Category: Books

5 books not to miss: ‘Anonymous’ Trump book, ‘A Warning;’ ‘The Confession Club;’ ‘Strange Planet’

In search of something good to read? USA TODAY’s Barbara VanDenburgh scopes out the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases. 1. “A Warning,” by Anonymous (Twelve, nonfiction, on sale Nov. 19) What it’s about: This tell-all book by an anonymous author (and purported senior Trump administration official) paints a dire picture of President Donald Trump’s […]

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Michelle Obama’s new journal guides fans to write their own ‘Becoming’

Michelle Obama is giving readers a chance to discover their own voices and their own stories through journaling. “Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice” (Clarkson Potter) is the journal companion to her best-selling memoir “Becoming,” last year’s top-selling book on USA TODAY’s best-selling books list.  Out nationwide on Tuesday, the guided journal, which includes […]

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The Right’s “Judeo-Christian” Fixation

During one of his recent confrontations with congressional Democrats, Donald Trump made a stunning comment about the United States’ Jewish population. How could Jewish voters overwhelmingly support the Democratic party, he groused, when it included prominent critics of Israel like Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar? When American Jews voted for those politicians—or other members of […]

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How Europe Stumped Britain’s Conservatives

Not long before Margaret Thatcher’s intensely dramatic departure from office in November 1990, the veteran Conservative politician William Whitelaw was talking to Sir Robin Butler, recently appointed as Cabinet secretary, the most senior permanent official in the British government. As Charles Moore relates in Herself Alone, the third and final volume of his authorized biography […]

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‘Triggered’ By Hecklers, Donald Trump Jr. Bolts Book Signing Event

Second-generation dimwit and acclaimed hair gel consumer Donald Trump Jr. bolted from an appearance at a California college after he was heckled by MAGA-maniacs who were upset by his refusal to answer questions. Dotard Trump Jr., scheduled a Sunday appearance at the University of California, Los Angeles to promote his new book, ironically titled: Triggered: […]

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‘It’s Garry Shandling’s Book’: What Judd Apatow learned about ‘selfless’ pal from journals

For Judd Apatow, Garry Shandling was a mentor and a matchstick. “He gave me most of the big breaks of my career,” the filmmaker, who directed comedies including “Trainwreck,” “Knocked Up” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” says of his former colleague and friend who died in 2016. Shandling selected Apatow to write jokes for him when he hosted the […]

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The Case for Climate Hope

Climate denialism is back. For decades, denialists rejected truths about the environment: the link between carbon emissions and global warming, the human role in rising emissions, and the adequacy of climate modeling. That old form of denialism is buckling under the weight of the growing number of disasters clearly generated by our changing climate. In […]

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Lisa Jewell’s suspenseful new novel ‘The Family Upstairs’ keeps the reader guessing

“The Family Upstairs” (Atria Books, 352 pp., ★★★½ out of four stars) is the story of an inheritance. Not just fiscal, but psychological and emotional. And as with most inheritances, there are strings attached. Author Lisa Jewell manipulates those strings into a fast paced, imaginative tale that keeps the reader guessing right up until the book’s final pages. […]

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5 Ways to Practice Gratitude When Life Feels Hard

In 2009, I distinctly remember sitting around the table with my family, before or after my dad’s funeral, and all of us cracking up. I can’t remember why. But I can remember that it was the best kind of laughter—full body, sides hurting, faces contorted, uncontrollable, can’t-catch-your-breath laughter. And as I looked around my parents’ […]

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