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Winfrey chooses "Hidden Valley Road" for book club

Apr. 7, 2020 8:51 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey's new book club pick is Robert Kolker's “Hidden Valley Road,” an in-depth account of a 1950s family in which six of 12 children were diagnosed with schizophrenia. Winfrey says she will continue picking books during the coronavirus outbreak, and will seek new ways...

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Wetmore’s debut “Valentine” is a gripping women's saga

Apr. 6, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

“Valentine” (Harper), by Elizabeth Wetmore Don’t be misled by the title of Elizabeth Wetmore ’s excellent debut novel, “Valentine.” It is not a gentle narrative that begets sweet memories of romance. The opening two sections, “Gloria” and “Mary...

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Review: Novelist Don Winslow goes small and succeeds wildly

Apr. 6, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

“Broken” by Don Winslow (William Morrow) Don Winslow, whose work includes a dozen of the finest crime novels written in the last 20 years, displays all of his strengths, including propulsive narration, compelling characters and a tight, staccato writing style, in “Broken,” a collection...

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Anne Tyler talks Baltimore, her new book and social distance

Apr. 6, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After more than 20 books, Anne Tyler still finds ways to challenge herself. Her new novel, “Redhead By the Side of the Road,” is, of course, set in her longtime home of Baltimore and features the family and romantic entanglements and other narrative touches Tyler fans know...

FILE - In this June 16, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman, center, sits on the field with his daughters Mackenzie, left, and Hayden, right, before a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Washington. With baseball on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, Zimmerman occasionally will offer his thoughts via diary entries published by the AP, while waiting for the 2020 season to begin. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Nats star Zimmerman's AP diary: Reading 'Chocolate Factory'

Apr. 3, 2020 12:08 PM EDT

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ryan Zimmerman is a two-time All-Star infielder who has played 15 years in the majors, all with the Washington Nationals. He holds most of the team’s career hitting records, and his two homers and seven RBIs last postseason helped the Nationals win their first World Series...

Best-Sellers-Books-USAToday

Apr. 2, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

1. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng (Penguin) 2. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens (G. P. Putnam’s Sons) 3. “The Sinner” by J.R. Ward (Gallery Books) 4. “The Splendid and the Vile” by Erik Larson (Crown) 5. “Little Blue...

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

Apr. 2, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

Best-Selling Books Week Ended March 28th. HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “The Boy from the Woods” by Harlan Coben (Grand Central Publishing) 2. “American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins (Flatiron Books) 3. “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse″ by Charlie Mackesy (Harperone) 4. "The...

FILE - This May 22, 2018 file photo shows Stephen King at the 2018 PEN Literary Gala in New York. With independent bookstores shut down nationwide, a new online seller is offering help. In January, Andy Hunter launched Bookshop.org.  Simon & Schuster is adding buy buttons for Bookshop.org to all of its websites and promoting Bookshop through emails and elsewhere online. It also has enlisted numerous authors, among them Stephen King, Susan Orlean and Jason Reynolds, to get the word out about Bookshop on social media and elsewhere. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

New online store offers help to shuttered indie booksellers

Apr. 2, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

Andy Hunter, founder of a new online sales outlet for independent booksellers, had seen a crisis building well before the coronavirus pandemic shut down many of the country's stores. "Between 2015 and 2018, I saw this big jump in the percentage of weekly sales for physical books that were going to Amazon.com,"...

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Dav Pilkey launches new 'Cat Kid Comic Club' series

Apr. 2, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Dav Pilkey is going to the cats. The million-selling author of the “Captain Underpants” and “Dog Man” series is starting the “Cat Kid Comic Club,” Scholastic announced Thursday. The first book will be released Dec. 1. “The launch of this new...

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'Lost Children' author: Writers must 'document' pandemic

Apr. 2, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Cooped up at her Bronx home with her daughter and a niece because of the coronavirus pandemic, Mexican writer Valeria Luiselli says she has lowered the “volume and speed” of her life. She is arranging books in alphabetical order, planting legumes on her balcony and listening...