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Duty and dreams in ‘Light of Paris’

“The Light of Paris” By Eleanor BrownG.P. Putnam’s Sons (320 pages, $26)Macalester alumna Eleanor Brown’s second novel (her first was the delightful best-seller “The Weird Sisters”) recapitulate...

Updated : 2016.07.27 13:38

‘The Invoice,’ refreshingly original satire

“The Invoice” By Jonas Karlsson, translated from Swedish by Neil SmithHogarth Press (204 pages, $24)The narrator of Jonas Karlsson’s “The Invoice” is a nice, mild guy. He works part-time in a vid...

Updated : 2016.07.27 13:35

Contradictory rules that rule China

“5 Keys to Understanding China”By Ryu Jae-yunSeoul Selection (268 pages, 14,800 won, $13)Author Ryu Jae-yun says when managing business agreements in China, you might encounter instances when your p...

Updated : 2016.07.27 13:34

‘Sarong Party Girls’ takes an exciting plunge into the lives of modern Singaporean women

Pineapple tarts. The thought of those flaky butter cookies topped with pineapple jam made Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan’s stomach churn. She craved the taste of them. And she had a hunger for home.It was early ...

Updated : 2016.07.27 13:17

Tim LaHaye, author of “Left Behind” end-times novels, dies

The Rev. Tim LaHaye, coauthor of the “Left Behind” series, a multimillion-selling literary juggernaut that brought end-times prophecy into mainstream bookstores, died Monday. He was 90.LaHaye died i...

Updated : 2016.07.27 13:11

'The Big Book of Science Fiction' a portal to endless reading pleasure

"The Big Book of Science Fiction" Edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer; Vintage (1,216 pages, $25)Surprisingly, the literary spirit that haunts Ann and Jeff Vandermeer's massive new anthology, "The Big...

Updated : 2016.07.21 10:09

Nick Offerman finds the voice of Tom Sawyer

If you imagine Nick Offerman is a real-life version of Ron Swanson, the mustachioed, macho character on “Parks and Recreation,” think again. Sure, he likes the outdoors, and yes, he has a wood shop ...

Updated : 2016.07.20 15:38

Gay Ecuadorian author overcomes barriers and publishes novel

NEW YORK (AP) -- As a deaf and gay student in Ecuador, Cesar Baquerizo was bullied and a victim of societal prejudice.Now, after five years of writing, Pen Name Publishing has released his first novel...

Updated : 2016.07.20 15:32

Philadelphia honors children's book illustrator, native son

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Celebrated children’s book illustrator Jerry Pinkney received some brotherly love Tuesday in his hometown, where he was honored for his career achievements.Pinkney, whose drawings have brought to life more than 100 books, has inspired generations of youngsters, said K...

Updated : 2016.07.20 15:30

‘Twilight’ author writes spy thriller ‘The Chemist’

NEW YORK (AP) – “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer's next novel is a thriller, without vampires.Little, Brown and Co. announced Tuesday that “The Chemist” will be published Nov. 15. The company says the book features a former government agent living underground and forced to “take one...

Updated : 2016.07.20 15:27

Crime is stranger than fiction

“Murder at the 42nd Street Library”By Con Lehane; Minotaur (320 pages, $25.99)The beautiful and iconic New York Public Library on 42nd Street in Manhattan -- with its stone lions in front, multiple ...

Updated : 2016.07.13 15:30

The good, the bad, the difficult

“Dinner With Edward” By Isabel VincentAlgonquin Books of Chapel Hill (213 pages, $23.95)Isabel Vincent's marriage was on the verge of ending when a friend introduced her to Edward, a man whose wife ...

Updated : 2016.07.13 15:29

Honest observations on farming life

“Dear County Agent Guy” By Jerry NelsonWorkman (207 pages, $14.95)I should have seen this coming, seen that Jerry Nelson's essays about farming weren’t quite what they seemed. I' a farmer’s daught...

Updated : 2016.07.13 15:28

‘Hamilton: The Revolution’: How a hip-hop Broadway musical became an American obsession

“Hamilton: The Revolution” By Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarterGrand Central Publishing (288 pages, $40)The revolution started with the idea that a hip-hop-Broadway marriage was the perfect veh...

Updated : 2016.07.13 15:03

Philip Onho Lee captures daily grind of immigrant life in U.S.

“Olympic Boulevard” Philip Onho Lee (Translated by John Cha)Seoul Selection (12,000 won, $10)Philip Onho Lee’s “Olympic Boulevard,” published last month, details the daily joys and sorrows of imm...

Updated : 2016.07.06 15:19