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Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, one of the three Louisville, Kentucky, police officers who burst into Breonna Taylor’s apartment in March 2020 in a raid that left her dead, is writing book about his experience of that night — but the distributor announced Thursday night it is puling out of the project. Mattingly, 48, has a book deal with the Post Hill Press, a Tennessee-based outfit that specializes in ...

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, April 10, 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 Four Winds. Kristin Hannah. St. Martin's 2. The Red Book. ...

“Eleanor in the Village: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Search for Freedom and Identity in New York’s Greenwich Village,” by Jan Jarboe Russell; Scribner (240 pages, $28) ——— Eleanor Roosevelt’s greatest invention was herself. Born into a society family at the height of the Victorian age, she was expected to be polite, subservient, and silent. Initially, she was. Until she decided to be blunt, ...

"The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock" by Edward White; W.W. Norton (384 pages, $28.95) ——— The cubist approach to writing biographies is here to stay. Like Craig Brown's breathtaking "Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret," "The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock" views its subject from various angles. Instead of a standard approach, both books (and Brown's "One, Two, Three, Four" about the ...

"Beeswing" by Richard Thompson, written with Scott Timberg; Algonquin Books (304 pages, $27.95) ——— Musician Richard Thompson mentions a lot of names in his new memoir, but you never get the feeling that he's name dropping. It's just that he's been around for a long time and he's worked with just about everyone. "Beeswing" (Algonquin Books, 304 pages, $27.95, written with Scott Timberg) is a ...

Rickie Lee Jones cuts right to the chase on the first page of the introduction to "Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Troubadour," her well-crafted and intensely candid new memoir. Its second paragraph reads: "When I was twenty-three years old I drove around L.A. with Tom Waits. We'd cruise along Highway 1 in his new 1963 Thunderbird. With my blonde hair flying out the window and ...

CHICAGO — Hanif Abdurraqib doesn’t exactly write about music. I mean, yes, he writes about music, he’s written three acclaimed books (and many poems) about music; he has two podcasts about music; the Brooklyn Academy of Music recently named him guest curator-at-large. One of my favorite pandemic activities has been settling into his website Sixtyeight2ohfive, a kind of musical family ...

"Tom Seaver: A Terrific Life" by Bill Madden; Simon and Schuster (291 pages, $28) ——— More than half a century has passed since the Miracle Mets won the World Series in 1969, owing mostly to pluck, clutch hitting and the strong right arm of pitcher George Thomas Seaver, an articulate 24-year-old Californian who joined the famously inept team in 1967 but didn't think that losing was all that ...

Who better to explain the Florida Man phenomenon than a Florida man? Not that Tyler Gillespie fits that viral profile. He has never, so far as I know, thrown an alligator into a drive-thru window. Indeed, as he makes clear in his new book, "The Thing About Florida: Exploring a Misunderstood State," he really, really, really doesn’t want to touch any alligators at all. And when he finally does ...

Need some fresh fiction (or semifictionalized memoir) for spring? Here are six good bets, newly out in paperback. Happy reading! "Becoming Duchess Goldblatt" by Anonymous (HMH Books, $15.99). Quite possibly the greatest book ever to be born from a pseudonymous Twitter account, this nonfiction gem is written by a reclusive real-life writer who created a wise, enchanting online persona for ...

"Rising and Other Stories" by Gale Massey; Bronzeville Books (142 pages, $28) ——— In Gale Massey’s new short story collection, characters are balanced on the edge: on the rim of the Grand Canyon, on a diving board above a pool full of danger, on the verge of escaping a loveless home, on the shore of an ocean they might walk into or the lip of a bottle of pills they might take too many of. How ...

At least two powerful figures will be voting Amanda Gorman for president as soon as the 23-year-old inauguration poet is eligible in 2036. In a new Vogue interview with writer Doreen St. Felix, Gorman elaborated on her plan to campaign for the highest office in the United States — and revealed that she has already secured unofficial but key endorsements from former Secretary of State (and ...

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, April 3, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2020 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2020, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Red Book. Patterson/Ellis. Little, Brown 2. The Four Winds. ...

"Infinite Country" by Patricia Engel; Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster (208 pages, $25) ——— "Infinite Country," the new novel by Patricia Engel, has an irresistible first line: “It was her idea to tie up the nun.” The girl who has the idea, 15-year-old Talia, is intent on escaping from a remote reform school in the mountains of Colombia. "Infinite Country" is all about making escapes from ...

Richard Thompson’s combination of skills as a songwriter and guitarist is unmatched. The musician’s career — from his rise with British folk-rock inventors Fairport Convention to his 1970s partnership with his wife Linda Thompson to three decades as a solo artist — stretches over 50 years. But Thompson’s new memoir, which was written with Scott Timberg, zeroes in on only the first eight. It’s ...

Ernest Hemingway's terse prose style might seem clichéd today, but his short, declarative sentences and beneath-the-surface meaning were groundbreaking in his time. Here are four novels and a short-story collection that are essential reading. 'The Sun Also Rises' (1926) His first novel is the love story of Jake Barnes, who suffered a tragic war wound, and the promiscuous Lady Brett Ashley, who ...

When Carribean Fragoza was a child, she ate dirt. "Like I ate dirt a lot," she said in a recent video interview. And her tías in Guadalajara, Mexico, really liked eating clay pots. They'd break off little pieces and hand them to her "like they were chocolate." During one of her first prenatal appointments decades later, the obstetrician, concerned about lead in her body, asked Fragoza if she ...

"Who Is Maud Dixon?" by Alexandra Andrews; Little, Brown (336 pages, $28) ——— The title of this smart, slyly clever debut from journalist Alexandra Andrews says it all. Just who is this Maud Dixon whose first novel is the most talked about book in the history of publishing? Discussions about the book are rivaled by the secret identity of Maud. All that is known about the author is that Maud ...

Many of us approach topics like race and racism with apprehension, discomfort and sometimes anger. For Ibram X. Kendi, founder and director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research, researching, writing and talking about these difficult topics are all in a day's work. Author of bestsellers like "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America," ...

“The Irish Diaspora: Tales of Emigration, Exile and Imperialism” by Turtle Bunbury; Thames & Hudson (304 pages, $34.95) ——— Ireland’s greatest export was always its people. Some fled famine, violence, or poverty. Others sought love, adventure, or fortune. And Turtle Bunbury’s “The Irish Diaspora: Tales of Emigration, Exile and Imperialism” pays them tribute. The word diaspora comes from Greek ...

"The Wild Silence" by Raynor Winn; Penguin Books (288 pages, $17) ——— Immediately upon finishing Raynor Winn's 2019 memoir, "The Salt Path," I went to the computer and called up Google. "What happened to Moth?" I typed. I needed to know; In the course of reading that powerful book, Winn and her husband, Moth Walker, had become important to me. Winn's gorgeous new memoir, "The Wild Silence," ...

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, March 27, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2020 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2020, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Four Winds. Kristin Hannah. St. Martin's 2. Win. Harlan Coben. ...

Amanda Gorman says her speech impediment is anything but. The Los Angeles-born poet, who became an overnight sensation after reading her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Biden’s inauguration in January, spoke about her journey with Oprah Winfrey for an upcoming episode of “The Oprah Conversation.” “I was born early, along with my twin. And a lot of times, for infants, that can lead to ...

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