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Murakami's new novel set for release in Japan in February

TOKYO (AP) -- Haruki Murakami’s new novel is set for release in Japan in February -- and that’s about as much as his fans are being told.Publisher Shinchosha Publishing Co. made the announcement Wed...

Updated : 2016.12.01 14:10

Spanish author Mendoza wins 2016 Cervantes literature prize

MADRID (AP) -- Spanish novelist Eduardo Mendoza has won the 2016 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world’s highest literary honor, for bringing a “new narrative style to Spanish fiction.”Educat...

Updated : 2016.12.01 13:37

'Napoleon's Last Island,' by Thomas Keneally

“Napoleon's Last Island” By Thomas KeneallyAtria Books (423 pages, $30) Australian Thomas Keneally, author of “Schindler’s List” and 2013’s brilliant “The Daughters of Mars,” is one of the f...

Updated : 2016.11.30 14:21

Lead-up to day of infamy

“Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack” By Steve TwomeySimon & Schuster (416 pages, $30) As Hollywood regularly reminds us, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on Dec....

Updated : 2016.11.30 14:18

‘The Lion in the Living Room’ explores why we love cats

“The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World”By Abigail TuckerSimon & Schuster (237 pages, $26)I read much of Abigail Tucker's “The Lion in the Living Room,” appro...

Updated : 2016.11.30 14:14

Coll Thrush’s ‘Indigenous London’ spins history’s lens

“Indigenous London: Native Travelers at the Heart of Empire” By Coll ThrushYale University Press (328 pages, $38)Vancouver-based scholar and author Coll Thrush cleverly spins history's lens with “...

Updated : 2016.11.30 14:12

Megyn Kelly's memoir revisits controversies with Roger Ailes and Donald Trump

“Settle for More” By Megyn KellyHarper (352 pages, $18) This was supposed to be the Year of the Woman. Instead, 2016 has shaped up to be the Year of Powerful Men and the Women They Demeaned, Harass...

Updated : 2016.11.30 14:10

From fashion to film, gift-worthy coffee table books abound

NEW YORK (AP) - Come holiday time, there's never a shortage of splashy coffee table books to please just about any aficionado.Some suggestions:Fashion & style“Fashion Made Fair,” by Magdalena Schaffrin and Ellen Kohrer, Prestel, $49.95. Know someone deeply committed to sustainability in ...

Updated : 2016.11.17 11:48

Charming stories of English village life in 'Notwithstanding'

“Notwithstanding”By Louis de BernieresVintage (372 pages, $16)“Notwithstanding,” the new collection of 22 short stories from Louis de Bernieres, is utterly charming. And, no, that’s not damning w...

Updated : 2016.11.16 14:40

Short, masterful take on Hitchcock's life and works

“Alfred Hitchcock: A Brief Life” By Peter AckroydDoubleday (276 pages, $26.95)There are days when an 800-page biography of some fascinating person is just what we want to dive into. And then, there...

Updated : 2016.11.16 14:34

A journalist takes on China in ‘Boat Rocker’

“The Boat Rocker” By Ha JinPantheon (240 pages, $25.95)“You’re like a little turtle attempting to rock a boat shared by two huge countries.”Hence the title of Ha Jin’s “The Boat Rocker,” in w...

Updated : 2016.11.09 15:24

James Buchanan resonates in current climate

“Enough Said” By Mark ThompsonSt. Martin’s (342 pages, $27.99)“Worst. President. Ever” By Robert StraussLyons (257 pages, $26.95)The United States of America is a place made of words.In the Eur...

Updated : 2016.11.09 15:16

Belafonte, Mantel among this year’s ‘Library Lions’

NEW YORK (AP) -- Being named a “Library Lion” by the New York Public Library was one of Harry Belafonte’s easier awards.“I was pleasantly surprised when I learned about this,” the activist and entertainer said Monday night during the library’s annual gala in celebration of “exceptio...

Updated : 2016.11.08 14:54

Jean Kennedy Smith writes of childhood in famous political family

“The Nine of Us”By Jean Kennedy SmithHarper (272 pages, $29.99)Jean Kennedy Smith takes comfort in memory in her new book, “The Nine of Us: Growing Up Kennedy.” Now 88, the last of her parents’ c...

Updated : 2016.11.03 17:03

Al Capone bio suffers from acceptance of relatives' stories as fact

“Capone” By Deirdre BairNan A. Talese/Doubleday (395 pages, $30)Go into any souvenir store on a touristy Chicago street and behold the man: Al Capone. His visage will adorn T-shirts, refrigerator m...

Updated : 2016.11.03 16:59