BOOK NOTES: More book news, Jan. 5, 2013

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BOOK CLUBS

• Pierce Streetsboro Library Book Club: 2 p.m. Jan. 14, Streetsboro library meeting room, 8990 Kirby Lane (next to the Streetsboro City Schools Administration Building) -- "Home Front" by Kristin Hannah. Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Friends of Pierce Streetsboro Library. Stop by the library for a copy. To register or for more information: 330-626-4458.

• Your High School Reading List Book Club: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 15, Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St. -- "Riders of the Purple Sage" by Zane Grey. Stop by the Check Out Desk for a copy. No registration necessary. For more information: 330-673-4414.

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Discover The Midwife's Tale at the Learned Owl Book Shop

Saturday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. historian and teacher Sam Thomas will be at the Learned Owl Book Shop (204 N. Main St., Hudson) with his debut novel, "The Midwife's Tale." In this vivid historical mystery, it is 1644, and Parliament's armies have risen against the King and laid siege to the city of York. Even as the city suffers at the rebels' hands, midwife Bridget Hodgson becomes embroiled in a different sort of rebellion. One of Bridget's friends, Esther Cooper, has been convicted of murdering her husband and sentenced to be burnt alive. Convinced that her friend is innocent, Bridget sets out to find the real killer.

Sam Thomas has a Ph.D. in history with a focus on Reformation England and recently leaped from the tenure track into a teaching position at a secondary school near Cleveland.

For more information, contact the Learned Owl Book Shop at 330-653-2252.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. "Wheat Belly Cookbook: 150 Recipes to Help You Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health" by William Davis (Rodale)

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road" by Willie Nelson and Kinky Friedman (William Morrow)

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

MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS

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

2. "10th Anniversary" by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro (Vision)

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

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

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

6. "Locked On" by Tom Clancy (Berkley)

7. "Full House" by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's)

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

9. "Catch Me: A Detective D.D. Warren Novel" by Lisa Gardner (Signet)

10. "Return to Sender" by Fern Michaels (Zebra)

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

12. "Left for Dead: A Novel" by J.A. Jance (Pocket Books)

13. "Killing Floor" by Lee Child (Jove)

14. "After Tex" by Sherryl Woods (Harlequin Mira)

15. "The Lady Most Willing ... A Novel in Three Parts" by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway (Avon)

TRADE PAPERBACKS

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. "Private London" by James Patterson (Grand Central Publishing)

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

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

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

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

12. "Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel" by Sylvia Day (Berkley)

13. "Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel" by Sylvia Day (Berkley)

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

15. "Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo and Norman Denny (Penguin)

Copyright 2013 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. "The Casual Vacancy" by J.K. Rowling (Little, Brown)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. "Wheat Belly Cookbook: 150 Recipes to Help You Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health" by William Davis (Rodale)

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

FICTION E-BOOKS

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

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

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

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

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

6. "Hopeless" by Colleen Hoover (Colleen Hoover)

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

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

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

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

NONFICTION E-BOOKS

1. "Seriously ... I'm Kidding" by Ellen DeGeneres (Grand Central Publishing)

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

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

4. "Let's Pretend This Never Happened" by Jenny Lawson (Penguin Group)

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

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

7. "I Suck at Girls" by Justin Halpern (HarperCollins)

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

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

10. "I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This! And Other Things That Strike Me as Funny" by Bob Newhart (Hyperion)

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

The Associated Press

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13. "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)

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

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

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

17. "Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)

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

19. "Mockingjay" by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)

20. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson (Vintage)

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

22. "The Host" by Stephanie Meyer (Back Bay Books)

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

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

25. "Under the Dome" by Stephen King (Scribner)

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

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Rare Stephen King book for auction in Maine

ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) -- A signed copy of a rare Stephen King book is up for auction at a Maine bookstore, with proceeds going to a nearby homeless shelter's emergency home heating fund.

The copy of "The Regulators," written by horror writer and Maine native King under the pen name Richard Bachman, was donated by a customer of Scottie's Bookhouse in Hancock.

Owner Michael Riggs says there are only 550 copies of the book in a special collector's box.

Auction proceeds will go to the Emmaus Homeless Shelter's emergency fuel fund in Ellsworth.

Emmaus director Sister Lucille MacDonald tells WABI-TV (http://bit.ly/RuFghD ) it's an "ingenious" way to help people struggling to buy heating oil.

The book is on display at Scottie's and bids are being accepted by email, phone and in person until Jan. 31.

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Hilary Mantel wins best-novel Costa Book Award

LONDON (AP) -- British writer and two-time Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel has been named novelist of the year at Britain's Costa Book Awards for "Bring Up the Bodies."

Mantel's achievement Wednesday for her blood-soaked Tudor saga makes her the first author to win both the Costa novel award and Booker Prize in the same year.

The Costa Book Awards carry a 5,000 pound ($8,125) prize and are given in five categories: novel, first novel, biography, poetry and children's book.

Other winners included Scottish poet Kathleen Jamie for "The Overhaul," and Francesca Segal for her first-novel "The Innocents," which is set in a tightly-knit Jewish community in northwest London and modeled on Edith Wharton's "The Age of Innocence."

"Dotter of Her Father's Eyes," written by Mary Talbot and drawn by her husband, Bryan, won the biography category, marking the first time a graphic work has won a Costa award. Severely dyslexic writer and illustrator Sally Gardner won the children's book prize for her fifth novel, "Maggot Moon."

The five winners are now shortlisted for the 25,000 pound grand prize of 2012 Costa Book of the Year which will be announced Jan. 29 in London.

The awards, known until 2006 as the Whitbread Book Awards, were established in 1971 and recognize "outstanding and enjoyable books" by writers based in the U.K. and Ireland.

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Review: Novel draws on jazz legend's music

By Kendal Weaver, Associated Press

"Tiger Rag" (The Dial Press), by Nicholas Christopher

Buddy Bolden is a jazz legend whose powerful, original sound at the turn of the last century was so enthralling that some now call him the first big star of that lively American art form.

But his own star died quickly. Increasingly erratic, even violent, he was institutionalized in Louisiana in 1907 when he was still in his late 20s and before the word "jazz" had even entered the musical lexicon. He died without ever performing in a rocking, smoke-filled club again.

Nicholas Christopher, in his new novel, "Tiger Rag," brings Bolden back to life, full of outsize charm and drive, a virtuoso on his beloved cornet, but quickly losing his mental grip -- and ending at the center of a full-blown mystery.

To this day, no recording of Bolden has been found. Historical accounts indicate at least one session was captured on an Edison cylinder, the clunky recording equipment of the time. And as "Tiger Rag" opens, Christopher recreates that session and sets spinning a moving, page turner of a story that spans a century and a hunt for the lost Bolden cylinder.

It also spans four generations of Dr. Ruby Cardillo's family. A highly regarded 48-year-old anesthesiologist, Ruby is in the midst of an emotional breakdown. Her husband, a wealthy cardiologist, has divorced her to marry his 26-year-old girlfriend -- almost the same age as their daughter, 25-year-old Devon, a troubled jazz pianist and would-be journalist fighting her own demons.

Christopher weaves the narrative by moving back and forth in time and place, from New Orleans in the early 1900s, after "Kid" Bolden burst on the scene and became "King" Bolden, to pre-Christmas 2010, as Ruby and Devon drive from Ruby's coastal Florida villa to the Pierre Hotel in snowy Manhattan.

As the tale of Bolden and the lost recording moves through the decades, right up to 2010, the saga of Ruby's life unfolds as well, turning through some of those same decades with similar notes of hope and despair. These parallel stories, well-syncopated in Christopher's skilled hands, soon begin to merge, at times in fascinating, unexpected ways.

While the book is fiction, its characters include some of the real figures in Bolden's life, including the trombonist, Willie Cornish, devoted to Bolden to the end. There is also the matter of the missing Edison cylinder, which has been called jazz's "Maltese Falcon" or "Holy Grail."

With "Tiger Rag," Christopher has reached into jazz history to produce a novel that enriches the Bolden story and is a suspenseful modern drama about a fractured family as well.

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