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Professor turns to poetry to help manage medical treatment

Jan. 17, 2022 01:03 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Ellen Samuels has spent a lot of hours in loud, cramped MRI machines. She said medical personnel would give her these “little headphones” to play music, but the sound of banging metal coils and vibrating electrical pulses all but muted that music. ...

Mississippi College faculty member earns book award

Jan. 16, 2022 13:21 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A book written by an associate professor at Mississippi College has earned a top honor from the Mississippi Historical Society. The society has named “Complexion of Empire in Natchez: Race and Slavery in the Mississippi Borderlands,” by Dr. Christian...

Virginia school district to remove controversial gender book

Jan. 16, 2022 12:18 PM EST

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — A school district in Virginia plans to pull copies of the controversial book, “Gender Queer: A Memoir,” from its library shelves. The Washington Post reports that Loudoun County school officials are citing color illustrations that were deemed inappropriate....

Author publishes 7th poetry book in time for Valentine’s Day

Jan. 16, 2022 09:04 AM EST

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Just in time for the Valentine’s Day season to kick in, local author Khary Tolliver has love on the brain, recently publishing his seventh book, “Effortless Love,” a book of love poems and relationship affirmations. Originally from the Bronx, New...

Iran's Iraj Pezeshkzad, who wrote 'My Uncle Napoleon,' dies

Jan. 14, 2022 22:41 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iraj Pezeshkzad, an Iranian author whose bestselling comic novel, “My Uncle Napoleon,” lampooned Persian culture's self-aggrandizing and paranoid behavior as the country entered the modern era, has died. He was 94. The travails of Uncle Napoleon, whose...

Spider-Man comic page sells for record $3.36M bidding

Jan. 13, 2022 22:15 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — A single page of artwork from a 1984 Spider-Man comic book sold at auction Thursday for a record $3.36 million. Mike Zeck's artwork for page 25 from Marvel Comics' “Secret Wars No. 8” brings the first appearance of Spidey's black suit. The symbiote suit would...

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Jan. 13, 2022 15:56 PM EST

1. “Atomic Habits” by James Clear (Avery) 2. “It Ends With Us” by Colleen Hoover (Atria Books) 3. “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Washington Square Press) 4. “Invisible” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte) ...

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Jan. 13, 2022 15:13 PM EST

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “Invisible” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte) 2. “The Judge’s List” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 3. “The Last Thing He Told Me” by Laura Dave (Simon & Schuster) 4. “The Wish” by Nicholas Sparks (Grand...

Review: 'Wahala' is a solid, slow-burn, page-turning mystery

Jan. 13, 2022 09:38 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — “Wahala” by Nikki May (William Morrow/Custom House) The African word “wahala,” used commonly in Nigeria, means trouble and that's just what happens when three Anglo-Nigerian best friends in their 30s add a fourth woman to the mix. Boo, Simi...

Fa La La La La! Sandra Boynton has an imprint all her own

Jan. 13, 2022 08:38 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sandra Boynton's prolific career as an author, cartoonist and songwriter has reached the point where a publisher has formed an imprint dedicated solely to her books. On Thursday, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing announced the launch of Boynton...