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Set the table early, and other tips for Thanksgiving hosts

Nov. 13, 2019 11:33 AM EST

Hosting Thanksgiving isn’t for the faint of heart. There are more dishes than you might usually serve. More timing concerns because of that. More pots and plates to wash. And perhaps more family dynamics, buried deep below the surface for the other 364 days a year, that threaten to bubble up through the...

For 'Joy of Cooking' revision, editors mixed marriage, food

Nov. 12, 2019 4:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Imagine carefully testing several thousand recipes for a beloved cookbook. Then imagine coming up with 600 brand new ones. Now imagine doing all that in your home kitchen. Without a dishwasher. That was the monumental task John Becker and his wife, Megan Scott, took on almost a decade ago...

Review: 'Life Isn't Everything' toasts director Mike Nichols

Nov. 12, 2019 1:54 PM EST

"Life isn't everything: Mike Nichols, as remembered by 103 of his closest friends," Henry Holt and Co., by Ash Carter and Sam Kashner The subtitle of "Life isn't everything," a captivating oral history of the late director Mike Nichols, is no joke. But just how did the man behind popular movies like "The...

Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii is writing memoir, due in 2021

Nov. 12, 2019 10:16 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, the Senate's first Asian American woman and only current immigrant, is working on a memoir. Viking announced Tuesday that the book, currently untitled, will come out in 2021. Hirono, 72, will write about emigrating at age 8 to the United States after her mother...

Airborne Toxic Event leader Mikel Jollett writing memoir

Nov. 12, 2019 8:01 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Airborne Toxic Event frontman Mikel Jollett is writing a memoir. Celadon Books announced Tuesday that Jollett's "Hollywood Park," also the title of the band's next album, will come out May 5. According to the publisher, the 45-year-old Jollett will describe surviving the cult community...

The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

Nov. 11, 2019 4:22 PM EST

Audible.com best-sellers for week ending November 8: Fiction: 1. You Can Thank Me Later: A Novella by James Dommek, Jr., Josephine Holtzman, Isaac Kestenbaum, narrated by James Dommek, Jr. (Audible Original) 2. Viva Durant and the Secret of the Silver Buttons by Ashli St. Armant, narrated by Bahni Turpin (Audible...

Reflections on writing about the lives of Beckett, Beauvoir

Nov. 11, 2019 4:16 PM EST

"Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me: A Memoir," Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, by Deirdre Bair Deirdre Bair has spent her life writing well-received biographies of some of the 20th century's most fascinating people, including Al Capone and Carl Jung. Yet the only two subjects that anyone has...

Robbie Robertson looks backward and forward with film, music

Nov. 7, 2019 12:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — There's a mournful track on Robbie Robertson's latest album that clearly stands out. Called "Once Were Brothers," it's as sad as an obituary. In a way it is. The former songwriter and guitarist for The Band wrote it in honor of his four Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ex-bandmates, three of...

Memoir by Mariah Carey to be published thanks to Andy Cohen

Nov. 7, 2019 12:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A memoir by Mariah Carey is on the list of titles from Andy Cohen Books. Henry Holt and Company announced Thursday that Cohen's self-named imprint will launch in 2020. It says the imprint will feature three nonfiction works by women. Carey's memoir will be about her journey to superstar...

Review: Fine biography focuses on Brando's internal struggle

Nov. 6, 2019 10:58 AM EST

"The Contender: The Story of Marlon Brando," Harper, by William J. Mann Marlon Brando made no apologies for being an iconoclast and living and loving as he chose, even scorning the adulation that came with being called the most influential actor in the last seven decades. The media-fed public often saw hypocrisy...