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Winfrey chooses the novel "American Dirt" for her book club

Jan. 21, 2020 8:35 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeanine Cummins' “American Dirt,” one of the year's most anticipated and debated novels, is Oprah Winfrey's new pick for her book club. “American Dirt,” published Tuesday, tells of a bookstore owner in Acapulco, Mexico, who loses much of her family to a murderous...

2 Indiana counties become latest to end library late fees

Jan. 20, 2020 11:39 AM EST

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Libraries in two southern Indiana counties are the latest in the state to stop fining patrons for overdue items. The Owen County Public Library’s trustees voted last month to end overdue fines on Jan. 1, and last week the Monroe County Public Library’s trustees voted...

FILE - This June 23, 2019 file photo shows Al Sharpton presenting an award at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. Sharpton is working on a book meant to address what he calls an urgent moment in American history. Hanover Square Press announced Monday that the longtime civil rights activist's “Rise Up: Confronting a Country at the Crossroads” is coming out Sept. 15.(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

New Al Sharpton book looks at America's political crossroads

Jan. 20, 2020 8:02 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton is working on a book that will address what he calls an urgent moment in American history. The longtime civil rights activist's “Rise Up: Confronting a Country at the Crossroads” is coming out Sept. 15, less than two months before the 2020 election,...

In this recent photo, Dena Little poses at Storybook Farm in Opelika, Ala. Since beginning Storybook Farm 18 years ago, Little and the organization's volunteers have helped around 10,000 children.  (Jasmyne Ray/Opelika-Auburn News via AP)

Storybook Farm gives children back their childhood

Jan. 19, 2020 12:02 AM EST

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Dena Little understands the value of the human-animal bond and how it effects people, having grown up around animals, horses in particular, Taking bond a step further, she has come up with ways to help children going through difficult times. Little runs Storybook Farm, founded in 2002,...

Harvey Weinstein leaves a Manhattan courtroom after attending jury selection for his trial on rape and sexual assault charges, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial

Jan. 17, 2020 4:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A jury of seven men and five women was selected Friday for Harvey Weinstein's rape trial after an arduous, two-week process in which scores of people were dismissed because they had already made up their minds about the disgraced Hollywood mogul. Opening statements are expected Wednesday in...

WALL STREET JOURNAL-BEST SELLERS

Jan. 17, 2020 2:48 PM EST

Best-Selling Books Week Ended January 11th. FICTION 1. "Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens (G.P. Putnam's Sons) 2. “Dog Man: Fetch-22” by Dav Pilkey (Graphix) 3. “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” by Charlie Mackesy (HarperOne) 4. “Moral Compass” by...

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

Jan. 16, 2020 5:10 PM EST

Best-Selling Books Week Ended January 11th HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse'' by Charlie Mackesy (Harperone) 2. “Moral Compass” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte) 3. “Dear Edward” by Ann Napolitano (Dial Press) 4. "The Guardians'' by John Grisham (Doubleday) ...

USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

Jan. 16, 2020 1:02 PM EST

1. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens 2. “Moral Compass” by Danielle Steel (Dell) 3. “Dog Man: Fetch-22” by Dav Pilkey (Graphix) 4. “The Last Wish” by Andrzej Sapkowski (Orbit) 5. “Dear Edward” by Ann Napolitano (Dial Press) 6....

Vote keeps 2 LGBTQ books in district's elementary schools

Jan. 16, 2020 10:04 AM EST

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Officials in a northern Virginia school district are pushing back against a campaign by conservative parents to withdraw books with LGBTQ characters from elementary schools. The Washington Post reports that a subcommittee of the Loudoun school board voted Wednesday to prevent the...

FILE - This combination of file photos shows actors Patrick Stewart, left, and Samuel L. Jackson.  Stewart and Jackson will be among the readers for a new audiobook about famous American legal cases.

New audiobook features Patrick Stewart, Samuel L. Jackson

Jan. 16, 2020 8:33 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sir Patrick Stewart, Samuel L. Jackson and Lucy Liu will be among the readers for the audio edition of a new anthology edited in part by the American Civil Liberties Union. “Fight of the Century” is a collaboration between the ACLU and authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet...