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Author of flattering Trump biography gets pardon from Trump

May. 16, 2019 6:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday granted a full pardon to Conrad Black, a former newspaper publisher who has written a flattering political biography of Trump. Black's media empire once included the Chicago Sun-Times and The Daily Telegraph of London. He was convicted of fraud in 2007...

Review: New anthology of Gabriel Garcia Marquez journalism

May. 15, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

"The Scandal of the Century and Other Writings," by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Alfred A. Knopf). Although he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's first love was journalism. Calling it "the best job in the world," he said, "I am basically a journalist. All my life I have been a...

Free e-book features excerpts from Moyes, Chbosky

May. 14, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A free e-book collection allows fans of Tracy Chevalier, JoJo Moyes and more than 40 other writers to read early excerpts of their upcoming books. "Buzz Books 2019: Fall/Winter," published Tuesday, features such works as Chevalier's "A Single Thread" and Moyes' "The Giver of Stars." Other...

Doris Day, actress who honed wholesome image, dies at 97

May. 13, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

Doris Day, the sunny blond actress and singer whose frothy comedic roles opposite the likes of Rock Hudson and Cary Grant made her one of Hollywood's biggest stars in the 1950s and '60s and a symbol of wholesome American womanhood, died Monday. She was 97. In more recent years, Day had been an animal rights...

Lindsey Vonn memoir 'Rise: My Story' coming next year

May. 13, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lindsey Vonn, the retired Alpine skiing champion, is ready to look back. Vonn's memoir, "Rise: My Story," will come next year, Dey Street Books announced Monday. Vonn will describe her "epic journey" from childhood in Minnesota to international fame; her achievements, including 82 World Cup...

Review: Dustin Lance Black's memoir hooks readers quickly

May. 13, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

"Mama's Boy: A Story from Our Americas" (Knopf), by Dustin Lance Black Dustin Lance Black's new memoir hooks readers right off the bat by describing the moment his beloved mother might die. The beginning of "Mama's Boy: A Story from Our Americas" opens with Black sitting in the back seat of a taxi, driving to the...

AP Interview: Oates haunted by family denial of Jewish roots

May. 12, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — American author Joyce Carol Oates says her family's denial of its Jewish roots haunted her for decades and has shaped her into the famously prolific writer she is today. Oates, who is making her first-ever trip to Israel to receive the prestigious Jerusalem Prize, said that her Jewish...

Zito book to detail baseball career, religious belief

May. 11, 2019 12:37 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barry Zito has written a book detailing his rise and fall as a baseball pitcher and his intensifying belief in religion. "Curveball" will be published Sept. 17 by Thomas Nelson, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. It was authored by Zito with Robert Noland, who has worked...

Witness testifies on secret society's 'sex slave' initiation

May. 7, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman testified on Tuesday that shortly after being recruited for a secret "master-slave" society within an upstate New York self-help group she got a disturbing message from her handler: It was her turn to "seduce" the group's leader, Keith Raniere. The witness at Raniere's trial at...

Barack Obama's book not expected to be released in 2019

May. 7, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama's post-White House memoir isn't expected to be released this year, setting up the likelihood that the highly anticipated book will drop during the 2020 campaign. Publisher Penguin Random House started alerting foreign partners and others about the status of...