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5 books you won't want to miss this week, including one by Pope Francis

­<p>USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week.<p><b>1. Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages That Shaped Europe</b> by Deborah Cadbury (Public Affairs, non-fiction, on sale now)<p><b>What it’s about:</b> By the 1890s, when she had more than 30 grandchildren, the queen of …

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These Are the 10 Best Books of 2017, According to Amazon Editors

2017 has been quite a year in the book world. We learned the inside scoop about the 2016 presidential election in Hillary Clinton’s <i>What Happened</i>, endured thought spirals and reward-incentivized mysteries with John Green in <i>Turtles All the Way Down</i>, and were even were treated to an in-depth look at …

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17 standout books of 2017 that you must read

The nerds will be spoilt for choices<p>Sparkling new voices, curious genre-hybrids, future classics,and a stirring portrait of our time—2017’s standout …

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Man Booker Prize Plans 50th Anniversary Celebrations for 2018

In 2018, the Man Booker Prize will celebrate 50 years with a year-long slew of anniversary celebrations and a campaign to introduce new audiences to …

Literature

The Man Booker International Prize is awarded annually to a single work of international fiction that has been translated into English and published in the UK. The 2017 longlist of thirteen works was announced on March 15, 2017, followed by the shortlist on April 20. Below

The Man Booker International Prize is awarded annually to a single work of international fiction that has been translated into English and published …

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The Book Club: 5 Of The Best

Next week <b>The Book Club</b> ends its 11 year run with a special, 5 Of The Best to discuss standout 2017 reads.<p>Jennifer Byrne, Marieke Hardy and Jason …

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Elmet, by Fiona Mozley

Booklist Review<p>Booklist Editors Recommend<p>Titles similar to <i>Elmet</i><p><b>Elmet.</b><p>Mozley, Fiona (author).<p>Dec. 2017. 320p. Algonquin, paperback, $15.95 …

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Julian Barnes tackles sex, relation­­ships and ageing in tender age-gap love story | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post

<b>The Only Story</b> <i><br>by Julian Barnes</i><br>Jonathan Cape<p>Although he has not won the fame of contemporary Martin Amis, Julian Barnes is in remarkable fettle for a …

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Critic's 'Ghost List' Has Books, Music And A TV Show That Deserve A Second Look

I don't believe in ghosts, but sometimes when I walk through my house I think I hear the forlorn cries of all the books, movies and TV shows that I've loved over the past few months but never got around to talking about. And so, every December, I try to silence those cries with my annual "Ghost …

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In Flexing Muscle, URJ Broadens Israel Critique

Boston — Jerusalem may be the capital of Israel — a notion now officially supported by the United States — but according to Rabbi Rick Jacobs, …

Jewish Culture

21 Books Publishing and Publishing-Adjacent People Are Talking About at Parties

As the year comes to a close and best-of lists start making their appearances (see a very good example here and another very good one here), I got to …

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11 Captivating New Books That Every Reader on Your List Wants This Month

Even though we're not too pleased that the weather is become more frightful than delightful, we're actually pretty excited to spend our evenings curled up by the fireplace with a captivating paperback. Whether you're looking for a new book to binge in time for the holidays or you're still on the …

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Jim Dale Narrates New Rumpelstiltskin Audiobook Musical 'SPIN', Out This Winter

HarperAudio, the audio imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, today announced that it will release Spin, The Audiobook Musical on January 9, 2018.<p>Spin …

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How Novels Help You Grieve

<b>By Fred L. Griffin, M.D.</b><p>Source: CC0 Public Domain<p>As the holidays approach, our thoughts often turn to loved ones who are no longer with us. For those …

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Sixties socialites on camera and tequila to help the sun rise: what to buy this week

Snap up some Slim Aarons photographs, try a nip of environmentally friendly tequila and light up a luxury scented Christmas candle… these are some of the things we love this week<p>Wish we were there<p>A selection of 15 previously unseen Slim Aarons photographs have been released to brighten your …

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South Koreans are not cool with how Americans and Chinese are being reassured over North Korea

Don’t worry: If the North Korea crisis escalates into a full-blown war, the casualties will mostly occur on the Korean Peninsula.<p>That reassurance has recently given to both American and Chinese audiences. For their part, South Koreans, who do tend to live on the Korean Peninsula, are not happy …

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The World Goes On

László Krasznahorkai is one of those big-time contemporary talents for whom mighty claims are made. Early on, both Sontag and Sebald compared him to …

Literature

Paperback Row

<i>Six new paperbacks to check out this week.</i><p><b>BLOOD AT THE ROOT:</b> <b>A Racial Cleansing in America,</b> <i>by Patrick Phillips. (Norton, $15.95.)</i> Forsyth County, Ga., drove out its African-American population in 1912 after the unsolved murder of a white woman, and stayed all-white for 80 years. As our reviewer, …

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10 books we loved reading in 2017

These 10 fiction and non-fiction titles rose to the top of the heap for USA TODAY's book reviewers this year.<p><b>1. Lincoln in the Bardo</b> by George Saunders (Random House, fiction)<p>Saunders’ brilliantly imagined novel, both heartbreaking and hilarious, takes place in a cemetery the night Abraham Lincoln …

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10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Muhammad Ali, Julia Child and Leonardo da Vinci are three big names anchoring this week’s list of recommendations. The first full biography since Ali’s death last year tells the story of his epic life; “France Is a Feast” shows off Paul Child’s accomplished photos of Julia Child and postwar Paris; …

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What does the future of Black filmmaking look like?

From Nollywood’s success to new Amazon series and festival projects, this is a moment to consider how far Black cinema has come, and where it can …

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Hong Kong writers have much to say – and not just about democracy and politics

Is there such a thing as “Hong Kong writing” in English – that’s the weighty question British literary journal <i>Wasafiri</i> asks in its latest quarterly …

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50 Books from the Past 50 Years Everyone Should Read at Least Once

Challenge accepted.<p>Fifty contemporary classics everyone should read at least once—only 50? There are hundreds we could include, and if we did, this …

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The Most Overrated Books of 2017

Shares 0<p><i>Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Complimentary copies of the books discussed below were provided by the publishers.</i><p>This year …

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The 12 Books You Absolutely Need This Hanukkah

2017 has been a stressful year. The health care system has been jeopardized; nuclear war has been threatened; hurricanes and wildfires devastated …

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My Favorite Books of 2017

Each December I post for you my favorite reads of the past year. This is not a “working list,” so I try as best I can to avoid theological or …

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Sam Shepard - Spy of the First Person - Book Review

Spy of the First Person<p>By Sam Shepard<p>Knopf<br>$18.00<br>ISBN 9780525521563<br>Published 12/05/2017<p>Fiction / Literary Fiction<p>Buy the book<p>Trending Book Reviews<p>Elmet<p>…

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PAPER TRAIL: Kwame Anthony Appiah to chair Man Booker judging panel; Joy Williams to receive Hadada Award

Paul Farhi details the numerous reporting mistakes that ABC’s Brian Ross has made over the years. Erik Wemple explains why suspending Ross is the …

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Debut Author Channeled Her 'Darker Bits' Into A Man Booker Shortlist Novel

Fiona Mozley is one of the literary sensations of 2017. The part-time clerk at the Little Apple Bookshop in York, England was named a finalist for this year's Man Booker Prize with her first novel <i>Elmet.</i><p>It's a story about Cathy and Daniel, a daughter and a son, and their love for their father who …

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‘It feels good to know who lives behind those doors’: Lionel Shriver, Jon McGregor and others meet the neighbours

What do you know about the people who live next door? We asked five novelists to knock on a stranger’s door<p>Lionel Shriver ‘Jim shows me his wedding photo. He cut a dashing figure in 1969’<p>I first met our neighbour opposite after he had watched my husband and me struggle on to a roofer’s scaffold, to …

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