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Review: Memoir of Northern Appalachia tackles regional myths

Feb. 12, 2019 1:39 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — "Appalachia North: A Memoir" (West Virginia University Press), by Matthew Ferrence. Since the 2016 election of President Donald Trump and the publication of J. D. Vance's memoir "Hillbilly Elegy" that same year, Appalachia has returned to the national spotlight as media and...

AP NewsBreak: Katie Couric writing memoir, expected for 2021

Feb. 12, 2019 7:24 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Katie Couric is writing a memoir, one she is counting on to live up to its title: "Unexpected." In an announcement Tuesday, the publisher Little, Brown and Company told The Associated Press that the book was scheduled for spring 2021. Couric plans to share details both "hilarious" and...

Audio-only book features writer's memories of Philip Roth

Feb. 5, 2019 12:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An upcoming audio-only book will feature an author's memories of his complicated friendship with the late Philip Roth. James Atlas' "Remembering Roth" comes out March 1, the audio publisher and distributor Audible announced Tuesday. Atlas, whose books have ranged from the memoir "My Life in...

Historians irked by musical 'Hamilton' escalate their duel

Feb. 4, 2019 3:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Ever since the historical musical "Hamilton" began its march to near-universal infatuation, one group has noticeably withheld its applause — historians. Many academics argue the portrait of Alexander Hamilton, the star of our $10 bills, is a counterfeit. Now they're escalating their...

Silicon Valley eatery bans 'Make America Great Again' hats

Jan. 31, 2019 2:41 PM EST

SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) — Patrons won't be served at a Silicon Valley restaurant if they wear a "Make America Great Again" baseball cap. J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, a chef-partner of the Wursthall restaurant in San Mateo, California, said in a tweet last weekend that he views the hats as symbols of intolerance and...

The Old Man and the Play: Friend keeps word to Hemingway

Jan. 29, 2019 8:59 PM EST

WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — When the 1958 film adaptation of "The Old Man and the Sea" hit theaters, Ernest Hemingway happened to be in New York City to watch the World Series and invited his close friend A.E. Hotchner to go see the movie with him. "About 12 or 13 minutes after we sat down, he turns to me and...

Shia LaBeouf turned rehab into a writing room for new film

Jan. 26, 2019 9:45 AM EST

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Shia LaBeouf latest film was born in an unusual place — court-ordered rehab. The actor spent time writing the script for his semi-autobiographical "Honey Boy" while he was being treated for substance abuse after a 2017 arrest. "He wrote this script in rehab and actually sent...

Tara Westover among PEN award nominees

Jan. 24, 2019 8:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Tara Westover's best-selling memoir "Educated" and Richard Powers' novel "The Overstory" are among the nominees for a $75,000 award presented by the literary and human rights organization PEN America. On Thursday, PEN announced finalists for everything from translation to science to sports...

Russell Baker, author and NY Times columnist is dead at 93

Jan. 23, 2019 9:55 AM EST

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — Russell Baker, the genial, but sharp-witted writer who won Pulitzer Prizes for his humorous columns in The New York Times and a moving autobiography of his impoverished Baltimore childhood and later hosted television's "Masterpiece Theatre," has died. He was 93. Allen Baker told The...

'I still weep': Parkland survivors write book on shooting

Jan. 22, 2019 10:55 AM EST

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — "Parkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share Their Stories" needed to be written, its authors believe, but wish desperately it hadn't. The book by 43 students and teachers who lived through February's high school massacre gives a poignant, raw, and sometimes graphic...