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Travel-company founder offers ‘Safari’ memoir

By Beth J. Harpaz
Geoffrey Kent, founder of the Abercrombie & Kent luxury tour company, grew up in colonial Africa and hunted an elephant at age 15 in 1957. After killing “the most beauteous and magnificent beast” he’d ever seen, he vows, “If I ...

Review: Clarice Lispector’s exhilarating fiction resists being pinned down

By Mike Fischer
Since her death in 1977, Brazilian-Jewish writer Clarice Lispector has been called “a female Chekhov” (Benjamin Moser), “one of the hidden geniuses of twentieth-century literature” ...

Review: ‘The State We’re In’ by Ann Beattie doesn’t settle for easy solutions

By David L. Ulin
“The State We’re In,” Ann Beattie’s ninth book of short fiction, is a work of double meanings, beginning with that title: The 15 stories here ...

New book on dating blames the numbers — not the women

By The Associated Press
Think “Freakonomics” and “Moneyball” if you run across “Date-Onomics,” a by-the-numbers book on dating that argues advice-givers serving up tips for women on how to ...

Independent bookshops find ways to keep going with new owners

By Alice T. Carter
New owners at two venerable area bookstores are working on a happy ending for the saga of the independent bookseller. In May, partners Natalie Sacco and ...

‘Ambassador’s Wife’ uses fiction to talk about real issues

By Rege Behe
Jennifer Steil intended to write a story about an ambassador’s wife who is kidnapped in a Middle Eastern country. The themes that emerged as the ...

Author Penny says choices we make swing pendulum of good, evil

By Rege Behe
Louise Penny’s novels have a simple motif: Goodness exists. Even though, she readily admits, it can be hard to find. “I went through a terrible time, when ...

Review: Son recounts his father’s struggle in Holocaust memoir

By Pamela Sampson
Holocaust memoirs published in the decades following the Nazi genocide of Europe’s Jews serve as gripping and historically necessary evidence to unimaginable personal suffering. However, ...

Al Roker’s ‘The Storm of the Century’ dives into 1900 storm

By Luqman Adeniyi
Al Roker’s new book,  “The Storm of the Century,” reads like a blockbuster movie script, but the “Today” show weatherman said the drama, heartache and ...

Review: Claustrophobic feel pervades Michael Kortya’s ‘Last Words’

By Oline H. Cogdill
A massive cave in southern Indiana symbolizes a family tragedy, a small town’s near ruin and a private detective’s attempts to come to terms with ...

Review: Julia Heaberlin’s third novel features likable protagonist, nail-biting suspense

By Catherine Mallette
Eighteen years ago, Tessa Cartwright became known as the only surviving victim of a serial killer. The Texas teen woke up in a field of black-eyed ...

Civil War letters lead to O’Hara woman’s book

By Tawnya Panizzi
O’Hara resident Carolyn Wilson unearthed more than nostalgia and history when she found a stack of Civil War-era letters in the attic of her childhood ...

Review: ‘The Last Pilot’ deftly evokes America’s ramp-up to the space program

By Jim Higgins
In “The Last Pilot,” debut novelist Benjamin Johncock evokes the years of America’s ramp-up to the space program so skillfully, a reader can almost feel ...

Review: Ronald Fraser’s ‘Drought’ envisions colonialism through water

By David L. Ulin
Ronald Fraser’s “Drought” is an uneven novel, but when it is good, it is very, very good — as in Graham Greene good. The story ...

Review: Matthew Reilly writes compelling historical novel ‘The Tournament’

By Jeff Ayers
Matthew Reilly, known for writing intense, over-the-top action thrillers, abandons his brand and delivers “The Tournament,” a historical novel set in 1546. In this story, ...

Review: Carla Norton’s ‘What Doesn’t Kill Her’ is packed full of believable twists

By Oline H. Cogdill
A young woman’s determination to be a survivor, not a victim, and to find her sense of self makes a forceful theme in Carla Norton’s ...

Author to discuss book drawn from 120 years of family letters

By Rege Behe
The heirloom sat unopened on a shelf for 30 years in New Castle, its secrets undiscovered. When Mary Jo Sonntag finally convinced her mother to ...

New books coming from ‘Me and Earl’ author Andrews

By Tribune-Review
Point Breeze native and “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” author Jesse Andrews has two new books coming, according to Entertainment Weekly. The first, “The ...

Springdale Library plans open house so public can meet authors

By Debbie Black
Upper Burrell author Brynn Chapman will join 18 other local authors at Springdale Free Public Library on Aug. 15. The library’s Local Authors Open House will ...

‘Kitchens’ just something Stradal whipped up

By Jessica Gelt
When he was 5, J. Ryan Stradal wrote his name in crayon on the inside jackets of his favorite books. Only he didn’t write “property ...