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The Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen brotherhood of man mission continues. “Renegades,” the podcast collaboration between the former president and the Boss has been repurposed and will be released as a book this fall. “Renegades: Born in the USA,” the book adaptation, will be released Oct. 26, Penguin Random House announced on Thursday. The 320-page tome will retail for $50 and include ...

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, July 17, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2021 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2021, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Cellist. Daniel Silva. Harper 2. The Last Thing He Told Me. Laura ...

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, July 17, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2021 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2021, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "The Cellist: A Novel" by Daniel Silva (Harper) Last week: — 2. "The ...

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Even though Mary Helen Wissinger has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 since the spring, she avoids indoor dining and going inside public spaces when they appear crowded or the parking lot seems full. The 67-year-old volunteer church secretary is still social distancing to some degree, choosing curbside pickup at big-box stores and takeout at restaurants. “I just try to be overly ...

FICTION: A migrant child washes up on a beach — alive — in Omar El Akkad's follow-up to "American War." "What Strange Paradise" by: Omar El Akkad; Alfred A. Knopf (256 pages, $25.95) ——— In his 2017 debut novel, "American War," Omar El Akkad spotlighted Middle East humanitarian crises by reimagining them on U.S. soil. Perhaps, the novel implied, Americans might pay refugees and sectarian ...

FICTION: A thrilling debut in which a pilot must crash his plane to save his family. "Falling" by T.J. Newman; Avid Reader Press (304 pages, $28) ——— Early into "Falling," and not long into a flight from Los Angeles to New York, the pilot-protagonist Bill Hoffman takes a calculated risk and confides in a hushed tone to his friend. "Jo," he whispers. "We have a situation." Which is something of ...

NONFICTION: Liv Arnesen recounts her 1994 solo journey to the South Pole. "Skiing Into the Bright Open" by Liv Arnesen, translated from the Norwegian by Roland Huntford; University of Minnesota Press (208 pages, $21.95) ——— There's something wonderfully perplexing about Norwegian adventurer Liv Arnesen's account of her solo ski journey to the South Pole. She did this in 1994, the first woman ...

In Maggie Nelson’s “Bluets,” her 2009 collection of poems on grief and loss, loneliness is “solitude with a problem.” Which is a useful way of understanding loneliness. Being alone and feeling lonely are not always the same thing. Except, of course, it’s complicated. Emily Dickinson wondered: Was loneliness “the maker of the soul”? Or its “seal”? Does loneliness define you? Or exacerbate ...

FICTION: A handsome teacher appears to be grooming a young student — and then they both disappear. "The Temple House Vanishing" by Rachel Donohue; Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (304 pages, $16.95) ——— Teenage crushes and charismatic teachers have been a fraught subject for millennia. A Socratic dialogue (Plato's "Phaedrus"), "The Letters of Abelard and Heloise," songs by the Police, and, in ...

"Seeing Serena" by Gerald Marzorati; Scribner (272 pages, $26) ——— Game, set, matchless. For years, no one could touch Serena Williams. She’s won a record 365 women’s singles matches at major tournaments, four Olympic gold medals, and was ranked best women’s singles player in the world eight times. And the last time, in January 2017, she not only reached that honor at 35 — the oldest female ...

Twenty-two years after he covered a memorable crime as a reporter for the Tampa Tribune, Ace Atkins uses it as the chassis for his latest novel, a propulsive chase narrative called "The Heathens." “After you’ve been up close to it,” Atkins says, “been in a courtroom with Valessa Robinson, a case like that stays with you.” "The Heathens" is Atkins’ 28th novel, and his 11th about Mississippi ...

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, July 10, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2021 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2021, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "Nine Lives" by Danielle Steel (Delacorte) Last week: — 2. "The Paper ...

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, July 10, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2021 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2021, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Nine Lives. Danielle Steel. Delacorte 2. The Paper Palace. Miranda ...

There is a moment in the 2015 movie "Mr. Holmes" — the story of an aging Sherlock, played by Ian McKellen — when a young boy, played by Milo Parker, asks Holmes to do his thing. Holmes is confused. My thing? The thing where you deduce from a fingernail or the impression in a carpet that someone is guilty. I love this moment because I had been waiting for it, too, that moment when something ...

The worst of the heat has dissipated (at least for now? Please?), which means we can all stop complaining about the weather and turn our attention to summer reading. Here are six new paperbacks, all potentially compelling choices for lazy afternoons. "Quitter: A Memoir of Drinking, Relapse, and Recovery" by Erica C. Barnett (Penguin, $17). The debut book from Seattle journalist Barnett ...

"Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium" by Lucy Jane Santos; Pegasus Books (336, $27.99) ——— Long before scientists split the atom, quacks and con artists were splitting the profits. Marie and Pierre Curie’s pioneering scientific work was 50 years old before America dropped the A-bomb. But the onslaught of atomic gadgets, radioactive tonics, and other potentially lethal nonsense? That ...

NONFICTION: Essays celebrate the joy and connections to be found in the deep woods. "Within These Woods" by Timothy Goodwin; Riverfeet Press (242 pages, $16) ——— Timothy Goodwin, an associate professor of education at Bemidji State University, might have kept the brief, gemlike essays that make up "Within These Woods" to himself. They might have become a private journal, or the contents of a ...

CHICAGO — Charles Johnson has one of those careers, you know the kind, the ones where you start out at the Chicago Tribune as a political cartoonist, turn Buddhist and philosopher, make a huge splash as a novelist, win the National Book Award, grow so revered that literary societies are founded in your name, host a national PBS show for a decade, land a MacArthur “genius” grant, receive early ...

FICTION: An insightful sendup of startup culture and the modern marriage. "The Startup Wife" by; Tahmima Anam; Scribner (304 pages, $26) ——— A Bangladeshi American woman drops out of her MIT doctoral program to become a coding wiz, and then writes an algorithm powering an innovative new social networking app. An encyclopedically brilliant white man becomes the charismatic savior-guide ...

FICTION: A powerful tale of two relatives fighting painful battles in India, seven decades apart. "China Room" by Sunjeev Sahota; Viking (256 pages, $27) ——— Sunjeev Sahota's "China Room" is an intelligent, earnest novel, and although one of its story lines is weaker than the other, it's consistently absorbing, a sweeping dual portrait of a woman forced into an adolescent marriage and the ...

GRAPHIC NOVEL: Kristen Radtke explores the need for human attachment and the terror of its absence. "Seek You" by Kristen Radtke; Pantheon (352 pages, $30) ——— In Jim Shepard's recent bio-noir "Phase Six," a character mockingly defines loneliness as "solitude with self-pity thrown in." That line's chilly dismissiveness would not play well in Kristen Radtke's immersive, novelistic and intensely ...

FICTION: A strong debut collection of stories about the lives of modern women. "Objects of Desire" by Clare Sestanovich; Alfred A. Knopf (224 pages, $26) ——— "Objects of Desire," Clare Sestanovich's first collection of stories, focuses on women navigating key stages in their lives and making sense of what comes their way and what fails to materialize. Some of the 11 tales take the form of ...

LOS ANGELES — As director Rodrigo Garcia's father lay dying, he found himself taking notes. In these, he recorded his most profound sentiments. He also recorded death's processes and banalities: the conferences with grim-faced doctors, the pro forma small talk, the sharing of memories — meaningful, funny, off-color — that serve as a way for the living to grapple with the absence that looms. ...

"The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the Oceans" by Cynthia Barnett; W.W. Norton ($27.95, 432 pages) ——— At several points in her enthralling new book, "The Sound of the Sea," Cynthia Barnett warmly recalls her memories of shelling on Sanibel, the southwest Florida island long a mecca for seashell collectors. It’s the home of the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, and Barnett ...

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