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George Salines, right, whose daughter died in the Bataclan concert hall during the Nov. 13, 2015, attacks in Paris, and has written a book with Azdyne Amimour, left, whose son was among the gunmen that night, attend a joint interview in Paris, Tuesday Jan. 21, 2020. Both men lost children that night. The book,

Book reveals 2 fathers linked by grief to 2015 Paris attacks

Jan. 24, 2020 3:38 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Lola Salines happily accepted the last-minute concert ticket from a friend the night of Nov. 13, 2015. At 28, the Parisian had already created her own brand at a prestigious French publishing house, frequently took her lunch break to swim laps at the local pool with her father and was dating...


Jan. 23, 2020 4:50 PM EST

Best-Selling Books Week Ended January 18th HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “Lost” by Patterson/Born (Little. Brown) 2. "The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse'' by Charlie Mackesy (Harperone) 3. “Moral Compass” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte) 4. “Dear Edward” by Ann Napolitano (Dial...

This undated image released by Knopf shows Reagan Arthur, newly named executive vice president and publisher of Alfred A. Knopf.  She succeeds the longtime Knopf publisher Sonny Mehta, who died in December. (Michael Lionstar/Alfred A. Knopf via AP)

Knopf names Reagan Arthur as its new publisher

Jan. 23, 2020 3:35 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the world's most prestigious literary publishers has chosen just its fourth editorial leader in its 105-year history: Reagan Arthur has been named executive vice president and publisher of Alfred A. Knopf, where authors have ranged from Robert A. Caro to the late Toni Morrison....

FILE - This Sept. 26, 2008 file photo shows debate moderator Jim Lehrer during the first U.S. Presidential Debate between presidential nominees Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss.  PBS announced that PBS NewsHour's Jim Lehrer died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at home. He was 85. (AP Photo/Chip Somodevilla, File)

'NewsHour' host and debate moderator Jim Lehrer dies at 85

Jan. 23, 2020 3:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Lehrer, longtime host of the nightly PBS “NewsHour” whose serious, sober demeanor made him the choice to moderate 11 presidential debates between 1988 and 2012, has died, PBS said Thursday. He was 85. Lehrer died “peacefully in his sleep,” according to PBS....


Jan. 23, 2020 2:06 PM EST

1. “Leadership Strategy and Tactics: Field Manual” by Jocko Willink (St. Martin's Press) 2. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens (G. P. Putnam's Sons) 3. “Sweep with Me” by Ilona Andrews (NYLA) 4. “Dog Man: Fetch-22” by Dav Pilkey (Graphix) 5....

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Review: Bios put spotlight on director Lumet, actor McKellen

Jan. 23, 2020 12:42 PM EST

“Sidney Lumet: A Life” by Maura Spiegel; “Ian McKellen: A Biography” by Garry O’Connor (both St. Martin’s) New biographies of director Sidney Lumet and actor Ian McKellen shed welcome if uneven light on their stellar careers in theater, film and television while exploring...

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Review: Allende novel seeks to spotlight footnote of history

Jan. 22, 2020 1:10 PM EST

"A Long Petal of the Sea: a Novel,” Ballantine Books, by Isabel Allende Isabel Allende's new novel seeks to spotlight a footnote of history - and to connect the past and present in an epic tale. The goals were high but the results are mixed. "A Long Petal of the Sea" follows a family fleeing the Spanish...

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Review: `Recipe for a Perfect Wife' full of twists and turns

Jan. 22, 2020 12:29 PM EST

“Recipe for a Perfect Wife,” Dutton, by Karma Brown Although she agreed when her husband suggested they move to the suburbs, Alice is feeling out of sorts with her new slow-paced life. While trying to fill the time, she finds entertainment in an old stack of letters penned by the woman who once...

FILE - In this June 23, 2005 file photo, Dr. James C. Metts Jr., the Chatham County coroner, poses in front of a portrait of Brig. Gen. Casimir Pulaski in Savannah, Ga. Metts whose four decades as coroner in the Savannah area earned him a part in the bestselling book

Coroner featured in 'Midnight in the Garden' book dies at 88

Jan. 22, 2020 12:29 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Dr. James C. Metts Jr., a Savannah physician whose four decades serving as an elected coroner earned him a small part in the bestselling book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” has died at age 88. Metts died Monday at his Savannah home, where he had been under...

The top 10 audiobooks on Audible

Jan. 22, 2020 11:54 AM EST

Audible best-sellers for week ending January 17th Fiction: 1. Junkyard Cats by Faith Hunter, narrated by Khristine Hvam (Audible Original) 2. Interview with the Robot by Lee Bacon, narrated by Kevin T. Collins, Ellen Archer, Josh Hurley, Eileen Stevens, Erin Mallon, Jonathan Davis & Stephen Bel Davies...