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The Latest: Author grateful inmate didn't face firing squad

Nov. 11, 2019 6:18 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a Utah death-row inmate who died in prison (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Author Jon Krakauer says he's grateful that a Utah death-row inmate who killed his brother's wife and her toddler has died of natural causes and won't be executed by firing squad in what would have...

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...

'My Penguin Year' works best as companion to nature series

Nov. 11, 2019 4:11 PM EST

"My Penguin Year: Life Among the Emperors," William Morrow, by Lindsay McCrae It's an odd thing to write in a book review, but "My Penguin Year" is better seen than read. The good news is you can do just that. McCrae spent 337 days in Antarctica as the director of photography for the BBC series "Dynasties,"...

Author makes readers care about boys about to become men

Nov. 11, 2019 4:08 PM EST

"Nothing More Dangerous," Mulholland, by Allen Eskens Nothing is more dangerous, says one character quoting the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., than "sheer ignorance." That danger can be extended to hatred, bigotry, uncontrolled anger and family ties as Allen Eskens' sixth novel poignantly shows. "Nothing More...

Fans and newcomers alike will enjoy 'Twisted Twenty-Six'

Nov. 11, 2019 4:05 PM EST

"Twisted Twenty-Six," Putnam, by Janet Evanovich Edna Mazur, Stephanie's eccentric grandmother, marries a gangster named Jimmy Rosolli, but becomes a widow less than an hour later when he keels over from a heart attack. His associates and exes immediately come out of the woodwork accusing Mazur of arranging his...

Iran bans sale of Israeli author accused of Darwinism

Nov. 11, 2019 1:11 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Tehran publishers' league in Iran says it has outlawed buying or selling books by the bestselling Israeli author Yuval Noah Harari. Iran's culture ministry banned his books from publication in May. The ministry alleges they promote the theory of evolution and fabricate history. The...

Author endeavors to show how animals relate to humans

Nov. 11, 2019 11:57 AM EST

"Our Wild Calling — How connecting with animals can transform our lives — and save theirs," Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, by Richard Louv Are we on the threshold of major advances in communicating with and learning from animals? Richard Louv thinks so. "Our Wild Calling" is a thoughtful, calm,...

Illinois EPA student contest focuses on algae's effect

Nov. 11, 2019 7:57 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' environmental agency is enlisting fifth and sixth grade students to educate people about how algae affects bodies of water using art or language. The theme for this year's contest held by the Illinois Environment Protection Agency is "Algae: The Good, the Bad, and the...

AP sources: Former Trump adviser John Bolton has a book deal

Nov. 10, 2019 6:13 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Former national security adviser John Bolton has a book deal, The Associated Press has learned. The hawkish Bolton departed in September because of numerous foreign policy disagreements with President Donald Trump. He reached a deal over the past few weeks with Simon & Schuster,...