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Bernard Bailyn poses in his Harvard University office in Cambridge, Mass., Feb. 26, 2003. Bailyn, one of the country’s leading historians of the early U.S., has died at age 97. Bailyn was best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution,” among the most influential historical works of the past few decades. (AP Photo/Julia Malakie, File)

Eminent scholar of early U.S., Bernard Bailyn, dies at 97

Aug. 7, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Bernard Bailyn, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and educator of lasting influence whose “The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution” transformed how many thought about the country’s formation, has died at 97. Bailyn's wife, Lotte, told The Associated Press...

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2016, file photo, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz is pictured while meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican. Steinsaltz, a prolific Jewish scholar who spent 45 years compiling a monumental and ground-breaking translation of the Talmud, has died. He was 83. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Adin Steinsaltz, groundbreaking Talmud translator, dies

Aug. 7, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, a prolific Jewish scholar who spent 45 years compiling a monumental and ground-breaking translation of the Talmud, has died. He was 83. The Steinsaltz Center, the Jerusalem educational institute he founded, said he died Friday in Jerusalem after suffering from...

Best-Sellers-Books-USAToday

Aug. 6, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

1. “Too Much and Never Enough” by Mary L. Trump (Simon & Schuster) 2. “Deadlock” by Catherine Coulter (Gallery Books) 3. “1st Case” by James Pattersonby Chris Tebbetts (Littleby Brown) 4. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens (G.P. Putnam’s...

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

Aug. 6, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “1st Case” by Patterson/Tebbetts (Little, Brown) 2. “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett (Riverhead) 3. “The Order” by Daniel Silva (Harper) 4. “Near Dark” by Brad Thor (Atria) 5. “28 Summers” by Elin Hilderbrand...

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Former President Bush pays tribute to immigrants in new book

Aug. 6, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A new book by former President George W. Bush will highlight an issue which now sets him apart from many of his fellow Republicans — immigration. Crown announced Thursday that Bush's “Out Of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants” will be published March 2. The...

Poet Tammi Truax looks over her recent work, as her pug

Weekly poems elevate New Hampshire city's virus newsletters

Aug. 6, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Valerie Rochon is eager to read her email every Monday morning, even when it makes her cry. In addition to the endless Zoom meeting invitations, each week brings a new poem tucked into otherwise matter-of-fact messages about the coronavirus pandemic from the Portsmouth city manager....

FILE - In this May 3, 1965, file photo, Shirley Ann Grau, winner of a Pulitzer for her third novel

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Shirley Ann Grau dies at 91

Aug. 5, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Shirley Ann Grau, a Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer whose stories and novels told of both the dark secrets and the beauty of the Deep South, has died. She was 91. Grau died Monday in a New Orleans-area memory care facility of complications from a stroke, her daughter Nora McAlister...

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Book Review: Deceit and desire await in White's new novel

Aug. 5, 2020 2:56 PM EDT

“A Saint from Texas,” Edmund White (Bloomsbury Publishing) There is a lot to appreciate in Edmund White’s “A Saint from Texas:” the artful prose, the vivid storytelling, the darkly whimsical tone. It is the story of twins Yvonne and Yvette, two young heiresses growing up in...

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Review: A superb Rylance lifts up languorous 'Barbarians'

Aug. 5, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

Watching Mark Rylance play a man of basic decency getting swallowed up by an evil world — and a sadistic Johnny Depp — in “Waiting for the Barbarians," I absent-mindedly jotted down in my notes: “Nobody does basic decency like Mark Rylance.” Then I remembered: Nobody quite does...

Arizona history Aug. 9-15

Aug. 5, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

Sunday, Aug. 9 On this date in 1860, Sylvester Mowry became the owner of the Patagonia Mine for which he paid $22,500. On this date in 1909, a party of six men with Dean Byron Cummings, archaeologist from the University of Arizona, became the first white men to see the Betatakin Ruins. On this date in 1913, 25...