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Chicago blogger Luvvie Ajayi offers wit, wisdom in new book ‘I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual’

“I’m Judging You” By Luvvie AjayiHenry Holt (256 pages, $17)The wit of culture blogger Luvvie Ajayi (AwesomelyLuvvie.com) has earned her quite the following.She has been called upon by the likes o...

Updated : 2016.09.28 13:51

‘Children of the New World’ finds virtual realities disenchanting

“Children of the New World” By Alexander WeinsteinPicador (240 pages, $16)The typical protagonist of Alexander Weinstein’s cautionary tales in “Children of the New World” is a man who could bene...

Updated : 2016.09.28 13:45

My Hometown: Springsteen launches book tour in New Jersey

FREEHOLD, New Jersey (AP) -- The Boss was back in his hometown.   Bruce Springsteen’s latest tour opened Tuesday, and the rocker who usually lets his songs do the talking yielded to fans to take a t...

Updated : 2016.09.28 13:31

Mara Wilson is not Matilda anymore

When Mara Wilson was a little girl, Hollywood couldn’t get enough of her.She was one of those child actors who seemed preternaturally mature. Her vocabulary was surprisingly expansive. She could carr...

Updated : 2016.09.28 13:29

Syrian poet Adonis says poetry 'can save Arab world'

GOTHENBURG, Sweden (AFP) -- Noted Syrian poet Adonis, whose name surfaces regularly as a top contender for the Nobel literature prize, says religious fanaticism is “destroying the heart of the Arab world,” but sees salvation in poetry.The 86-year-old lives in exile and is equally scathin...

Updated : 2016.09.26 11:56

Jonathan Safran Foer’s ‘Here I Am’ depicts a marriage falling apart

“Here I Am”By Jonathan Safran FoerFarrar, Straus and Giroux (592 pages, $28)True to the crumbling marriage at its center, what’s best in “Here I Am” — Jonathan Safran Foer’s moving, maddening a...

Updated : 2016.09.21 16:26

Harmonies, strife in Love’s Beach Boys tale

“Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy”By Mike Love with James S. HirschBlue Rider Press (448 pages, $28)Mike Love is acutely aware that he is perceived as a villain.In his new autobiography, “Go...

Updated : 2016.09.21 16:25

‘Little Nothing’ a fierce fairy tale

Fairy tales waste no time getting under the skin. They pretend to be innocent, once upon a time and all that, but they never are. The darkened wood, the hooded stranger, the soup served at dinner hide...

Updated : 2016.09.21 16:22

‘The Oliver Stone Experience’ a deep dive into monumental movie career

“The Oliver Stone Experience” By Matt Zoller SeitzAbrams (480 pages, $50)Is there another living American director with a greater run of movies than Oliver Stone? The dozen films he directed over a ...

Updated : 2016.09.21 16:17

Global writers to engage in conversation at Seoul International Writers’ Festival

Writers from around the world will exchange ideas and share literary works at the Seoul International Writers’ Festival taking place from Sept. 25-Oct. 1 at the Arko Art Center and Daehakro Arts Thea...

Updated : 2016.09.21 16:04

Andrea Wulf’s Humboldt biography wins Science Book Prize

LONDON (AP) -- A biography of German naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt has been named science book of the year.Andrea Wulf’s “The Invention of Nature” was awarded the 25,000-pound ($33,000) Science Book Prize on Monday.It charts the life of the influential 18th- and 19th-ce...

Updated : 2016.09.21 14:24

New book brings Atlas Obscura site’s wonders to printed page

NEW YORK (AP) -- An elf school in Iceland. A hospital for falcons in the Middle East. A museum in Independence, Missouri, for artwork made from hair.These are the types of attractions featured on the ...

Updated : 2016.09.21 14:22

Lawrence Wright shows the human side of Middle East turmoil in ‘The Terror Years’

“The Terror Years: From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State”By Lawrence WrightKnopf (384 pages, $28.95)“The Terror Years,” Lawrence Wright’s wide-ranging and intensively reported collection of stories ...

Updated : 2016.09.07 17:10

Murder lurks deep in the mind

“Hell Fire” By Karin Fossum, translated from the Norwegian by Karl DixonHoughton Mifflin Harcourt (272 pages, $24)With Scandinavian crime fiction all the rage and enormous attention paid to writers ...

Updated : 2016.09.07 17:08

How far will you go for your autistic child?

Being a parent is always full of ups and downs, of course, but being the parent of an autistic child, Carolyn Parkhurst writes in her splendid new novel, is a lot like riding a roller coaster that nev...

Updated : 2016.09.07 17:03