In 1962, after eating Thanksgiving dinner together, Richard Nixon and Jack Paar lit cigars. Paar put on the stereo a new record co-written by George Foster and one of his former writers, Earle Doud. A satire of the …

The politics behind history

Sunday, December 13, 2015

On Sept. 26, 1978, a man was found dead in a midtown New York City hotel, having drowned himself in the bathtub. He was facing criminal prosecution for crimes committed just the week before. This particular thief, however, …

Bristol author tackles adoption in new children’s book

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The adoption process can be complicated. Feelings of jealousy between adoptive and biological children even more so. Stephen Miller knows all this first hand. Miller, a special education paraprofessional and newly published author in Bristol, was just four …

Oprah Winfrey writing inspirational memoir, starting imprint

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Oprah Winfrey is starting her own book imprint, kicking it off with an inspirational memoir. Flatiron Books announced Thursday that Winfrey’s The Life You Want is scheduled for January 2017 and will show how “anyone can put their …

Greta Van Susteren writing social media guide

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Fox News host Greta Van Susteren is working on a book about social media. Van Susteren has a deal with Simon & Schuster for a guide on everything from building and engaging with an online audience to “how …

A sweet kid’s book

Sunday, December 6, 2015

National Ice Cream Month may be over, alas, but in Ice Cream Summer Peter Sís serves up a smoothly good-humored tribute to the frozen treat. Sis, the beloved writer and illustrator of such books as Madlenka and Fire …

Kissinger bio aims to reject stereotype

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Niall Ferguson wants us to reject the stereotyped image of Henry Kissinger as a cynical, amoral realist. He’d like us to believe that Kissinger was a kind of tormented idealist who believed in the “need for a moral …

‘Six of Crows’ continues Leigh Bardugo’s streak of smart fantasy novels

Sunday, December 6, 2015

In Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising, novelist Leigh Bardugo introduced the Grisha, an order of incredibly powerful people who are able to manipulate matter at the molecular level in a way that seems …