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FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2016, file photo, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz is pictured while meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican. Steinsaltz, a prolific Jewish scholar who spent 45 years compiling a monumental and ground-breaking translation of the Talmud, has died. He was 83. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Clarification: Israel-Obit-Steinsaltz story

Aug. 12, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — In an obituary about Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz published Aug. 7, 2020, The Associated Press, citing information from the website of the learning center he founded, reported that he had written more than 60 books. The website has been updated to show he authored over 200 books. The...

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Review: `Story of Gardening' gets a timely update

Aug. 11, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

“The Story of Gardening,” by Penelope Hobhouse and Ambra Edwards (Princeton Architectural Press) It's an opportune time for an update to this lavishly illustrated history of gardening and landscaping. “The Story of Gardening” might sit (heavily) on a coffee table, but it transports the...

Audible best-sellers for week ending August 7th, 2020

Aug. 11, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

Audible best-sellers for the week ending August 7th: Nonfiction 1. Thicker than Water by Tyler Shultz, narrated by the author (Audible Originals) 2. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, narrated by Vanessa Redgrave (Audible Originals) 3. Dan Rather: Stories of a Lifetime by Dan Rather, performed by the...


Aug. 11, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

1. Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer 2. Caste (Oprah’s Book Club) by Isabel Wilkerson 3. The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter 4. Live Free Or Die by Sean Hannity 5. The Guest List by Lucy Foley 6. Near Dark by Brad Thor 7. The Woods by Harlan Coben 8. The Order by Daniel Silva 9. Where the Crawdads...

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Sharon Stone writes memoir that doesn't 'pull any punches'

Aug. 11, 2020 10:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sharon Stone has taken on a new, real-life role — memoir writer. “I have learned to forgive the unforgivable," says Stone, whose ”The Beauty of Living Twice" comes out in March. "My hope is that as I share my journey, you too will learn to do the same.” Alfred A....

Pro wrestling star James 'Kamala' Harris dies at 70

Aug. 10, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

James Harris, a Mississippi-born sharecropper who gained international fame as “Kamala the Ugandan Giant,” a massive professional wrestler who buried opponents with his trademark “splash,” has died. World Wrestling Entertainment confirmed his death in a statement Sunday. Kenny...

French publisher's jarring memoir to be released in English

Aug. 10, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An English-language edition of “Le Consentement,” a French publisher's jarring memoir about her abusive relationship as a teenager with a prominent writer in his 50s, will come out next year. HarperVia, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced Monday that Vanessa...

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Review: American culture seen new in 'After the Last Border'

Aug. 10, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

“After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America," by Jessica Goudeau, (Viking) In this book we take a journey into American culture through the eyes of Mu Naw from Myanmar, and Hasna from Syria. Mu Naw arrived in 2007; Hasna in 2016, both as refugees and both unwittingly arriving...

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Review: Bombings and a disappearance fuel Parker's new novel

Aug. 10, 2020 9:45 AM EDT

“Then She Vanished,” by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) With each new book in T. Jefferson Parker’s series featuring San Diego private detective Roland Ford, the less the yarns resemble private eye novels and the more they bring to mind apocalyptic James Bond thrillers. Fans of detective...

Hudda Ibrahim talks about her new children's book

Children's book on the hijab puts Muslim girls in spotlight

Aug. 10, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Children want to see characters who look like them, said Hudda Ibrahim. Last year, her niece Fatima asked why books don’t have characters like her. “I said, ‘I’ll do it. I’ll fix it,’” Ibrahim said. In April her children’s...