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German author Jenny Erpenbeck wins International Booker Prize for tale of tangled love affair

May. 21, 2024 18:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — German author Jenny Erpenbeck and translator Michael Hofmann won the International Booker Prize for fiction Tuesday for “Kairos,” the story of a tangled love affair during the final years of East Germany’s existence. Erpenbeck said she hoped the book would help...

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May. 21, 2024 16:12 PM EDT

Nonfiction 1. Good Energy by Casey Means, MD, and Calley Means, narrated by Casey Means, MD (Penguin Audio) 2. Atomic Habits by James Clear, narrated by the author (Penguin Audio) 3. The Anxious Generation by Jonathan Haidt, narrated by Sean Pratt and...

Book Review: 'Ascent to Power' studies how Harry Truman overcame lack of preparation in transition

May. 21, 2024 10:47 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Harry Truman's ascension to the presidency after Franklin Roosevelt's death was a rocky one, and it came at a pivotal time in the nation's history. Once a senator who complained that the 32nd president treated him like “an office boy,” Truman left the...

2 top Penguin Random House editors leaving amid ongoing changes at publishing house

May. 20, 2024 20:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two top editors at Penguin Random House are leaving as the country's leading trading publisher continues to transform during a period of uncertain revenues and generational change. The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a Penguin Random House division, announced...

Book Review: 'Cujo' character returns as one of 12 stories in Stephen King’s ‘You Like It Darker'

May. 20, 2024 14:53 PM EDT

In Stephen King’s world, “It” is a loaded word. It’s hard not to picture Pennywise the Clown haunting the sewers of Derry, Maine, of course, but in the horror writer’s newest collection of stories, “You Like It Darker,” “It” ranges from a suspicious stranger on a park bench, to an...

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May. 16, 2024 12:44 PM EDT

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “The Women” by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s) 2. “Funny Story” by Emily Henry (Berkley) 3. “The 24th Hour” by Patterson/Paetro (Little, Brown) 4. “Five Broken Blades (deluxe ltd. ec)” by Mai Corland...

Canadian historian Michael Ignatieff wins Spain's Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences

May. 15, 2024 07:14 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Canadian historian and writer Michael Ignatieff has won Spain’s Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences for his “critical reflections on the major conflicts of our time,” prize organizers said Wednesday. With more than 20 books that range from human...

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May. 14, 2024 15:15 PM EDT

Nonfiction 1. Bits and Pieces by Whoopi Goldberg, narrated by the author (Blackstone Publishing) 2. Atomic Habits by James Clear, narrated by the author (Penguin Audio) 3. The Anxious Generation by Jonathan Haidt, narrated by Sean Pratt and the author...

Alice Munro, Nobel literature winner revered as short story master, dead at 92

May. 14, 2024 15:02 PM EDT

Nobel laureate Alice Munro, the Canadian literary giant who became one of the world’s most esteemed contemporary authors and one of history's most honored short story writers, has died at age 92. A spokesperson for publisher Penguin Random House Canada said Munro, winner of the...

Free 'Buzz Book' compilation includes excerpts from Dava Sobel, Jami Attenberg

May. 14, 2024 10:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New fiction from Jami Attenberg and from young adult authors Kwame Mbalia and Robert Beatty and the latest book on science from best-selling writer Dava Sobel are among the upcoming works excerpted for a free e-compilation. The industry newsletter Publishers Lunch...