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The top 10 books on Apple's iBooks-US

Apr. 23, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

iBook charts for week ending April 21, 2019: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher : iBooks US Bestseller List - Paid Books 1. Redemption by David Baldacci - 9781538761434 - (Grand Central Publishing) 2. The Mister by E L James - 9781984898333 - (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 3. Where the Crawdads...

The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

Apr. 23, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

Audible.com best-sellers for week ending April 19: Fiction 1. The Dispatcher by John Scalzi, narrated by Zachary Quinto (Audible Studios) 2. The Darkwater Bride: An Audible Original Drama by Marty Ross, narrated by Clare Corbett, Donal Finn, Jamie Glover, Freya Mavor & Adrian Scarborough (Audible Studios) 3....

War veteran Paul Scharre wins award for book 'Army of None'

Apr. 23, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has won a $5,000 award named for the late CIA director William E. Colby. Paul Scharre's "Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War" is this year's winner of the Colby prize, given annually since 1999 by Norwich University in...

I robot? Ian McEwan tells android tale in 'Machines Like Me'

Apr. 23, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Ian McEwan is fascinated by artificial intelligence. His new novel, "Machines Like Me," features a lifelike android with access to all human knowledge who writes haiku poetry. In real life, the Booker Prize-winning author is conflicted. He'd be wary of owning a driverless car — "I...

Melinda Gates talks 'brash' Microsoft culture in new book

Apr. 22, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Looking back at her time as an early Microsoft employee, Melinda Gates said the brash culture at the famously tough, revolutionary tech company made her want to quit, but that she didn't discuss it with her boyfriend, and later her husband, Bill Gates, the company CEO who embodied that...

Review: Jon Land's fans are in for another wild ride

Apr. 22, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

"Strong as Steel" (Forge), by Jon Land Jon Land's insubordinate, trigger-happy Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong is back again in another action-packed thriller in "Strong as Steel." This is the sort of thing you might get if Dr. Frankenstein sewed John Wayne's head onto Wonder Woman's body, gave the fearsome creature...

Review: Young friends make a bad decision in Gudenkauf novel

Apr. 22, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

"Before She Was Found" by Heather Gudenkauf (Park Row) Twelve-year-old Cora Landry starts junior high, and she lacks friends and social skills to succeed in the environment of cliques and budding puberty. She eventually makes two friends named Violet and Jordyn, and the three seem at least on the surface to be...

Review: Estranged sisters team up in 'The Better Sister'

Apr. 22, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

"The Better Sister: a Novel" by Alafair Burke (Harper) In "The Better Sister," Chloe Taylor edits a woman's magazine and is married to Adam, a high-profile attorney. She is mom to Ethan, her stepson from Adam's first marriage to Nicky Taylor, Chloe's sister. Nicky has been out of the picture for years, and Chloe...

Review: Erin Kelly's new novel staggers at an asylum

Apr. 22, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

"Stone Mothers: a Novel" (Minotaur), by Erin Kelly An imposing former mental asylum reconfigured as a high-end spa and apartment building looms over a remote England town and over the life of Marianne Thackeray in this gothic-inspired thriller that languishes in over-plotting. At one time, Nazareth Mental...

Collection of David Carr's writings coming in 2020

Apr. 22, 2019 8:32 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Writings by the late David Carr, the revered author and journalist, are coming out in book form next year. Ta-Nehisi Coates, a friend whom Carr once mentored, is providing the introduction. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced Monday that "Final Draft: The Selected Work of David Carr" was...