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Dog books certain to give you paws
My first dog was a golden retriever named Tisha. Tisha was quiet and friendly, a perfect golden for a 4-year-old boy; my mother swears that when we took her to the vet one last time, as the dog lay dying on the operating table, Tisha lifted her head at ...

Church split over historic set of books
BOSTON (AP) — The first book printed in what would become the United States was a Puritan hymnal of psalms, sturdy enough that 11 copies that came off a wooden Cambridge press in 1640 still exist. Now, a copy of the Bay Psalm Book might bring millions ...

Choosing books for the holidays
Inevitably this holiday season, my mom will tick through her shopping list and say with a sigh, "Your dad wants a book." Since I was a kid, my mom has teased my dad about the predictablity of this ritual, which usually involves the purchase of a brick ...

Biblioracle: Get to know the real Ralphie
"You'll shoot your eye out, kid." You probably recognize that line from the film "A Christmas Story," the holiday season classic that gets a 24-hour showing on Christmas Day. It tells the story of young Ralphie, who wants nothing more than a Red Ryder ...

Weekend picks for book lovers
2012 - What should you read this weekend? USA TODAY's picks for book lovers include an amusing guide to keeping your friends (and you) happy -- plus two excellent biographies for history buffs. Friendkeeping: A Field Guide to the People You Love, Hate, ...

Oliver Burkeman's 'The Antidote' rethinks positive thinking
Burkeman, a columnist for the Guardian, begins with a skillful and entirely persuasive dissection of the arguments that have sent millions of books about success and happiness flying off the shelves. Examine those books closely and you'll find nothing ...

How to give an e-book
Luckily for gift-givers, almost all booksellers have added options to their websites to make giving e-books easier. But it still can be confusing, so we put together a how-to guide below. The first step for anyone seeking to give an e-book is to find ...

Guide to coffee table books as holiday gifts
n "Vogue: The Editor's Eye," Abrams Books, features interviews with eight of the magazine's stylists through time. Celebrity portraits and behind-the-scenes candids by the fashion industry's top photographers, including Irving Penn, Mario Testino ...

New book expected from 'Hunger Games' author
Titled "Year of the Jungle," the book will be a picture book for children four years old and up that explores her father's service in the Viet Nam War. Publication date is tentatively set for Sept. 10 with a suggested retail price of $17.99 ...

Books, Scents, Jewelry And Handbags!
HOLLYWOOD —The holidays are upon us, which means that most of us will gorge in glorious desserts. Don't let the food police intimidate you. It's the holidays and the majority of people just love desserts. Why? Desserts make people smile and it tastes ...

'Fifty Shades of Grey' writer talks power rankings
She released two follow up books in quick fashion and had all three for sale as self-published eBooks until Vintage Books swept in due to the series' growing popularity and picked them up for re-releases in 2012. The first book in the series is now the ...

Travel books make great gifts for both wanderers, homebodies
NEW YORK — From memoirs and maps to beautiful hard-covers suitable for coffee-table display, here are some ideas for holiday gifts from this year's crop of travel books and publications. (Prices shown are cover list prices.) National Geographic's ...

Books-A-Million hosting book drive for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate
Books-A-Million in Anderson is hosting a book and toy drive to benefit Anderson County at-risk children who are enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate. Customers can purchase a book or toy that will be donated to a Little Brother or Little ...

Books post different point spreads on Alabama vs. Notre Dame
LAS VEGAS -- Less than five minutes after Alabama defeated Georgia, 32-28, in the SEC Championship Game Saturday, the Wynn Las Vegas sports book re-opened Alabama as a 10-point favorite against Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship ...

The gift of travel books, from coffee table to memoir
Travel writers Don George, an editor at large for National Geographic Traveler magazine, and Pauline Frommer, creator of Pauline Frommer Guidebooks, both said travel books they've recently enjoyed include actor Andrew McCarthy's memoir, “The Longest ...

Book manufacturer Thomson-Shore is adapting and rebounding
Kevin Spall, the president and CEO of Thomson-Shore, says the recession prodded his company ahead a few chapters in the book-manufacturing business. Revenues dropped more than 20% in 2008, prompting the first layoff notices in the employee-owned ...

E-books and apps to 'unwrap'
The Kindle was not guaranteed to catch on when Amazon introduced its e-reader five years ago, but e-books are now a routine alternative to hardcovers and paperbacks, constituting about 25% of publishing's revenues. That's good news for the trees, but ...

Gift books, all of them true beauties
Flower (Chronicle Books, $75). Talk about letting images speak for themselves! There is almost no text in this book. There aren't even any page numbers. It's just one ravishing blossom after another. This has the advantage of forcing you to see each ...

Books: New and Noteworthy
2012 - We scope out the hottest books on sale the week of Dec. 2. 1. The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of Hallelujah by Alan Light (Atria, non-fiction, on sale Dec. 4). What it's about: Veteran music writer ...

Digital store Flipkart offers e-books online
Bangalore, Dec 2 — India's leading e-commerce brand Flipkart.com's digital store Flyte has forayed into selling e-books online to change reading habits of book lovers. "Readers can buy and read their favourite books on their computing and mobile ...

Great new children's books celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas
Author/illustrator Leslie Patricelli has a genius for making board books that will amuse both little ones and their parents as she demonstrates once again in “Fa La La” (Candlewick Press, $6.99, ages 6 months-3 years). The cheerful Baby who stars in ...

Books that aren't to be overlooked this holiday season
Normally at this time of year I recommend books that you may have missed, but in 2012 there are many titles that would be great to share with readers of all ages. These are not "coffee table" books that are beautiful to look at; I'm thinking of lovely ...

'All Gone' and 'The End of Your Life Book Club'
For a short book “All Gone” is crammed with incident: Ms. Witchel's childhood, her mother's descent into dementia and how Ms. Witchel fell into journalism and met her husband, Frank Rich, a former theater critic and columnist for The Times. I like a ...

Gift ideas: 12 books for looking
Artists in Love: A Century of Creative and Romantic Partnerships (Welcome Books, $65): In a fascinating mix of art and biography, Veronica Kavass smartly focuses on 29 of the 20th century's most famous artist partnerships at the moment of their ...

The 2012 Books You Missed But Shouldn't Have
A book to keep at your side as you cook. Consider the fork. It's a piercing, sharp weapon associated with the Devil. How did this unlikely tool become the West's most popular and indispensable utensil? Wilson serves up brisk histories of everything you ...

Michelle recs books by Lynn Emery, Stacy-Deanne, Noire
I read this book as if I was eating candy corn — once started, could not stop. I had a two-hour wait in my car and I read this book in those two hours. Plenty of drama and fast-paced twists are your constant companions. Characters who have their own ...

Bard and Book Publishing Announces New Story by Derek Elkins
Bard and Book Publishing announces the release of “Detective Story”, a short story written by Bard and Book author Derek Elkins. “Detective Story” becomes part of Elkins' “2012 Collected Works of Derek Elkins," which was published in May 2012. Elkins ...

Travel books as gifts: From coffee table to memoir
NEW YORK — From memoirs and maps to beautiful hard-covers suitable for coffee-table display, here are some ideas for holiday gifts from this year's crop of travel books and publications. (Prices shown are cover list prices.) National Geographic's ...

David Oliver Relin Dead: 'Three Cups Of Tea' Co-Author Takes His Own Life
In April, U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon rejected a lawsuit by four people who bought the book, dismissing claims that the two authors, the publisher, and a charity conspired to make Mortenson into a false hero to sell books and raise money for the ...

Bay Psalm Book Sale: Old South Church To Sell First Book Published In North ...
Bay Psalm Book Sale: Old South Church To Sell First Book Published In North ...

Bard and Book Publishing Announces New Story by Derek Elkins
Elkins is also the author of other works through Bard and Book Publishing, including: "How To Take Over the World and Enslave Mankind Using Common Household Items, Book One: Your Own Personal Undead Army", "The Trouble with Bricks", "Bedlam's ...

Two New Books for Lego Fans
I've had some of No Starch Press's other books, such as Forbidden Lego and The Unofficial Lego Builder's Guide which were both great but I wasn't sure what to expect with The Lego Adventure Book by Megan Rothrock. When I finally got my hands on the ...

Best books: a list of what's listed
It's the season — festive times, good cheer and lists of the best books of the year. They start popping up as early as October and proceed up through Christmas, depending on the source. The Seattle Times will publish its best-books list Dec. 16, but ...

UI books gift guide now works for smartphones
The next time you're book-shopping for that special teen or child in your life, you can download the free annual gift guide from the University of Illinois Center for Children's Books on your mobile phone. A PDF of the guide has been available ...

News Corp. publishing co. to keep News Corp. name, entertainment co. to be ...
News Corp. publishing co. to keep News Corp. name, entertainment co. to be ...

Book traces odd journey of Cohen's song
NEW YORK (AP) - It may be hard to think of any song that has taken a stranger journey through popular culture than Leonard Cohen's “Hallelujah.” Recorded in 1984, it was on the only Cohen album rejected by his record company. Virtually no one noticed ...

MAN's best books of 2012
The book of the year: Eleanor Jones Harvey's “The Civil War and American Art” is the rare book that connects the dots between art and history so well that the reader assumes that the subject is well-worn. It is not. The book, which trumps the ...

A Book Lover's e-Dilemma
I am a very big fan of books. Over the years I have collected a library of close to 2,500 books of all kinds, with 300+ dedicated to cooking and 200+ focused on travel. I even have some first editions of Hemingway and Steinbeck favorites. And for ...

News Corp.'s divorce of convenience: publishing loses Hollywood's embrace
In a move that makes it sound more like Fox Group is being separated from News Corp than News Corp is being split in two, the news and book publishing assets will remain named “News Corporation”, while TV studios, movie studios and pay-TV platforms ...

NFL Sports Book Industry Report
LAS VEGAS – The first pro football Sunday of December produced better results than any single day in November. That's what happens when the favorites go 6-7-1 against the spread and five of the underdogs win outright. For the books, the best thing ...

When Self-Published Ebooks Become Best-Sellers
What do publishers do in a world where anyone can publish a book? It's a question with a good answer. What isn't as clear is what publishers do in a world where anyone can be publish a best-seller. One of the interesting trends in the ebook revolution ...

'Books for Bill' fundraiser to stock library of new Arlington school
A group of Arlington resident is launching a fundraising efforts to stock the shelves of the library named after late Town Meeting Member Bill Shea at the new Thompson Elementary School. The “Books for Bill” campaign is being led by friends and ...

Book Buzz: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' inspires baby names
Here's a case for some that were overlooked, including Cheryl Strayed's Oprah book, Wild. Lehane's a fan: Best-selling author Dennis Lehane has chosen the second selection for his eponymous line of books, Ecco has announced. It's Visitation Street by ...

New App by FreeBookWriter Contributes to Rising e-book Publishing Trend
According to The New York Times, 81% of people feel that they have a good idea for a book. This statistic means over 200 million people in the United States alone want to write a book, which contributes to the trend that independent publishing is on ...

15 best books of 2012 – nonfiction
From a study of 19th-century photographer Edward Curtis to an examination of life in a present-day Mumbai slum, the nonfiction titles of 2012 opened doors to stories we'd never imagined. Here are the Monitor's picks for the 15 best nonfiction books of ...

EL James, Publishing Person of the Year
Today's issue of Publishers Weekly names E.L. James, author of the worldwide phenomenon “Fifty Shades” books, its Publishing Person of the Year. Ron Charles, The Washington Post's book critic (and self-described “Totally Hip Book Reviewer”), found the ...

These books log Lincoln's life, presidency
Here is a sampling of great books about the president, as well as his wife. A. Lincoln: A Biography by Ronald C. White Jr. (Random House). Looking for a comprehensive birth-to-death bio? This is the answer. White is particularly strong in his ability ...

Books to Watch Out For: December (And a Few We Missed in November)
“Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse” (Random House), by Calvin Trillin, out November 20th. The latest book of political poetry from the New Yorker staff writer and “deadline poet” for The Nation, “Dogfight” focusses on the people ...

Details on how News Corp. split will work
The other will be an entertainment company, called Fox Group. Here's how the split will work: — Newspapers, book publishing and information services such as Dow Jones Newswires will be part of the publishing company. The 20th Century Fox movie studio, ...

'Three Cups of Tea' co-author David Oliver Relin dead of suicide
David Oliver Relin, Gregory Mortenson's co-author on the bestseller "Three Cups of Tea," has died. The 49-year-old committed suicide Nov. 15 in Oregon, the Multnomah County medical examiner announced late Sunday, saying blunt force trauma to the head ...


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