Category: Books

Can Amazon Finally Crack the Bestseller Code?

As the last decade concluded, book publishers breathed a sigh of relief. The 2010s were characterized by a series of Amazon-related shock waves—the growing power of the retail behemoth, the rise of e-books, a related Department of Justice antitrust lawsuit, and the decimation of bookstores both large and small. But publishers had survived. Once viewed […]

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The Loneliness of the Resistance Protester

The 2014 movie Pride tells the story of the 1984 coal miners’ strike in England and the unlikely partnership that grows between a group of radical gay and lesbian activists from London who organized in solidarity with the mining village of Onllwyn in Wales. After raising buckets of cash standing in the street in front of a […]

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Technology takes over in Joanna Kavenna’s distressingly dystopian, relevant ‘Zed’

The future is complicated. But that isn’t why Joanna Kavenna’s new dystopian novel “Zed” (Doubleday, 336 pp., ★★★½ out of four stars) triggers an unsettling buzz inside your brain that lasts long after the last page. What’s troubling is that this technology-gone-wrong nightmare feels like a plausible eventuality of today’s most intrusive technological issues.    […]

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How Crystal Eastman Fought for Equality

Who gets remembered, who gets lionized, in the history of leftist politics? Amy Aronson’s new biography of the feminist socialist reformer Crystal Eastman—the first full-length treatment of her life—grapples with this question up front. During the 1910s, Eastman was internationally famous, a firebrand speaker and leader in the fights for women’s suffrage, labor reform, international […]

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‘Prozac Nation’ author Elizabeth Wurtzel dies at 52

Elizabeth Wurtzel, the writer best known for her best-selling 1994 memoir “Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America,” has died at a hospital in Manhattan after a long battle with cancer, her husband, Jim Freed, told The Associated Press. She was 52. Named for the popular anti-depressant, “Prozac Nation” chronicled Wurtzel’s struggle with depression and […]

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5 books not to miss: ‘Fight Club’ author Chuck Palahniuk’s ‘Consider This,’ ‘Hindsight’

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. “Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life after Which Everything Was Different,” by Chuck Palahniuk (Grand Central Publishing, nonfiction, on sale Jan. 7) What it’s about: The best-selling novelist of “Fight Club” […]

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Fabio pays tribute to ‘incredible’ romance novelist Johanna Lindsey, who died at 67

Johanna Lindsey, the best-selling romance writer who sold more than 60 million steamy novels worldwide over a prolific 40-year career, has died at age 67. “Hearts Aflame,” “Stormy Persuasion,” “Temptation’s Darling,” “Wildfire In His Arms” and “Marry Me by Sundown” were just a handful of the hot-blooded historical romances Lindsey penned. Lindsey’s publisher Simon & Schuster confirmed […]

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