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Book reflects on Rock Hudson's stardom, closeted love life

Dec. 17, 2018 4:13 PM EST

"All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson" (Harper), by Mark Griffin Had Rock Hudson not died of AIDS in 1985, he might be best remembered as the most successful of the postwar male stars who got into the movies solely on their looks. He remained on the screen for decades because of a likability that...

From Trump to #MeToo, publishing made headlines in 2018

Dec. 14, 2018 12:49 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The publishing world made headlines in 2018, and not always by design. A wave of best-sellers offered damaging accounts of Donald Trump's White House, a million-selling memoir by Michelle Obama had readers longing for the previous administration and a political thriller by former President...

Holocaust survivor killed by car while crossing street

Dec. 13, 2018 7:39 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 92-year-old man who survived Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust was struck and killed by a car while crossing a street near his home in Oregon. Alter Wiener died Tuesday in Hillsboro and was pronounced dead at a hospital, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported . Wiener endured...

Robert Caro reflects on his career in upcoming book

Dec. 12, 2018 8:10 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Caro's next book isn't his fifth and final volume on Lyndon Johnson or like anything he has done before. "Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing," to be published by Alfred A. Knopf in April, combines personal reflections and professional guidance as Caro looks back on his...

Memoirist who wrote about priest dad wins Thurber prize

Dec. 11, 2018 1:59 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A woman who wrote a memoir about having a married Roman Catholic priest for a father has won the country's top humor writing prize. Patricia Lockwood, author of "Priestdaddy," received the Thurber Prize for American Humor last week in Columbus, Ohio. The Thurber House literary center...

Obama extends tour as sales for 'Becoming' top 3 million

Dec. 11, 2018 9:48 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sales for Michelle Obama's memoir have topped 3 million and the former first lady is extending her book tour into 2019. "Becoming," published four weeks ago, is among the fastest-selling nonfiction books in history and already among the best-selling political memoirs of all time. Live...

Dick Cheney biopic 'Vice' tops Golden Globes nominations

Dec. 6, 2018 2:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Adam McKay's Dick Cheney biopic "Vice" staged an awards-season coup Thursday, landing a leading six nominations from the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards to narrowly edge more expected favorites like Bradley Cooper's tear-jerking revival "A Star Is Born," the interracial road-trip drama...

The Latest: 'Vice' leads Golden Globe nominees with 6 nods

Dec. 6, 2018 10:35 AM EST

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the announcement of nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California (all times local): 6:05 a.m. Adam McKay's Dick Cheney biopic "Vice" has swooped in to lead nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards with six nods. The...

Review: John McPhee is at his brilliant best in 'The Patch'

Dec. 3, 2018 1:13 PM EST

"The Patch" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), by John McPhee Eighty-seven and 33. That's the age of John McPhee and the number of books he's written, counting his latest, "The Patch." One could forgive McPhee if he spent all his time in a canoe with a fishing rod when not enjoying the company of his 10 grandchildren....

Einstein's religious views on display at 2 New York auctions

Nov. 30, 2018 6:51 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Did Albert Einstein believe in God? The famous physicist was constantly questioned about his religious beliefs during his lifetime. Two Einstein artifacts up for auction in New York contained clues to the spiritual beliefs of the 20th century's best-known thinker. Sotheby's offered a Bible...