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If you're planning to write a memoir any time soon, you might want to contact a documentary filmmaker first. Following in the narrative-seizing steps of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who chased the Netflix documentary series "Harry & Meghan" with Harry's memoir "Spare," Pamela Anderson has scheduled a simultaneous release of her book, "Love, Pamela" and a Netflix doc, "Pamela, A Love Story." ...

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Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, Jan. 21, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2023 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2023, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "The Cabinet of Dr. Leng" by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Grand ...

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, Jan. 21, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2023 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2023, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Cabinet of Dr. Leng. Preston/Child. Grand Central 2. Lessons in ...

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FICTION: A small Southern town in the 1970s — and a couple — are torn by a mysterious triple murder. "Decent People" by De'Shawn Charles Winslow; Bloomsbury (272 pages, $28) ——— In "Decent People," his second novel, author De'Shawn Charles Winslow has a lot to say about a lot of things. In fewer than 300 pages, Winslow takes on love, racism, Black masculinity, morality, hypocrisy and justice ...

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Books in brief "Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone" by Benjamin Stevenson; Mariner Books (384 pages, $28.99) ——— You know the kind of mystery where the explanation comes pouring out at the end in great detail and you, the reader, gnash your teeth because there was no way on Earth you could have solved it because you didn't have all of the facts? Well, Benjamin Stevenson's narrator, ...

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CHICAGO — The Checker taxi garage was a massive place, just to the north of North Avenue and stretching from Wells Street west to North Park Avenue. It was a wild and busy and noisy place, a human beehive. Allan Lee Koss was in and out of there hundreds, likely thousands, of times. He drove for Checker from 1977 to 1988. He drove nights and, for him, it was a good job. And why not? If memory ...

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“The Way They Were: How Epic Battles and Bruised Egos Brought a Classic Hollywood Love Story to the Screen” by Robert Hofler; Citadel (304 pages, $28) ——— It was a movie nobody liked making. The producer worried it cost too much, yet the director felt he was spending too little. The leading man called the script “a piece of junk,” and the leading lady complained her best scenes were cut. Even ...

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NONFICTION: Making a sweater from scratch — from shearing a sheep to dyeing the wool to knitting it up — is a project filled with lessons. "Unraveling" by Peggy Orenstein; Harper (224 pages, $27.99) ——— Do not be fooled by the adorable cover of "Unraveling," or by its flippant subtitle ("What I learned about life while shearing sheep, dyeing wool, and making the world's ugliest sweater"). This ...

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NONFICTION: An informative and compelling biography of the architect of the U.S. policy of "containing" the Soviet Union. "Kennan: A Life Between Worlds" by Frank Costigliola; Princeton University Press (648 pages, $39.95) ——— Architect of the U.S. policy of "containing" the Soviet Union during the Cold War, George F. Kennan was one of this country's preeminent diplomats, historians, and ...

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NONFICTION: Slim but incisive, this collection of graceful essays explores the struggle to be Black and female in a world of toxic patriarchy. "Black and Female" by Tsitsi Dangarembga; Graywolf Press (128 pages, $23) ——— "The first wound for all of us who are classified as 'black' is empire." So begins the first essay in Zimbabwean writer Tsitsi Dangarembga's trenchant new collection, "Black ...

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FICTION: A debut about books, friendship and parenthood set in New York City. "Vintage Contemporaries" by Dan Kois; Harper (336 pages, $27.99) ——— One night, Emily has an improbable yet memorable encounter in a New York City diner. She is eating alone when another young woman — a perfect stranger — slides into the booth opposite her and helps herself to her last dumpling. She turns out to be ...

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For 25 years, Bill Maxwell wrote a column for the then-St. Petersburg Times and the Tampa Bay Times. His award-winning columns were also syndicated, appearing in more than 200 newspapers worldwide. Maxwell’s voice was among the most recognizable on the Times’ pages, not only for his clear and powerful writing but for his direct attack. He did not dance around issues, even the most contentious ...

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LAS VEGAS — Time to “Get Ur Freak On,” Vegas: Come May, hip-hop superstar Missy Elliot will hit the stage for her first billed performance since 2019. And it’s happening right here: Elliott is one of the headliners of Lovers & Friends, the hit throwback R&B and rap festival returning to the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on May 6 following two sold-out shows at the venue last spring. The loaded ...

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Thursday’s British Academy Film Awards nominations brought plenty of drama. Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical “The Fabelmans” and the Tom Cruise-led “Top Gun: Maverick” were largely snubbed by BAFTA voters after winning big at previous ceremonies. Neither is a finalist for film of the year, and Spielberg isn’t nominated for best director. The only nomination for “The Fabelmans” came for ...

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Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, Jan. 14, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2023 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2023, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The House of Wolves. Patterson/Lupica. Little, Brown 2. Hell Bent. ...

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, Jan. 14, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2023 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2023, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "The House of Wolves" by James Patterson and Mike Lupica (Little, ...

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With all the market research and focus groups that drive the movie world, it's rare for something as poorly conceived as "The Son" to make it through the cracks. Florian Zeller's bleak follow-up to his Oscar-winning "The Father" is only loosely connected to that movie, both in terms of story and quality. The title could refer to either Peter (Hugh Jackman), a crack political strategist, or his ...

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“Shark: Why We Need to Save the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator" by Paul de Gelder; Mudlark (240 pages, $26.99) ——— He was their prey, then became their protector. Paul de Gelder was a diver in the Australian Navy, running counterterrorism exercises in Sydney Harbor. In 2009, a 9-foot bull shark mistook him for breakfast. “I was like a chew toy to this predator,” de Gelder writes in ...

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CHICAGO — There have been many — hundreds, thousands — of people who have worked for the Chicago Tribune in my long time here. Some remain but the majority have departed ... gone on to play golf, write books, learn a foreign language and have other varied experiences. Only one has been named America’s funniest reporter. That man is Carl Kozlowski and the recognition came from a national ...

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While many of us will remember the last year as a time when superstar authors published highly anticipated follow-ups — think Michelle Obama, Jennifer Egan and Hanya Yanagihara — it was also a banner year for emerging voices. Bay Area authors of color, led by Oakland’s Leila Mottley, whose powerful first novel is being translated into 15 languages, made splashy debuts we’re still talking ...

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NONFICTION: An inspiring doctor caters to, and befriends, the unhoused people of Boston. "Rough Sleepers" by Tracy Kidder; Random House (320 pages, $30) ——— The myth of Sisyphus pops up in Tracy Kidder's "Rough Sleepers," about a doctor who works with the unhoused population of Boston, and it's an apt one. The book's subject notes that Sisyphus, always striving toward a goal he'll never reach, ...

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One of the best things about writing “Less,” says author Andrew Sean Greer, was that he felt completely ready to move on afterward. “It’s hard to make a book and let it go, because you feel like it’s unfinished. Not this one,” the San Francisco-based author says of his 2017 novel. “It was a book that I loved writing that then, the reviewers loved. And I was like, ‘Done.’ And I was moving on to ...

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NONFICTION: The fascinating story of Ana Belen Montes, an American bureaucrat — and spy for Cuba. "Code Name Blue Wren" by Jim Popkin; Hanover Square Press (351 pages, $27.99) ——— By the time you read this, Ana Belen Montes will have left the Admin Unit at Carswell Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, her release scheduled for Jan. 8. The prison has been home to some of the nation's ...

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NONFICTION: In his third memoir, Henry Marsh moves from being a doctor to becoming a patient. It's a difficult transition. "And Finally" by Henry Marsh; St. Martin's Press (240 pages, $27.99) ——— When neurosurgeon Henry Marsh's third memoir opens, he has volunteered to take part in a study that requires a scan of his brain. "It seemed a bit of a joke at the time," he writes in "And Finally." ...

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NONFICTION: A vibrant journalistic history assesses the critical value of foreign policy in an age of U.S. isolationism. "The Ghost at the Feast: America and the Collapse of World Order, 1900-1940" by Robert Kagan; Alfred A. Knopf (688 pages, $35) ——— From sea to shining sea. That phrase from "America the Beautiful" encapsulates the United States' two-oceans problem: its relative geographic ...

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