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You will not discover much about John N. Maclean in his new and graceful and compelling book, “Home Waters: A Chronicle of Family and a River” (Custom House) and that was his intention. “There is some of me in there, of course,” he told me on the telephone from his home in Washington D.C. “But I do not consider this a memoir.” But it is filled with memories. Maclean and his family lived to two ...

FICTION: This luminous multigenerational story follows people whose lives are ripped in two by the Partition of India. "The Parted Earth" by Anjali Enjeti; Hub City Press (272 pages, $26) ——— When an entire society experiences upheaval and loss on an unprecedented scale, what are the ways this loss shows up in individual relationships, in families, and communities throughout generations? This ...

FICTION: A rich, rewarding debut novel of female friendship set against the backdrop of the Bosnian war and its aftermath. "Catch the Rabbit" by: Lana Bastašić; Restless Books (256 pages, $18) ——— By the beginning of 1992, the dissolution of Yugoslavia was well underway. Slovenia, Macedonia and Croatia had declared their independence, and soon Bosnia and Herzegovina would do the same. Most ...

In recent years, Mariner Books has been promoting the legacy of the great Italian writer Italo Calvino (1923-1985) by publishing a series of paperback editions as crisp as the author's own style. You don't have to be a fan of postmodernism to recognize Calvino as a keeper. "Last Comes the Raven" is a very welcome addition to the series, as this early story collection (1949) has never before ...

This column is a tale of three novels, all bought in local bookstores during Independent Bookstore Day (which was actually Independent Bookstore 10 Days) back in April. I didn't realize how these three books were connected when I picked them up; now, having happily made my way through all three, I see them as a trio of examples of how broad the category of "crime fiction" can be — and how very ...

The first fact we learn about Craig Melvin in the NBC News anchor’s new memoir “Pops” is that his father was born in a federal prison in West Virginia. The revelation grabs the reader by the collar and will likely surprise viewers who watch Melvin, 42, a smooth broadcaster who never displays a hint of angst over the many hours each week he’s seen across NBC News properties. Since joining the ...

"The Other Black Girl" by Zakiya Dalila Harris; Atria (368 pages, $27) ——— Nella Rogers is the only Black woman at the all-white, very unwoke Wagner Books in Zakiya Dalila Harris’ stunning debut, “The Other Black Girl,” an insightful, often uncomfortable, look at race, office politics, jealousy, ambition and friendship. Nella both revels in and reviles her status at the Manhattan publisher. ...

FICTION: In her wide-ranging debut collection of short stories, Nana Nkweti seems like a writer who can do anything. "Walking on Cowrie Shells" by Nana Nkweti; Graywolf Press (176 pages, $15.99) ——— If you regularly read book reviews, you're probably familiar with the phrase "promising debut." Critics use it as shorthand for a first book that suggests a bright future career for the author, a ...

NONFICTION: A poignant memoir about a writer caring for a father in the grip of Alzheimer's. "The Old King in His Exile" by Arno Geiger, translated from the German by Stefan Tobler; And Other Stories (192 pages, $16.95) ——— One day in the summer of 2006, writer Arno Geiger drove from his home in Vienna to the village of Wolfurt in Austria's westernmost region. There he met his father who, the ...

"Ivory Shoals" by John Brandon; McSweeney’s (250 pages, $26) ——— Gussie Dwyer’s life has been turned upside down, and so has the world around him. Gussie is the indomitable, irresistible hero of John Brandon’s fourth novel, "Ivory Shoals," set in frontier Florida in the months just after the end of the Civil War. The novel has echoes of many great books — "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," ...

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Asylum-seekers whose claims were dismissed or denied under a Trump administration policy that forced them to wait in Mexico for court hearings will be allowed to return for another chance at humanitarian protection, the U.S. Homeland Security Department said Tuesday in a move that could benefit tens of thousands of hopefuls.

After a record visitation year in 2019, the coronavirus pandemic brought Hawaii’s tourism industry to a screeching halt, delivering both residents and the environment a much-needed breather. Now, tourism has roared back—almost too loudly. For the week spanning June 1-8, the state saw 2,000 more arrivals than it did in the same period in 2019. Standard room rates at luxury resorts are pushing ...

Now this is a story all about ... a multifaceted and successful entertainer. Actor, rapper and film producer Will Smith can now add “author” to his resume, as he announced Saturday he has completed his autobiography. “It’s been a labor of love,” Smith said in an Instagram video. “I’ve been working on it for the past two years and it is finally ready.” Smith, whose face was behind an Instagram ...

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, June 12, 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 President’s Daughter. Clinton/Patterson. Little, Brown and Knopf ...

NEW YORK — Prayers have been answered for “The Book of Mormon” fans. The Tony-winning stage musical will return to Broadway on Nov. 5, producer Anne Garefino announced Wednesday of the raunchy comedy. Broadway shows have been shuttered since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “When Broadway shut down, so many amazing and talented people were put out of work, many of whom had become ...

Few rock 'n' roll legends have had as enduring an impact on multiple generations as Jim Morrison, whose death 50 years ago next month at 27 made him an even bigger cultural icon than when he was alive. Yet, while his six-year tenure as the deep-voiced front man in The Doors created a quintessential template for brooding, bad-boy rock singers clad in leather and oozing primal sex appeal, ...

LOS ANGELES — Over his three-plus decades running police departments in Boston, New York City and Los Angeles, Bill Bratton branded himself as America's top cop. At the time, that was generally a good thing: He won accolades for overseeing big-city police departments during a historic decline in crime throughout the U.S., ushering in changes that reshaped how the job is done and confronting ...

"The Cape Doctor" by: E.J. Levy; Little, Brown (352 pages, $25.95) ——— When we consider the differences between men and women, thinks Jonathan Perry, the remarkable doctor of E.J. Levy's new novel, we lose sight of similarities too easily. "Once the skin is peeled back, the distinctions are few," Dr. Perry says. "Save for the reproductive organs, one cannot tell man from woman — one cannot say ...

"Ivory Shoals" by John Brandon; McSweeney's (250 pages, $26) ——— In a recent interview with his publisher, McSweeney's, John Brandon explained that writer Tom Franklin once told him on the subject of creating convincing historical fiction, "If you don't know what was involved in going to the bathroom, you're not ready to write scenes in that time period." The earthy vividness with which he ...

"Strange Flowers" by Donal Ryan; Penguin (230 pages, $17) ——— "Strange Flowers," Donal Ryan's slim, quietly powerful fifth novel, begins with the first of three disappearances. Moll Gladney, a young woman in her early 20s, raised "without boldness or cheek or any impudent forwardness," is suddenly gone from her parents' little cottage in County Tipperary. Last seen boarding the bus bound for ...

"Phase Six" by Jim Shepard; Alfred A. Knopf (256 pages, $25.95) ——— The other day, my husband took in the latest COVID-19 statistics and wondered: What if this were a really big one? Someone less grounded in history and science and, well, reality, might say, Huh? This isn't big? That someone, however, is not Jim Shepard, who's clearly been thinking along these lines, and probably well before ...

"The Passenger" by Chaney Kwak; Godine (160 pages, $18.95) ——— If last year's news reports of COVID-19-contaminated cruise ships stranded offshore for weeks didn't put you off cruises forever, then surely Chaney Kwak's memoir, "The Passenger," will. That wasn't exactly Kwak's intention. A freelance travel writer for the New York Times and other publications, in March 2019 Kwak was assigned to ...

You may know Huma Abedin as Hillary Clinton's longtime close aide and a top advisor of her 2016 presidential campaign. You almost definitely know her as the ex-wife of Anthony Weiner, former congressman and currently registered sex offender, whose habit of sexting with minors may have indirectly sunk said presidential campaign. Abedin would like to reintroduce herself, in her own words. ...

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