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Laugh After Death: California Mortician Shares Funny Funeral Industry Stories in New Book

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Signal Hill, Calif. — When it comes to death, mortician Ken McKenzie says people are far too serious. After creating a “Men of Mortuaries” calendar featuring buff, shirtless morticians wielding shovels in 2007 and releasing Mortuary Confidential in 2010, the California mortuary owner has a new book out. Over Our Dead Bodies: Undertakers Lift The Lid a collection of his own stories, as well as experiences from funeral directors across …

Ex-Rep. Frank Takes on Harvard

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Cambridge, Mass. — After retiring from Congress at the end of 2012, Barney Frank sat down to write a political memoir. As one of the first openly gay members of Congress, and a lifelong fighter for LGBT rights, the former Massachusetts Democratic representative had plenty of material to work with. The only problem …

Academic v. High Court: Making a Case

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Erwin Chemerinsky has made an exemplary career out of teaching, writing and lecturing about the U.S. Supreme Court. And though he has strongly liberal views, he is widely admired for his ability to explain the work of the court in a way that is thoughtful, clear and fair. But in his new book, The Case Against the Supreme Court, he says he regrets …

Robin Williams Biography Planned

Friday, September 12, 2014

Henry Holt has acquired the rights to a biography of the late Robin Williams, to be written by New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff. “The book will provide the definitive, comprehensive account of Williams’s life and will recount his journey from lonesome youth to indefatigable comedian, and …

The Toll of Alzheimer’s

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Meryl Comer’s husband vanished more than a decade ago. Yet she has remained at his side, caring for him night and day as he drifted into the darkness of Alzheimer’s disease. The story of how Comer, an Emmy …

Minecraft Now a Publishing Sensation

Sunday, September 7, 2014

New York — Like millions of parents, Aaron Sacharow welcomes those moments when his son — 7-year-old Tyler — takes a break from video games and picks up a book instead. He will even settle for the book …

Reading Ferguson: Race, Police and Protest

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Nearly a half century before Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson crossed paths on a street in Ferguson, Missouri, a 21-year-old man named Marquette Frye was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol, just outside of Watts. Both incidents unfolded on an August day, with a crowd of …

Memoirs Aplenty Coming in Fall

Sunday, August 31, 2014

New York — So many memoirs are coming out this fall, written in so many ways. Neil Patrick Harris, for instance, decided that his early 40s was too young for a “life” story, even for a Tony- and …

Finding Nature in Hanover: Self-Published Guide Favors the Physical Book Over the Digital Ether 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Hanover — For a good part of his day job, Steve Smith writes content for the social-media sites of Dartmouth College’s alumni-relations office. For his 41-page book, Top 10 Natural Places to Visit in Hanover, New Hampshire: A …

A Loyal Soldier’s Campaign Journal

Friday, August 29, 2014

November’s Gladiators , by Terry Baxter; Langdon Street Press, 274 pages, $27.95 The vast piles of books generated by political campaigns tend to be about the decisions of strategy and tactics that led to victory. All those books …

Novel About Race Debuts at a Critical Time

Friday, August 29, 2014

Your Face in Mine: A Novel by Jess Row; Riverhead Hardcover 384 pages, $27.95 Jess Row’s provocative new novel arrives at a time when the talk we once heard about a post-racial America has sputtered (Google “Ferguson, Missouri” if you’re unsure why). Race is the impossible subject, the …

Wilder Memoir: Gritty View of Prairie Life

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Pierre, S.D. — Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children’s series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted Little House on the Prairie fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier …

Finding ‘Heart of Darkness’ on Ice

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The great achievement of Hampton Sides’ unforgettable new book about a group of American Arctic explorers only becomes apparent halfway into its 400-plus pages. In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette tells the story of an almost entirely forgotten episode …