Books and literature

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks during a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington. Cummings died from complications of longtime health challenges, his office said in a statement on Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
December 31, 2019 - 7:43 pm
A lauded writer who brought to light stories overshadowed by prejudice. An actress and singer who helped embody the manufactured innocence of the 1950s. A self-made billionaire who rose from a childhood of Depression-era poverty and twice ran for president. This year saw the deaths of people who...
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REMOVES REFERENCE TO PLACE OF DEATH - In this undated photo provided by Random House Sonny Mehta poses for a portrait. Mehta, the urbane and astute head of Alfred A. Knopf who guided one of the book world's most esteemed imprints to new heights through a blend of prize-winning literature by Toni Morrison and Cormac McCarthy among others and blockbusters such as "Fifty Shades of Grey" and "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," died Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, in Manhattan, at age 77. (Michael Lionstar/Random House via AP)
December 31, 2019 - 12:49 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Sonny Mehta, the urbane and astute head of Alfred A. Knopf who guided one of the book world's most esteemed imprints to new heights through a blend of prize-winning literature by Toni Morrison and Cormac McCarthy among others and blockbusters such as "Fifty Shades of Grey" and "The...
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This cover image released by Atria shows "The Courage to Be Happy: Discover the Power of Positive Psychology and Choose Happiness Every Day," by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga. (Atria via AP)
December 31, 2019 - 10:20 am
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This cover image released by Mira shows "Good Girls Lie" by J.T. Ellison. (Mira via AP)
December 30, 2019 - 3:49 pm
“Good Girls Lie,” Mira, by J.T. Ellison Rich and influential parents move mountains to insure their daughters attend the Goode School. Only the best and brightest are selected. It’s not uncommon to see multigenerations of the same family become alumni, and it’s almost certain that graduates will...
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This image released by Lucasfilm shows Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, left, and Daisy Ridley as Rey in a scene from "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker." (Lucasfilm via AP)
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December 29, 2019 - 2:19 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Star Wars” was still rising in the last weekend of the year, while “Little Women” broke big at the box office. “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” brought in $72 million over the weekend to remain the top-earning film in North America by light-years, according to studio estimates...
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This undated image released by CourtneyMilan.com shows romance writer Courtney Milan. The Romance Writers of America, which bills itself as the voice of romance writers, has been upended over the way over the way it has treated Milan, a Chinese American writer. The association initially accepted the vote of its ethics committee that Milan had violated the group's code of ethics with negative online comments about other writers and their work. (Jovanka Novakovic/CourtneyMilan.com via AP)
December 27, 2019 - 12:45 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — There's not a lot of love at the Romance Writers of America this holiday season. Lots of passion, but not too much love. The organization, which bills itself as the voice of romance writers and cites 9,000 members, has been upended over the way it has treated one of its authors,...
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December 27, 2019 - 11:10 am
Best-Selling Books Week Ended December 21st FICTION 1. “Dog Man: Fetch-22” by Dav Pilkey(Graphix) 2. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball" by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books) 3. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens (G.P. Putnam's Sons) 4. “The Guardians” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 5. “The Boy, the...
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FILE - This June 22, 2014 file photo shows Mo Rocca at the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Rocca released a book "Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving, " in November. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
December 26, 2019 - 2:20 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A conversation with Mo Rocca is akin to his “Mobituaries” podcasts and his new book of Rocca-style obituaries: A swooping exploration of people and things past, with the author playing connect-the-dots in entertaining and enlightening fashion. For instance, he starts discussing...
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December 26, 2019 - 1:25 pm
1. “Dog Man: Fetch-22” by Dav Pilkey (Graphix) 2. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball" by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books) 3. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens 4. "The Guardians" by John Grisham (Doubleday) 5. “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse" by Charlie Mackesy (HarperOne) 6. "The...
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This undated photo provided by Michael Chen shows his father Da Chen. The brilliant storyteller who drew from the hardships he suffered as a persecuted child growing up in the midst of China’s cultural revolution to create the critically acclaimed memoir “Colors of the Mountain," has died at age 57. Chen died Dec. 17, his wife, Dr. Sun-Ling Chen, said Tuesday, Dec. 24, from the family’s home in Temecula, California. (Michael Chen via AP)
December 24, 2019 - 8:56 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Da Chen, the brilliant storyteller who drew from the hardships he suffered as a persecuted child growing up in the midst of China’s cultural revolution to create the critically acclaimed memoir “Colors of the Mountain," has died at age 57. Chen died of lung cancer on Dec. 17, his...
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