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Column: Johnson will chase challenges long into retirement

Sep. 26, 2022 16:22 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — There is a scene in Jimmie Johnson's coffee table book “One More Lap” in which the seven-time NASCAR champion and future Hall of Famer gives a dramatic reading of an excerpt from a biography of the late journalist Hunter S. Thompson. The author, Robert...

George Floyd biography among National Book Award nominees

Sep. 15, 2022 20:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A biography of the late George Floyd and poetry by Pulitzer Prize winner Sharon Olds were among the works included Thursday on long lists for the National Book Awards. “His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice,” by...

Andrew Morton bio of Queen Elizabeth II due in November

Sep. 14, 2022 14:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The British author known in part for his news-making bestseller on Princess Diana has a biography of Queen Elizabeth II coming out Nov. 15. Andrew Morton's “The Queen” was supposed to be published in 2023, but it was moved to this fall after the queen died last week at age 96....

Review: Ian McEwan returns with masterful book 'Lessons'

Sep. 12, 2022 09:55 AM EDT

“Lessons,” by Ian McEwan (Alfred A. Knopf) “Roland occasionally reflected on the events and accidents, personal and global, minuscule and momentous that had formed and determined his existence.” That one sentence in Ian McEwan’s new novel, “Lessons,” nicely sums up the...

Review: Man Ray muse Kiki de Montparnasse takes center stage

Aug. 15, 2022 17:09 PM EDT

“Kiki Man Ray,” by Mark Braude (W.W. Norton) You may have seen the famous picture of her nude back marked with the sound holes of a violin, which recently sold for $12.4 million, the highest price ever paid for a photograph at auction. Or, if not that, then an equally striking...

David McCullough, Pulitzer-winning historian, dies at 89

Aug. 08, 2022 18:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — David McCullough, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose lovingly crafted narratives on subjects ranging from the Brooklyn Bridge to Presidents John Adams and Harry Truman made him among the most popular and influential historians of his time, has died. He was 89. ...

Ivana Trump, first wife of former president, dies at 73

Jul. 14, 2022 20:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ivana Trump, a skier-turned-businesswoman who formed half of a publicity power couple in the 1980s as the first wife of former President Donald Trump and mother of his oldest children, has died in New York City, her family announced Thursday. She was 73. The former...