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Author recounts friendship with late President Roh

Not many people can say that they were close with the late former President Roh Moo-hyun, even though he was known for his folksy disposition and down-to-earth upbringing. Kim Soo-kyung, a 65-year-old...

Updated : 2014.11.20 21:08

Phil Klay wins U.S. book award for fiction

NEW YORK (AP) ― Phil Klay’s “Redeployment,” a debut collection of satiric and often agonized stories by an Iraq war veteran, has won the National Book Award for fiction.Klay was chosen Wednesday night over such high-profile finalists as Marilynne Robinson’s “Lila” and Emily St. John...

Updated : 2014.11.20 21:02

Shields writes of life with mother

There was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and MeBy Brooke Shields (Dutton)Brooke Shields, the iconic model-actress-Princeton grad, entered the literary scene in 2005 with her memoir about ...

Updated : 2014.11.20 20:57

‘Woman with a Gun’ feels like movie

Woman with a GunBy Phillip Margolin (Harper)Phillip Margolin takes a lighter approach with “Woman with a Gun,” an entertaining novel that, however, lacks the tight plotting and insight into the law...

Updated : 2014.11.20 20:56

‘Rain Reign’ shows love for ‘special’ kids

Rain ReignBy Ann M. Martin (Feiwel & Friends)If Rose Howard’s family was well off, she’d be a “special” girl who was considered smart and quirky by the teachers at her private school for children...

Updated : 2014.11.20 20:55

Baldacci’s novel tugs at heart strings

The EscapeBy David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)One of the most compelling characters in David Baldacci’s thrillers is John Puller, a crackerjack investigator of military crimes. In “The Forg...

Updated : 2014.11.20 20:55

‘Gutenberg’s Apprentice’ tells story of how printed Bible came to be

The world is about to change.Europe in 1450 is a godly place, and books are sacred and scarce. Each is hand-lettered by a scribe, directed by the hand of the Almighty.In Alix Christie’s telling of ho...

Updated : 2014.11.20 20:54

Herbie Hancock’s memoir recalls a creative life and all that jazz

Herbie Hancock has had the kind of career that’s unlikely to ever be duplicated. Appearing on landmark recordings with Miles Davis as well as his own band in the 1960s, Hancock memorably scaled to ev...

Updated : 2014.11.20 20:53

Yi Yook-sa’s poems published in English

During his short life, Yi Yook-sa (1904-44), a Korean poet and independence activist, composed only about 40 poems. Yet his compelling poems, written during the darkest period of modern Korean history...

Updated : 2014.11.19 20:51

Translation award honors Suh Ji-moon

When emeritus professor Suh Ji-moon first began translating Korean literature into English in the 1970s, she used to write by hand or use a typewriter, which required writing and retyping over and ove...

Updated : 2014.11.18 20:59

Final volume of Hockney biography

David Hockney: The Biography, 1975-2012By Christopher Simon Sykes (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday) More than halfway through the second volume of his vivid, intimate biography of British artist David Hockne...

Updated : 2014.11.13 20:38

New thriller from Preston & Child

Blue LabyrinthBy Douglas Preston and/Lincoln Child (Grand Central Pulishing)A family secret over 100 years old comes back to haunt FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast in Douglas Preston and Lincoln...

Updated : 2014.11.13 20:38

Denis Johnson explores dark side of Africa

The Laughing MonstersBy Denis Johnson (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)Denis Johnson, winner of the National Book Award for his Vietnam-era opus “Tree of Smoke,” has jumped genres again in “The Laughing M...

Updated : 2014.11.13 20:38

‘Some Luck’ takes on an epic scope

Sometimes, the characters in Jane Smiley’s latest novel resemble the Osage-orange hedge that separates the field from the back acreage of Walter Langdon’s Iowa farm: “horse-high, bull-strong, and h...

Updated : 2014.11.13 20:37

Michael Connelly’s Bosch back with a new partner, old political battles

The Burning RoomBy Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)Politics often seeps into police investigations, especially when a high-profile case has officials from the city to the state level jockeying for a ...

Updated : 2014.11.13 20:37