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Rare 'Harry Potter' book sets world record at auction

USAToday Books - 2 hours 37 min ago

"The Boy Who Lived" still knows how to make money, with a rare book selling for record breaking amount at auction this week.

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Hillary Clinton lands at No. 1 on USA TODAY books list; Katy Tur is No. 7

USAToday Books - 4 hours 27 min ago

'What Happened' by Hillary Rodham Clinton makes its debut at No. 1on US TODAY's best-seller list, and NBC's Katy Tur has a political hit, too.

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Curl up with these great new books this fall

USAToday Books - 7 hours 23 min ago

When the weather turns brisk and fall is in the air, it's the perfect time to curl up with a good book. We've picked 10 new releases that will captivate your imagination while you sip on some hot cocoa.

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Banned Books Week

Bookbrowse News - 9 hours 59 min ago
Bookstores, libraries and other organizations across the USA are preparing for Banned Books Week 2017, which runs next week, September 24-30. Shelf Awareness takes a look at what some stores are planning...

Nonfiction: A Wild and Exacting Food Writer Gets Her Due

New York Times Book Reviews - 10 hours 58 min ago
Patience Gray exerted an outsize influence on the culinary world, as Adam Federman’s biography “Fasting and Feasting” makes clear.
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Nonfiction: Alice Waters Retraces the Path That Led Her to Chez Panisse

New York Times Book Reviews - 10 hours 58 min ago
According to a new autobiography, “Coming to My Senses,” it all began with a year in Paris and a taste for the food she discovered there.
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Book News: YouTube Star Hank Green Will Publish His First Novel Next Year

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 12:34
Following in the footsteps of his older brother, the best-selling novelist John Green, Hank Green will publish his first novel with Dutton
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Bad things happen to 'Good People' in Hannah Kent's eerie novel

USAToday Books - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 06:44

Hannah Kent's historical novel set in 19th century Ireland concerns superstitions surrounding a young boy who may be possessed. A 3.5-star review.

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David Lagercrantz will write one final book in the Millennium series - to be released in 2019

Bookbrowse News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 05:00
David Lagercrantz, who continued Stieg Larsson's Milllennium series after the latter's death in 2004, has stated that he will write just one more book in the series, to be released in 2019. This would bring the series to six books - three by Larsson and three by Lagercrantz

Nonfiction: When Corruption and Venality Were the Lifeblood of America

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 04:00
“The Republic for Which It Stands,” Richard White’s broad-ranging history, describes a country lashed by greed and brutality.
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Nonfiction: The Education of Ellen Pao

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 04:00
In “Reset,” the Silicon Valley executive and former venture capitalist explains how she came to question the culture of the tech industry.
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Match Book: Books That Show the Heights of Human Strength, the Limits of Endurance

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 04:00
From natural disaster to wild beasts and warfare, tragedies factual and fictional so vivid that they’ll strike terror in the heart of any reader.
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Libraries find new relevance and needed funds by partnering with office and affordable housing developments

Bookbrowse News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 17:20
In an op ed for the New York Times, Matt A.V. Chaban, policy director for the Center for an Urban Future, discusses how libraries in New York City, and potentially, in cities across the country, could find much needed funds to modernize and stay relevant for the long term through partnerships with housing and office developments:

"In 2014, the city selected the Fifth Avenue Committee to undertake the novel task of redeveloping the Sunset Park branch. There, an eight-story building will rise, with the first two floors dedicated to a library 75 percent larger than the one there now. The floors above will have 49 apartments, all of which will be rented to low- and middle-income families in perpetuity.

Imagine if the city did the same at the branch in Corona, Queens, where cramped quarters force study groups to huddle on the floor; or Red Hook, Brooklyn, where families from the nearby housing projects are eager for more job training; or Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, where rising sea levels and storms like Sandy threaten its very operations."

New book: How Howard Hughes helped the CIA steal a Russian sub

USAToday Books - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 14:00

Josh Dean's book 'The Taking of K-129' is a true Cold War adventure about a CIA op, a Russian sub, and billionaire Howard Hughes. A 3.5-star review.

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Books of The Times: A Father and Son Sail Through Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ Together

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 12:26
Daniel Mendelsohn’s “An Odyssey” recounts what happened when the author’s 81-year-old father enrolled in one of his son’s classes at Bard College.
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New memoir recalls Obama speech that didn't quite nail Trump

USAToday Books - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 10:18

Speechwriter David Litt's memoir of life inside the Obama White House is rich with nostalgia. A 3.5-star book review of 'Thanks, Obama.'

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Hillary Clinton's post-election reading list

Bookbrowse News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 08:25
James Hohmann, national political correspondent for The Washington Post and author of The Daily 202, lead's Monday's issue with a look at the many books Hillary Clinton turned to after her election loss:

"What Happened was quickly strip-mined for political nuggets after its publication last Tuesday. As I went through it over the weekend, though, what struck me most was how the wounded Democrat coped after her crushing defeat last November.

In short, Clinton has read voraciously and eclectically — for escape, for solace and for answers.

The collection of works that she cites across 494 pages showcases a top-flight intellect and would make for a compelling graduate school seminar..."

The Handmaid's Tale and Big Little Lies get top honors at Emmy Awards

Bookbrowse News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 05:00
Two TV series based on books scooped the top honors at last night's Emmy Awards:

The Handmaid's Tale won five awards including best drama series, best actress for Elisabeth Moss and best supporting actress for Ann Dowd.

Big Little Lies took five prizes in the limited series categories, including wins for Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern.

Nonfiction: Survival of the Prettiest

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 04:00
Darwin’s theory of aesthetics may be the sexiest, most dangerous idea in evolution.
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Court rules that theatrical parody of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" does not violate copyright.

Bookbrowse News - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 14:39
After a nine month dispute, Manhattan's Federal District Court has ruled that Matthew Lombardo's theatrical parody, Who's Holiday! — a dark and decidedly adult sequel of sorts to Dr Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas — does not violate the copyright of the original story.


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