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‘Champagne Supernovas’ explores ’90s fashion world

“Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the ’90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion” puts readers in the front row and three of the era’s biggest names in the catwalk spotl...

Updated : 2014.09.11 20:13

Following the footprints of Korea’s past

Veteran journalist Lee Ki-hwan, with a writing career that has spanned almost three decades, believes that one can’t really live meaningfully in the present without references to the past.A journalis...

Updated : 2014.09.11 20:11

‘Summer of the Dead’ has powerful plot

Summer of the DeadBy Julia Keller (Minotaur Books)Small towns ― where everyone knows your name and keeping secrets seems unfathomable ― can be hotbeds of concealment. No one really knows what goes ...

Updated : 2014.09.11 20:08

‘Original Sin’ is tense, disturbing thriller

Original SinBy D.P. Lyle (Reputation Books)The dying old man on cardiac surgeon Lucy Wagner’s operating table was bleeding out from an aortic aneurism. As she desperately massaged his failing heart,...

Updated : 2014.09.11 20:08

‘Why Football Matters’ versus ‘Against Football’

Unlike Steve Almond and Mark Edmundson, the authors of two terrific new books on football, I did not grow up with a father who loved the sport.My father thinks football is commercialized barbarism ― ...

Updated : 2014.09.04 20:15

Mike Sacks’ ‘Poking a Dead Frog’ cracks comedy code

Comedy is having a moment. You can’t really talk about the vaunted New Golden Platinum Age of Television without reference to Louis C.K., Amy Schumer or Amy Poehler. Political discourse takes cues fr...

Updated : 2014.09.04 20:14

David Mitchell’s ‘Bone Clocks’ revisits story lines of ‘Cloud Atlas’

The Bone ClocksBy David Mitchell (Random House)Count on David Mitchell ― whose novels regularly suggest a Borgesian library ― to invoke one of the most famous literary labyrinths of all in “The Bo...

Updated : 2014.09.04 20:14

‘Half of What I Say is Meaningless’ a strikingly felt essay collection

Half of What I Say is MeaninglessBy Joseph Bathanti (Mercer University Press)It’s 1976, and Joseph Bathanti, former North Carolina poet laureate, is leaving his native Pittsburgh in a 1969 VW Beetle...

Updated : 2014.09.04 20:13

Korean author releases English fantasy novel

A South Korean author recently released a historical fantasy novel written in English about a super heroine from 17th century Korea.Written by Lee Jung-jin, a former professor of Seoul's Korea University, the novel, "Lady Bora from Diamond Mountain," was released on Aug. 1 by Amazon's Crea...

Updated : 2014.09.04 10:29

Small things add up to epic tale in ‘We Are Not Ourselves’

Matthew Thomas’ first novel, “We Are Not Ourselves,” is an epic of small events. By that I don’t mean its story is insignificant but quotidian: the particular struggles of the day-to-day. A family...

Updated : 2014.08.28 20:16

‘Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!’ an eccentric, witty look at pop music history

The title suggests the folly of the endeavor: “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyonce.” Really? The whole story? Yeah, that’s what Bob Stanley is going for here. Doo-wo...

Updated : 2014.08.28 20:14

Making wagonloads of money in pre-Civil War Independence

Merchants of Independence: International Trade on the Santa Fe Trail, 1827-1860By William Patrick O’Brien (Truman State University Press) Out in Independence, Missouri, the ornamental wagon wheel c...

Updated : 2014.08.28 20:13

‘I Can See in the Dark’ a well-paced tale narrated by a sociopath

I Can See in the DarkBy Karin Fossum (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)Over the years, I’ve read lots of Scandinavian crime fiction, but nothing from Norwegian novelist Karin Fossum. In retrospect, that wa...

Updated : 2014.08.28 20:13

Korean poet Ko Un wins Golden Wreath Award

Renowned South Korean poet Ko Un has won this year‘s Golden Wreath, one of the world’s most authoritative awards for poets, the Korean National Commission for UNESCO said Monday.Ko received the awar...

Updated : 2014.08.25 20:11

‘Your Face in Mine’ a bold take on race, identity by Jess Row

Late in his novel “Your Face in Mine,” Jess Row cites a parable attributed to Zhuangzi, a Chinese philosopher from the fourth century BC. “Zhuangzi awoke from dreaming that he was a butterfly,” he...

Updated : 2014.08.21 19:59