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05/19/2019

5 books not to miss: Alice Marie Johnson memoir 'After Life,' 'Cari Mora,' John Waters Alice Marie Johnson, whom Kim Kardashian West helped free from prison, has a new memoir, and Thomas Harris is back with new thriller "Cari Mora." &#...
15:14, 05/18/2019

Book Entry: Review: ‘Power Trip’ Ably Guides Us Through the History of Energy Michael E. Webber’s new book examines humanity’s relationship to energy over time and how each transition affected not just what we produce but how w...
23:28, 05/17/2019

Herman Wouk Wrote Historical Novels. But His True Subject Was Moral Weakness. In his two World War II novels of the 1970s, Wouk — who died this week — brought psychological insight to genocide, its perpetrators and bystanders. ...
23:28, 05/17/2019

Fiction: Here Come the Brides: A Free-Spirited Fictional Wedding Leah Hager Cohen’s novel “Strangers and Cousins” uses a vibrant, anarchic family wedding to explore the way change can be both celebrated and feared....
23:28, 05/17/2019

Knopf Fires High-Profile Editor Over Policy Breach The publishing house dismissed Gary Fisketjon, a longtime editor who worked with such literary stars as Raymond Carver, Annie Dillard and Cormac McCa...
23:28, 05/17/2019

RIP Grumpy Cat: Remembering that time we hung out with the Internet's most famous feline In honor of the Internet's favorite feline, USA TODAY revisits the time Grumpy Cat paid us a visit at our New York offices at the peak of her f...
17:00, 05/17/2019

'The Obsoletes' by Simeon Mills a charming if flawed tale of teenage robots A big imagination compensates for a messy plot in Simeon Mills' "The Obsoletes," a coming-of-age tale of teenage robots in small-town Michigan. ...
00:56, 05/17/2019

Nonfiction: The World According to John Waters, as Interpreted by Alan Cumming The septuagenarian filmmaker’s latest collection of essays, “Mr. Know-It-All,” is just what its subtitle promises: “The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth E...
12:56, 05/16/2019

'A Woman Is No Man' explores the toll of domestic violence on an Arab immigrant family Three generations of Palestinian-American women are torn between custom and desire in this piercing debut from Etaf Rum.     ...
02:28, 05/16/2019

5 powerful, butt-kicking tips from Rachel Hollis' new book 'Girl, Stop Apologizing' In "Girl, Stop Apologizing," Rachel Hollis encourages readers to go for it. Here are five tips from the book to get you motivated.    ...
02:28, 05/16/2019

Elton John announces 'no-holds-barred' autobiography is officially coming in October 2019 Elton John continues his incredible farewell run with the release of his official autobiography on October 15, 2019.       ...
02:28, 05/16/2019

Oprah shares her own life's purpose, insightful stories in new book, 'The Path Made Clear' What is your life's purpose? Oprah Winfrey is here to help you on your soul-searching journey with her new book, "The Path Made Clear."  &...
02:28, 05/16/2019

Elisabeth Hasselbeck dishes on 'View' co-hosts and the day she was fired in 'Point of View' "I could not breathe — literally, could not breathe," Elisabeth Hasselbeck writes of when she was told her contract for "The View" wouldn'...
02:28, 05/16/2019

5 books not to miss: Susan Page's Barbara Bush biography 'The Matriarch,' 'Women Talking' Susan Page's "The Matriarch" chronicles the life of First Lady Barbara Bush; "American Moonshot" tells the thrilling story of the U.S. Space Rac...
02:28, 05/16/2019

'The Matriarch': A saga of the happiness and heartache that shaped Barbara Bush The engaging stories illustrate what a tough, warm-hearted, unpretentious and vulnerable woman Barbara Bush was.       ...
02:28, 05/16/2019

'Ladies Who Punch': The wild revelations about behind-the-scenes drama on 'The View' 'Ladies Who Punch' by Ramin Setoodeh alleges behind-the-scenes betrayal and consistent conflict at 'The View.'    ...
02:28, 05/16/2019

'The Spectators' by Jennifer duBois takes on LGBT issues through intimate pain 'The Spectators' is a treatise on the media’s power and a finely-wrought example of intimate pain.       &#...
02:28, 05/16/2019

Henry Winkler, Timothee Chalamet bond over Winkler's book character, Hank Zipzer When Henry Winkler met Timothee Chalamet, he got a surprise: The younger actor recalled him reading from a 'Hank Zipzer' book at school whe...
02:28, 05/16/2019

Newsbook: 3 Novels Explore the Abortion Debate How would life in the United States change for women if terminating a pregnancy was outlawed? A recent novel imagines the outcome, and two others del...
20:42, 05/15/2019

Books of The Times: Impeachment, the First Time Around Andrew Johnson ascended to the presidency after Lincoln’s assassination. Brenda Wineapple’s “The Impeachers” recounts the efforts to remove him from ...
20:42, 05/15/2019

George R.R. Martin shuts down 'absurd' rumor that he finished last 'Game of Thrones' books George R.R. Martin adamantly denied speculation that the last two books of his wildly popular series "Song of Ice and Fire" are already finished. &#...
05:14, 05/15/2019

A kidnapping in rural Russia rocks the women in Julia Phillips' 'Disappearing Earth' Julia Phillips' debut novel paints an unforgettable landscape of the far reaches of Russia, where two little girls go missing without a trace. ...
18:42, 05/14/2019

Author accused of shaming black Metro employee for eating on train; book deal halted Author Natasha Tynes has been accused of shaming a black woman who works on the Washington. D.C., Metro for eating on a train.    ...
00:42, 05/12/2019

5 books not to miss: Karen Russell's 'Orange World,' 'The Apology,' 'Bottle of Lies' This week's new book releases include a collection of short stories from Karen Russell and a searing account of childhood abuse from Eve Ensler....
16:42, 05/11/2019

Nonfiction: A New Mom, Her Nannies and the Often Exploitive Labor of Motherhood “Women’s Work,” by Megan Stack, a former foreign correspondent for The Los Angeles Times, is an unflinching look at the women who maintained her home...
12:42, 05/11/2019

From Our Archives: Revisiting the Ponzi Scheme in Mitchell Zuckoff’s ‘Ponzi’s Scheme’ In the 2005 book “Ponzi’s Scheme,” Mitchell Zuckoff tells the story of Charles Ponzi, who launched a successful and infamous money-swindling scheme i...
02:42, 05/11/2019

The Book Review Podcast: The Real Life of a Diplomat, Told Like a Novel George Packer talks about “Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century,” and Lori Gottlieb discusses “Maybe You Should Talk to Som...
02:42, 05/11/2019

Babies are the crop in Joanne Ramos' frightening surrogacy novel 'The Farm' Surrogacy is pushed to its logical extreme in Joanne Ramos' "The Farm," where desperate women are impregnated with the world's richest embr...
00:28, 05/10/2019

Joe Namath on alcoholism, racism, hard relationship with dad in memoir 'All the Way' Famed quarterback Joe Namath takes readers on a journey through his glory days in his engaging memoir "All the Way: My Life in Four Quarters."  ...
00:56, 05/09/2019

Barack Obama's new memoir may land during 2020 presidential campaign Barack Obama’s post-White House memoir isn’t expected this year, making it likely the highly anticipated book will drop during the 2020 c...
19:14, 05/08/2019

Jill Biden writes of marriage with Joe, 'totally shattering' death of son Beau in new book Jill Biden's "Where the Light Enters" gives insight to her marriage with former vice president Joe, and the crushing death of their son Beau. &...
18:28, 05/07/2019

Footsteps: Retracing Truman Capote’s Moment in the Mediterranean Sun Before the author reached the height of his fame, he escaped to seaside idylls in southern Italy and Spain to write, swim and bask under the sun with...
11:28, 05/07/2019

Nonfiction: The True-Crime Story That Harper Lee Tried and Failed to Write In “Furious Hours,” Casey Cep investigates the Alabama murder case that was to have been the focus of Lee’s second book — as well as the famously rec...
19:28, 05/06/2019

Books of The Times: Gabriel García Márquez, Journalist? A Book Revives the Novelist’s First Calling “The Scandal of the Century: And Other Writings” collects García Márquez’s reporting. Along with Silvana Paternostro’s oral history “Solitude & Compa...
19:28, 05/06/2019

Jared Diamond's 'Upheaval' outlines 12-step program for nations in crisis The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Guns, Germs, and Steel" details how seven countries faced past upheavals by following the 12-step method. ...
19:00, 05/06/2019

Fellow writers, fans shocked and saddened by death of Christian writer Rachel Held Evans Rachel Held Evans, who is known for her progressive Christian voice, died early Saturday morning after a brief illness, according to her husband. &#...
17:28, 05/05/2019

5 books not to miss: Jill Biden memoir 'Where the Light Enters,' 'The Bride Test' Helen Hoang charms with new romance "The Bride Test," Jill Biden releases her memoir "Where the Light Enters," and more can't-miss new releases....
22:56, 05/04/2019

Wayson Choy, 80, Whose Books Are Windows on Chinese-Canadian Life, Dies In books like “The Jade Peony,” he was one of the first writers to explore an Asian immigrant experience, discovering his own hidden past along the w...
03:14, 05/04/2019

Giuliano Bugialli, Champion of Italian Cuisine, Dies at 88 In his books and his cooking classes, he extolled traditional recipes. His 1977 cookbook, “The Fine Art of Italian Cooking,” is a standard in the fie...
23:00, 05/03/2019

'The Mueller Report' is now officially a best-selling book Two published versions of the report found their way onto USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list.        ...
23:42, 05/02/2019

By the Book: By the Book: Ruth Reichl The food writer and author, most recently, of the memoir “Save Me the Plums” was 10 when she read Henry Miller. “If it’s over her head, she simply wo...
17:28, 05/02/2019

Family is foremost in moving novel 'The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters' Author Balli Kaur Jaswal's follow-up to "Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows" entertains and enlightens with a story of three sisters on a quest. ...
18:14, 04/30/2019

Melinda Gates: Sharing school drop-off, kitchen duties changed my marriage Melinda Gates shares stories from her marriage and foundation in her new book, 'The Moment of Lift.'        ...
07:00, 04/30/2019

Books News: She Pulled Her Debut Book When Critics Found It Racist. Now She Plans to Publish. Amélie Wen Zhao canceled the June publication of her young adult novel, “Blood Heir,” after claims that it had insensitive depictions of slavery. The...
21:56, 04/29/2019

Polish priest apologizes for burning of ‘Harry Potter’ books The priest has apologized, saying the ritual was not intended to condemn specific authors, religions or social groups.      ...
21:28, 04/28/2019

5 books not to miss: Susan Choi's 'Trust Exercise,' 'The Hill to Die On,' 'Book of Dreams' According to one review, Susan Choi's "Trust Exercise" is destined to be a classic, while "The Hill to Die On" takes us inside the halls of Cong...
21:28, 04/28/2019

Abby Wambach's book, 'Wolfpack,' is a blueprint for how women can change the power dynamic Abby Wambach's new book is designed to be a blueprint for women to embrace their inner power and use it to create a better world.   &...
21:28, 04/28/2019

John Oliver's parody book among the ALA's most 'challenged' works Oliver's book ranked No. 2 on the list of "challenged" books compiled by the American Library Association.       ...
21:28, 04/28/2019

Tom Selleck, star of 'Blue Bloods,' Magnum, P.I.,' writing memoir In addition to "Magnum, P.I." "Blue Bloods" and "Three Men and a Baby," Selleck's autobiography will document his life away from the camera. &#...
21:28, 04/28/2019

Happy National Library Week: This year's theme, how to celebrate and more There are more public libraries than Starbucks in the U.S. National Library Week is great time to remind yourself of all your library has to offer. ...
21:28, 04/28/2019

Delicious cakes from 'The Power of Sprinkles' author Amirah Kassem Flour Shop founder Amirah Kassem has released a book about cake, "The Power of Sprinkles." Here's a taste of the visually delicious designs. &#...
21:28, 04/28/2019

Rosie O'Donnell deems interview with author of 'View' tell-all her 'biggest regret' Former co-host of "The View," Rosie O'Donnell, calls talking to "Ladies Who Punch" author Ramin Setoodeh her "biggest regret."   ...
21:28, 04/28/2019

10 amazing photos: Rainbow explosion cake inventor Amirah Kassem has tasty new book Cake it all in! Colorful Amirah Kassem, founder of Flour Shop in New York City, has baked up a book all about cake, “The Power of Sprinkles.&rd...
21:28, 04/28/2019

Chelsea Handler opens up about brother's death in raw memoir, 'Life Will Be the Death of Me' In "Life Will Be the Death of Me," Chelsea Handler opens the door to therapy sessions and addresses her brother's untimely death and her shortco...
21:28, 04/28/2019

Rachel Howzell Hall's 'They All Fall Down' puts a modern spin on a mystery classic The latest from Hall pays homage to both Agatha Christie and the classic "locked-room" mystery while bringing it into the 21st century   ...
21:28, 04/28/2019

The top 25 spiritual and inspirational books from USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list We took a look at the top spiritual nonfiction books over the 25-year history of our best-selling books list. Did your favorite make the list?  ...
21:28, 04/28/2019

Top 25 spiritual and inspirational nonfiction books from USA TODAY's best-seller list What spiritual and inspirational nonfiction titles have sold the most on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list? Is your favorite among them? ...
21:28, 04/28/2019

Hope in a time of Trump and turbulent campus politics: Interview with Nicholas Christakis How can a scientist look at Washington, at social media, at the international scene and think we're doing fine?       ...
21:28, 04/28/2019

R.V. Burgin, the Marine whose book inspired HBO's 'The Pacific,' dies at 96 A Marine whose book about grueling jungle combat during WWII became a basis for the HBO miniseries “The Pacific” has died at his home in ...
21:28, 04/28/2019

How will George R.R.Martin's 'Game of Thrones' really end, for readers? The HBO series 'Game of Thrones' kicks off its final season Sunday but fans also wonder how and when will the series of books end  &#...
21:28, 04/28/2019

5 books not to miss: E.L. James' 'The Mister,' 'Normal People,' David Burtka's cookbook How on earth does E.L. James follow up her best-selling "Fifty Shades of Grey" series? We finally find out in "The Mister."     ...
21:28, 04/28/2019

'Fifty Shades of Grey' to 'The Mister': E.L. James' new book has tamer sex, social awareness After the "Fifty Shades of Grey" books, author E.L. James has a brand new story with brand new characters. But there's still sex.   &...
21:28, 04/28/2019

Charles Gross, longtime professor and husband to Joyce Carol Oates, dies at 83 Charles Gross, a longtime Princeton professor of neuroscience and husband to author Joyce Carol Oates, has died. He was 83.     ...
21:28, 04/28/2019

David Brion Davis, Pulitzer Prize-winning scholar who documented slavery, dead at 92 David Brion Davis died at age 92 of natural causes, Yale University announced. Davis was a professor emeritus there, and a Pulitzer Prize winner. &#...
21:28, 04/28/2019

Carly Simon writing memoir about friend Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Carly Simon is writing an "intimate, vulnerable" memoir about a very famous friend, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.       ...
21:28, 04/28/2019

Sally Rooney’s 'Normal People' smartly explores dynamics between power, class and sex Sally Rooney's second novel is a keen psychological study of the dynamics between power and sex in one intense relationship between social unequ...
21:28, 04/28/2019

'The Hunchback of Notre-Dame' shoots to the top of Amazon's best-sellers list in France It's been 188 years since its publication, and Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is once again a best-seller in France.  &#...
21:28, 04/28/2019

Demi Moore turns her life 'Inside Out' in 'deeply candid' memoir, due Sept. 24 "Inside Out," the autobiography actress Demi Moore originally planned to write in 2010, finally has a has a publication date. In "Inside Out," due Se...
21:28, 04/28/2019

5 books not to miss: Melinda Gates' 'The Moment of Lift,' 'Wunderland,' 'Defying Hitler' This week's most compelling new books include Melinda Gates' "The Moment of Lift" and "Wunderland," a work of historical fiction set during...
21:28, 04/28/2019

Prince memoir ‘The Beautiful Ones’ to combine manuscript with rare photos, lyrics The memoir Prince was working on at the time of his death is coming out Oct. 29, combining his unfinished manuscript with rare photos, scrapbooks and...
21:28, 04/28/2019

Henry Winkler inks 3-book deal for new 'Alien Superstar' series Henry Winkler has a three-book deal for a middle-grade series about an alien who somehow lands in Hollywood and becomes a teen sensation.  ...
21:28, 04/28/2019

Q&A: Melinda Gates on new book, lifting up impoverished women and marriage with Bill Lifting up impoverished communities means first lifting up women, Melinda Gates says in her new book. She also shares stories from her marriage. ...
21:28, 04/28/2019

Alice Feeney's messy 'I Know Who You Are' wallows in ugly thrills An actress named Aimee is under suspicion after her husband disappears in this ugly, often grotesque thriller from Alice Feeney.    &...
21:28, 04/28/2019

Celebrate World Book Day and plan a vacation around one of these book-filled Airbnbs Indulge your inner bookworm on your next vacation by staying at a library instead of just visiting one at these book-filled Airbnbs.   ...
21:28, 04/28/2019

Book a novel vacation at one of these literary Airbnb homes Celebrate World Book Day on Tuesday, April 23, by booking a literary getaway at one of these book-inspired Airbnb homes.     ...
21:28, 04/28/2019

200th anniversary of the 'Headless Horseman': N.Y. villages plan a year-long celebration Rivertown villages will mark the 200th anniversary of Washington Irving's 'Legend of Sleepy Hollow' with a year-long bicentennial ...
21:28, 04/28/2019

'Wunderland' a devastating epic about friendship and family in Nazi Germany Jennifer Cody Epstein's devastating new novel "Wunderland" explores the tensions in friendships and families in emotionally fraught Nazi Germany...
21:28, 04/28/2019

5 books not to miss: 'The Red Daughter,' 'Shergill Sisters,' 'The Story of 9/11' Balli Kaur Jaswal is back with a new novel, Dustin Lance Black pens a moving memoir and a journalist writes a definitive account of 9/11.  ...
21:28, 04/28/2019

Nonfiction: Dismantling the Myth of ‘The Heartland’ The new book by the historian Kristin L. Hoganson explodes conventional ideas about the Midwest as America’s “insulated core” — the wellspring of its...
19:00, 04/28/2019

Books of The Times: With Sensuality and Coolness, a Debut Novel Considers the (Partial) Truths We Tell About Ourselves The narrator of Aysegul Savas’s “Walking on the Ceiling” writes from present-day Istanbul, remembering time she spent adrift in Paris and London afte...
19:00, 04/28/2019

Books of The Times: Mental Illness Is All in Your Brain — or Is It? Anne Harrington’s “Mind Fixers” traces the history of attempts to establish the biology of mental illnesses — which have led to repeated frustration....
19:00, 04/28/2019

Fiction: Two Novels for and About Lost Millennial Women The directionless heroines of Jen Beagin’s “Vacuum in the Dark” and Halle Butler’s “The New Me” follow in the footsteps of Ottessa Moshfegh and Cathe...
19:00, 04/28/2019

13 Poets Laureate Receive Fellowships for Civic Projects The poets, from 10 different states, will receive a combined $1 million to establish projects like writing workshops and readings in their communitie...
19:00, 04/28/2019

John L’Heureux, Whose Novels Wrestled With Faith, Dies at 84 “God is not dead in L’Heureux stories,” one critic wrote. “He’s simply absent, joking or malicious.” A former priest, L’Heureux wrote more than 20 bo...
19:00, 04/28/2019

Fiction: A TV Comic Invites a Young Staffer to His Country House. Then Something Funny Doesn’t Happen. In Erin Somers’s debut, “Stay Up With Hugo Best,” a 60-something retired late-night host invites his 29-year-old writers’ assistant to New England fo...
19:00, 04/28/2019

Children’s Books: Y.A. Novels That Let Teenage Boys Be Vulnerable The characters in these novels grew up with strict rules about masculine strength and dominance. But extreme situations force them to let go of all t...
19:00, 04/28/2019

The Shortlist: Four New Poetry Collections Confront Despair With Wonder In “Doomstead Days,” Brian Teare tracks climate change on his walks. In “Sight Lines,” Arthur Sze balances firing squads and rowboats. In “Brute,” Em...
19:00, 04/28/2019

Sketchbook: The Agony of Walter Benjamin The artist Frédéric Pajak’s hybrid book “Uncertain Manifesto” is haunted by the philosopher’s encounters with fascism, among much else, as these illu...
19:00, 04/28/2019

Poetry: In ‘Swift,’ David Baker’s Poetry Stitches the Fractured World Into Art For almost 40 years, in the extreme suburbs and the diminishing countryside, Baker has worked to see and describe things as though for the first time...
19:00, 04/28/2019

By the Book: By the Book: Gary Snyder The poet, essayist and environmentalist cites Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” as an inspiration: “Ovid in a sense tried to write the entire Roman story. I tak...
19:00, 04/28/2019