Books

On Prose: For a Writer, What Isn’t in a Name?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is the first “On Prose” column from Lyme novelist, essayist and story writer W.D. Wetherell. Intended as a companion to Sydney Lea’s “On Poetry” columns, “On Prose” will appear semi-regularly on the Valley News Books page.  Let’s start things off with a surprise quiz. What do the following all share in common? Tommy Traddles. Hannibal Chollop. Sissy Jupe. Peepy Jellyby. Sir Tumley Snuffin. Sim Tappertit. Ned …

Big Success for Author of ‘Wild’

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The big checks started coming in about nine months after Wild hit bookshelves and started its climb to the top of The New York Times best-seller’s list. To Oprah’s Book Club. And, as of this coming week, to movie theaters nationwide. The first thing author Cheryl Strayed bought was a $2,000 piano for …

Books to Buy for Fans of Felines

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Los Angeles — The felines are fighting back — on the bookshelf. Cats outnumber dogs in the U.S., but in bookstores, dog titles reign, the American Pet Products Association says. Fans insist felines are getting more popular as they ride the coattails of Internet sensations like Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub and Nora, the piano-playing cat. For the cat lovers on your holiday list, …

‘Champagne Supernovas’: Exploring 1990s Fashion

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the ‘90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion puts readers in the front row and three of the era’s biggest names in the catwalk spotlight. Author Maureen Callahan contends that the …

A Young Man’s Confession

Friday, September 12, 2014

Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy, by Andrew Lohse; Thomas Dunne Books; 303 pages; $25.99 Dartmouth College hazing whistleblower Andrew Lohse published his memoir, Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy , a 303-page narrative detailing the …

Stories That Paint Sexuality In Its Teenage Complexity

Friday, September 12, 2014

Rainey Royal, by Dylan Landis ; Soho Press ; 246 pages, $25 A birth control pill with a glass of milk. This is what Howard Royal serves his daughter Rainey for breakfast every morning. He “waits until she …

Thriller Writer Labors to Turn U.S. Policy in Africa Into a Page-Turner

Friday, September 12, 2014

Washington — As he began writing his third book on U.S.-Africa policy and development, Todd Moss, a former State Department official, realized something. It would be boring. Just another text for the shelves of foreign-policy wonks, Ph.D.s and think tank denizens like himself. “I decided, ‘Let me try …

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 …