BOOK NOTES: More book news, Dec. 29, 2012

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Book Clubs

• Monday Morning Book Club: 11 a.m. Jan. 7, Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St. -- "The Kitchen House" by Kathleen Grissom. Bring your own mug for free coffee. Books are available at the check-out desk. No registration is required. For more information: 330-673-4414 or kflinfo@kentfreelibrary.org.

• Adult Book Discussion: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9, Reed Memorial Library, 167 E. Main St., Ravenna -- "Growing Up Laughing: My Story" by Marlo Thomas. Refreshments will be provided. For more information: 330-296-2827, ext 200.

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From a press release:

Sarahbeth Caplin at the Learned Owl Book Shop

Hudson resident Sarahbeth Caplin will signing and answer questions about her new book, "Someone You Already Know," at 1 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Learned Owl Book Shop (204 N. Main St., Hudson). The book is a raw, emotional book that explores the impact of rape culture on modern society. Told in alternating perspectives from two survivors, it unpacks the common myths of sexual assault, revealing important truths that every woman needs to know. For more information, contact the Learned Owl Book Shop at 330-653-2252.

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From Shelf Awareness:

New Titles Out December 4:

Open Heart by Elie Wiesel, translated by Marion Wiesel

Nano by Robin Cook

Raised from the Ground by Jose Saramago, translated by Margaret Jull Costa

Threat Vector by Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney

Selected Letters of William Styron by William Styron, edited by Rose Styron and R. Blakeslee Gilpin

38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier's End by Scott W. Berg

The Ralph Steadman Book of Cats by Ralph Steadman

Shiver by Karen Robards

New titles out December 10 and 11:

I Funny: A Middle School Story by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, illustrated by Laura Park

Two Graves by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

New Titles Out December 25:

Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing Your Goals and Resolutions by John C. Norcross, Kristin Loberg and Jonathon Norcross

What Management Is: How It Works and Why It's Everyone's Business by Joan Magretta and Nan Stone

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Best-sellers

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

The Associated Press

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. "The Racketeer" by John Grisham (Doubleday)

2. "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn (Crown)

3. "Threat Vector" by Tom Clancy (Putnam)

4. "The Casual Vacancy" by J.K. Rowling (Little, Brown)

5. "Merry Christmas, Alex Cross" by James Patterson (Little, Brown)

6. "Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel" by Janet Evanovich (Bantam)

7. "The Forgotten" by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)

8. "The Time Keeper" by Mitch Albom (Hyperion)

9. "Cross Roads" by Wm. Paul Young (Faith/Words)

10. "The Last Man: A Novel" by Vince Flynn (Atria/Emily Bestler Books)

11. "The Black Box" by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)

12. "Agenda 21" by Glenn Beck and Harriet Parke (Threshold Editions)

13. "Flight Behavior" by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper)

14. "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" by Ayana Mathis (Knopf)

15. "Winter of the World" by Ken Follett (Dutton)

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. "Killing Kennedy" by Bill O'Reilly (Henry Holt and Co.)

2. "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" by Jon Meacham (Random House)

3. "Guinness World Records 2013" by Guinness World Records (Guinness World Records)

4. "Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust" by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter)

5. "No Easy Day" by Mark Owen (Dutton)

6. "America Again" by Stephen Colbert (Grand Central Publishing)

7. "Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers" (Faith/Words)

8. "The Signal and the Noise" by Nate Silver (Penguin)

9. "I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak" by Joel Osteen (Faith/Words)

10. "Ripley's Believe It of Not!" by Geoff Tibballs (Ripley Publishing)

11. "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook" by Deb Perelman (Knopf)

12. "Waging Heavy Peace" by Neil Young (Blue Rider Press)

13. "Fifty Shades of Chicken" by F.L. Fowler (Clarkson Potter)

14. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (Daniel Falconer)

15. "Bruce" by Peter Ames Carlin (Touchstone Books)

MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS

1. "Safe Haven" by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central)

2. "Big Sky River" by Linda Lael Miller (Harlequin HQN)

3. "10th Anniversary" by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro (Vision)

4. "Kill Alex Cross" by James Patterson (Vision)

5. "Locked On" by Janet Evanovich (Bantam)

6. "Jack Reacher: One Shot: A Novel" by Lee Child (Dell)

7. "Wicked Business: A Lizzy and Diesel Novel" by Janet Evanovich (Bantam)

8. "Montana" by Debbie Macomber (Harlequin Mira)

9. "Unnatural Acts" by Stuart Woods (Signet)

10. "V Is for Vengeance" by Sue Grafton (Berkley)

11. "Fall of Giants" by Ken Follett (Signet)

12. "Unspoken" by Lisa Jackson (Zebra)

13. "The Litigators" by John Grisham (Dell)

14. "The Sins of the Father" by Jeffrey Archer (St. Martin's)

15. "Hotel Vendome" by Danielle Steel (Dell)

TRADE PAPERBACKS

1. "Proof of Heaven" by Eben Alexander (Simon & Schuster)

2. "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James (Vintage)

3. "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster)

4. "Fifty Shades Darker" by E.L. James (Vintage)

5. "Fifty Shades Freed" by E.L. James (Vintage)

6. "How to Tell if Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You" by The Oatmeal/Matthew Inman (Andrews McMeel)

7. "The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again" by J.R.R. Tolkien (Mariner Books)

8. "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel (Mariner Books)

9. "Private London" by James Patterson (Grand Central)

10. "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain (Ballantine)

11. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky (MTV Books)

12. "World Almanac and Book of Facts 2013" by World Almanac (World Almanac)

13. "Safe Haven" by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central)

14. "To Heaven and Back" by Mary C. Neal (WaterBrook Press)

15. "The Chew" by Peter Kaminsky (Hyperion)

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST-SELLERS

The Associated Press

FICTION

1. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel" by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books)

2. "The Racketeer" by John Grisham (Doubleday)

3. "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn (Crown Publishing Group)

4. "Threat Vector" by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney (Putnam)

5. "I Funny" by James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein (Little, Brown)

6. "The Casual Vacancy" by J.K. Rowling (Little, Brown)

7. "Merry Christmas, Alex Cross" by James Patterson (Little, Brown)

8. "Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel" by Janet Evanovich (Bantam)

9. "Heroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena" by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion)

10. "The Forgotten" by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)

NONFICTION

1. "Killing Kennedy" by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard (Henry Holt & Co.)

2. "Killing Lincoln" by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard (Henry Holt & Co.)

3. "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" by Jon Meacham (Random House)

4. "Guinness World Records 2013" by Guinness Book Records (Guinness Book Records)

5. "Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust" by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter)

6. "No Easy Day" by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer (Dutton Books)

7. "America Again" by Stephen Colbert (Grand Central Publishing)

8. "Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence" by Sarah Young (Integrity Publishers)

9. "The Elf on the Shelf" by Carol V. Aebersold, Chanda A. Bell (CCA&B)

10. "The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself" by Jeff Kinney (Amulet)

FICTION E-BOOKS

1. "The Hobbit" by J.R.R Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

2. "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn (Crown Publishing Group)

3. "The Forgotten" by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)

4. "The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden" by Jessica Sorensen (Jessica Sorensen)

5. "Safe Haven" by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing)

6. "Merry Christmas, Alex Cross" by James Patterson (Little, Brown)

7. "Fallen Too Far" by Abbi Glines (Abbi Glines)

8. "The Racketeer" by John Grisham (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)

9. "11/22/63" by Stephen King (Gallery Books)

10. "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James (Vintage Books)

NONFICTION E-BOOKS

1. "Proof of Heaven" by Eben Alexander (Simon & Schuster)

2. "The End of the Line" by Glenn Thrush, Jonathan Martin (Random House)

3. "Killing Kennedy" by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard (Henry Holt & Co.)

4. "Always Looking Up" by Michael J. Fox (Hyperion)

5. "Outlaw Platoon" by Sean Parnell with John Bruning (Harper Collins)

6. "No Easy Day" by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer (Penguin Group)

7. "Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever" by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard (Henry Holt and Co.)

8. "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster)

9. "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" by Jon Meacham (Random House)

10. "Behind the Beautiful Forevers" by Katherine Boo (Random House)

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

The Associated Press

1. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel" by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books)

2. "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

3. "Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot" by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard (Henry Holt and Co.)

4. "Safe Haven" by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing)

5. "Proof of Heaven" by Eben Alexander (Simon & Schuster)

6. "The Racketeer" by John Grisham (Doubleday)

7. "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James (Vintage)

8. "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn (Crown)

9. "Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever" by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard (Henry Holt and Co.)

10. "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" by Jon Meacham (Random House)

11. "No Easy Day" by Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer (Dutton)

12. "Threat Vector" by Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney (Putnam Adult)

13. "Merry Christmas, Alex Cross" by James Patterson (Little, Brown)

14. "The Forgotten" by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)

15. "Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel" by Janet Evanovich (Bantam)

16. "The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition" by Carol V. Aebersold, Chanda B. Bell (CCA and B)

17. "Guinness World Records 2013" by Guinness World Records (Guinness World Records)

18. "Heroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena" by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion)

19. "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster)

20. "Cross Roads" by Wm. Paul Young (Faith Words)

21. "Fifty Shades Freed" by E.L. James (Vintage)

22. "Fifty Shades Darker" by E.L. James (Vintage)

23. "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

24. "Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust" by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter)

25. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky (MTV)

For the extended, interactive and searchable version of this list, visit http://books.usatoday.com/list/index

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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Survey finds increase in e-reading, drop in paper

NEW YORK (AP) -- The tastes of the reading public are turning digital.

A Pew Internet Research Center survey released Thursday found that the percentage of Americans aged 16 and older who read an e-book grew from 16 percent in 2011 to 23 percent this year. Readers of traditional books dropped from 72 percent to 67 percent. Overall, those reading books of any kind dropped from 78 percent to 75 percent, a shift Pew called statistically insignificant.

Those owning an e-book device or tablet jumped from 18 percent to 33 percent, with much of that increase coming from last year's holiday season, when millions received Kindles, Nooks and other e-readers as gifts.

Awareness that libraries offer digital texts grew from 24 percent to 31 percent.

The telephone survey of 2,252 people aged 16 and older was conducted from Oct. 15 to Nov. 10. It has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.

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Drive begins to honor victims by reading and donating books

Scripps Howard News Service

By BILL SCHACKNER,

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Of all the heartbreaking images from Friday's massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, one in particular gripped Alice Del Vecchio, an assistant professor at Slippery Rock University in Pittsburgh.

It was that of a grieving father, telling an interviewer how his deceased 6-year-old daughter had only recently learned to read but already was sharing stories with her younger siblings. That's when the idea hit her.

In the coming weeks, Del Vecchio -- with help from what she hopes will be a legion of volunteers -- is encouraging people across the nation to buy a children's book, read it to their child and then donate it to a school, a library or other child-serving organization where they live.

"What better way to celebrate young readers who were killed than to give the gift of reading to others," said Del Vecchio, 59, who directs a program at Slippery Rock for students planning on careers in nonprofit management and community service.

"That's what first-graders do," she said. "They learn to read."

Del Vecchio said that like many others, she wanted to do something following the deaths of 20 first-graders and six employees inside Sandy Hook Elementary School.

She decided that a book drive would be one small way to pay tribute.

Although the idea is only a couple days old, the "We Can Read" project has begun to attract interest as word spreads online among campuses and organizations involved in training community service professionals. A number of Slippery Rock students have pledged to participate, Del Vecchio said, and she has heard from faculty at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo., the University of San Diego and the University of Central Florida.

Some planning to attend this year's gathering of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance on Jan. 2-5 in Atlanta are expected to bring books that will be donated in that community, said Michael Cruz, president of the national alliance that is headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. and prepares students to work in the nonprofit sector.

At Slippery Rock, where students are on winter break, a handful of books have trickled in since emails went out on campus. That's fine, said Del Vecchio, but rather than create a campus warehouse of books she hopes individuals will sign on to coordinate similar "We Can Read" drives in their own communities and deliver the books to places there.

Those interested in participating are asked to send an email to srustudentnonprofitalliance@gmail.com and then follow up with how many books were collected and their destination, so a Valentine's Day letter can be sent to Sandy Hook with the drive's results, Del Vecchio said.

"Even if you've never been a parent or a teacher, you learned how to read," she said. "You remember sitting on somebody's lap and feeling safe. And then the first time you could read the story all by yourself, remember how excited you were."

Since Slippery Rock's winter break runs until Jan. 28, books are being accepted through Dec. 24 and then again from Jan. 28 through Feb. 3, the university said. Del Vecchio said sending the letter for Valentine's Day is important.

"Everybody is thinking about Newtown now," she said. "But in two months the people there might need to know people still remember."

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Review: Dick Wolf's 'The Intercept' is compelling

By JEFF AYERS, Associated Press

"The Intercept" (William Morrow), by Dick Wolf.

Dick Wolf, creator of the popular TV series "Law & Order," has jumped into the literary world with "The Intercept."

Wolf makes it look like he's been writing novels his entire life. The tight prose, great characters and the intense twists are all signs of a master at work.

Flight 903 inbound to Newark makes history when a flight attendant and five other passengers thwart an attempted hijacking. The plane lands, the hijacker is taken into custody, and the rescuers become instant media celebrities. The job of uncovering the hijacker's motives falls to Jeremy Fisk, an NYPD police detective assigned to the Intelligence Division of the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Investigating with his partner, they uncover evidence that the hijacker was meant to fail.

While his partner tries to protect the heroes of the flight on their whirlwind tour of various media outlets, Jeremy tries to track down the real mastermind.

Wolf examines the obsession Americans have with instant celebrity and how that fame can both boost and hinder a person's life. And like a fly on the wall, he puts the reader directly into the minds of the police who work to keep citizens safe.

Readers will be clamoring for more adventures with Jeremy Fisk.

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Book review: Couple offers 'Family Inc.' advice

By MICHELLE WIENER, Associated Press

"Family Inc." (Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin), by Caitlin and Andrew Friedman

In "Family Inc.," Caitlin and Andrew Friedman, professionals who have been married for over 10 years and are the parents of two children, argue that taking the office home with you will benefit your family life.

Applying various office management strategies to the home, such as holding weekly agenda meetings for both short- and long-term goals, delegating responsibility and creating plans for dealing with unexpected hardships, will create a more harmonious family life, not only without sacrificing the tender and loving domestic relationships, but also enhancing them, primarily by reducing the amount of stress inherent in a chaotic household.

While the Friedmans offer several useful tips on organizing multiple schedules and streamlining household tasks, and their love of making lists speaks to my own, it is worth pointing out that their audience appears to be similar to themselves and the other couples providing anecdotal evidence to support each chapter: a dual-income family with an enviable level of financial stability, regardless of economic obstacles faced in the past.

It's not that their advice is therefore suspect, but including a broader swath of working families, particularly those who may not have the ready income or resources available to contract regular in-home child care or housecleaning, might have lent more substance to their arguments.

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