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'Dreaming the Beatles': We love them yeah, yeah, yeah!

USAToday Books - 1 hour 26 min ago

You didn't need to live through the '60s to worship The Beatles, Rob Sheffield writes.

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Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, dies aged 88

Bookbrowse News - 8 hours 33 min ago
Robert M. Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, died yesterday at age 88.

First published in 1974 by William Morrow, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values was a spectacularly popular philosophy book that was loosely autobiographical, tracing a father-son motorcycle trip and flashbacks to a period in which the author was diagnosed as schizophrenic. Its thesis was that quality is the basis of reality, and that this understanding unifies most East Asian and Western thought. Pirsig called this system of thought the Metaphysics of Quality.

Famous novelist turned down by over 100 publishers dies

USAToday Books - 11 hours 58 min ago

It was a novel that made history after it was turned down by more than 100 publishers. Robert Pirsig, author of “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” has died. He was 88-years-old. Aaron Dickens reports.

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Match Book: In Search of New Memoirs That Go Light on Catastrophe

New York Times Book Reviews - 14 hours 30 min ago
A reader (and writer) of memoirs notes that dysfunction and disease haunt the genre. What can he read that’s trauma-free?
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Nonfiction: The Truth Is Out There, and the Feds Paid to Find It

New York Times Book Reviews - 15 hours 20 min ago
In “Phenomena,” Annie Jacobsen explores the government’s research into things that go bump in the night.
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Fiction: A Brilliant, Incendiary Joan of Arc Story for a Ravaged Earth

New York Times Book Reviews - 15 hours 20 min ago
In Lidia Yuknavitch’s novel “The Book of Joan,” a space colony of survivors orbits a post-apocalyptic Earth.
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'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' author Robert Pirsig dies at 88

USAToday Books - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 23:08

The 1974 book became a cultural touchstone after more than 100 publishers turned it down.

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Strout is back to brilliant form in 'Anything Is Possible'

USAToday Books - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:55

This collection of linked stories may remind readers of Strout's 'Olive Kitteridge.'

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In 'Secrets,' Caitlyn Jenner reveals what Kris knew about gender transition

USAToday Books - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 11:25

New memoir has revelations about the K-troop, including the world’s most famous momager.

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Sheryl Sandberg: 'I felt like a ghost' after husband's death

USAToday Books - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 08:39

The Facebook COO has co-written a new book, 'Option B,' about facing devastating loss.

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6 ways that 'Big Brother' technology in 'The Circle' is already happening

USAToday Books - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 07:05

The new drama warns us about the future — but it's already here.

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Nonfiction: How Harvard Business School Has Reshaped American Capitalism

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 04:00
Duff McDonald’s “The Golden Passport” questions whether Harvard Business School is responsible for the global financial crash.
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Before the Mafia, there was the terrifying 'Black Hand'

USAToday Books - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 13:04

Book is a history of crime organization, and Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star in movie.

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Nonfiction: Sheryl Sandberg Finds Comfort for Herself and Offers It to Others

New York Times Book Reviews - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 10:24
With new perspective after her husband’s unexpected death, the author of “Lean In” addresses issues that some readers found troubling about that book.
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Books: New and noteworthy

USAToday Books - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 05:04

Look for new books by Sheryl Sandberg, Fredrik Backman and Elizabeth Strout.

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'Last Neanderthal' is a blast from the (prehistoric) past

USAToday Books - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 13:00

Claire Cameron's novel follows a group of prehistoric characters, and one in the present.

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Memories and more in poetry by Wrigley, Mueller, Jones and Matejka

St. Louis Book Blog - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 10:00
Poets with St. Louis-area ties are well-represented this National Poetry Month. These collections compile experiences difficult and unwieldy, illuminating deeply buried memories and revealing histories.
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'Mozart's Starling' tells the story of a despised species and two charming birds

St. Louis Book Blog - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 08:00
A charming book explains how the European starling took over North America
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Weekend picks for book lovers

USAToday Books - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 05:02

Spend your weekend reading 'Killers of the Flower Moon.'

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