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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 …

The crossroads of racism

Sunday, June 28, 2015

From the riots in Ferguson to the movie about Selma, race has been at the forefront of the national conversation recently. On the news and at our dinner tables, the country is discussing how far we still have …

Annie unearths dark roots in ‘Let Me Die in His Footsteps’

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Set against alternating backdrops of flourishing Kentucky lavender fields and a struggling tobacco farm, Lori Roy’s Let Me Die in His Footsteps traces the story of Annie Holleran, how she came to be, and how her entire town …

Swenson shares her life as a caregiver

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Harriet Swenson of Durham recently published Around the House. In its many brief chapters, she chronicles dealing with her husband’s illness and being his caregiver. David Swenson, a geologist from the Swenson Granite family, was diagnosed with chronic …

‘The Enemy Inside’ is compelling legal thriller

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Steve Martini’s latest book to feature attorney Paul Madriani begins with a seemingly easy case, but quickly turns deadly. Alex Ives needs Madriani’s help when he’s accused of vehicular manslaughter in the death of a Washington, D.C., attorney. …

A pioneer on the organic food trail

Saturday, June 20, 2015

When it opened in 1979, so many presidential administrations ago, Restaurant Nora was unlike any other eatery in Washington. The gustatory landscape then was dominated by dark, masculine establishments with meat, more meat and puddles of Old World …

‘Empire of Deception’ con man rivals Madoff, Ponzi

Saturday, June 20, 2015

You’ve heard of Charles Ponzi, the swindler who gave big returns to early investors using money from subsequent clients. And you’ve heard of Bernie Madoff, imprisoned for one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in history. Chances are you’ve …

An engaging study of a man

Saturday, June 20, 2015

By 2016, Democrats will have held the White House for 16 of the previous 24 years, enacted national health reform and spent more than $800 billion on a Keynesian plan to stimulate the economy. Some critics have charged …

Forget the ‘wife bonus’ -– how much of ‘Primates of Park Avenue’ do we believe?

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Did the “wife bonus” raise your suspicions? That was the killer revelation in Primates of Park Avenue that helped drive pre-publication buzz for Wednesday Martin’s new memoir of life among the one-percenters. But the idea that Manhattan financiers …

Just Published: ‘What Makes Me Special!” and “Legendary Locals of Concord”

Saturday, June 20, 2015

What Makes Me Special! Elizabeth McKinney of Manchester wrote What Makes Me Special! based on a school assignment her daughter Lillian completed. Lillian flaps her arms up and down when she is excited. Profits from the book will …

Review: ‘The Fall’ is tantalizing legal thriller

Sunday, June 14, 2015

John Lescroart has written a terrific courtroom mystery as the main series characters take a backseat to defense attorney Rebecca Hardy, daughter of regular Dismas, who takes on a case involving Greg Treadway, a middle school teacher who …