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More book news, Jan. 26, 2013

Compiled by Mary Louise Ruehr, Books Editor Published: January 26, 2013 4:00 AM

BOOK CLUBS

Learned Owl Book Shops Book Club in a Bar: 7 p.m. Jan. 31, Bistro on Main, 1313 W. Main St., Kent Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers, the 1923 debut of Lord Peter Wimsey, the original gentleman sleuth. No registration, no rules; drop-ins welcome to the casual book group. For more information: 330-653-2252.

Randolph Library Cookbook Club: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5, Randolph Town Hall, located next door to the library at 1639 S.R. 44 in Randolph. This months featured chef is Ree Drummond, also known as the Pioneer Woman on her blog and television show. Participants are asked to bring a dish and a copy of the recipe to the meeting. Cookbooks or recipe printouts are available at the Randolph Library. Cookbook Club members will taste and discuss the recipes and vote on next months chef. In addition, members may bring old cookbooks they no longer want for a voluntary cookbook exchange. For more information or to register: 330-325-7003.

Pierce Streetsboro Librarys Book Discussion Club: 3 p.m. Feb. 11, meeting room of the library, 8990 Kirby Lane Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman, a novel taking place in a Cape Cod farmhouse over the course of generations. Light refreshments served courtesy of the Friends of Pierce Streetsboro Library. For more information or to register: 330-626-4458.

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Best-sellers

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

The Associated Press

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan (Tor)

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2. The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer (Grand Central)

3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Crown)

4. Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders (Random House)

5. The Husband List by Janet Evanovich (St. Martins)

6. The Third Bullet by Stephen Hunter (Simon & Schuster)

7. The Racketeer by John Grisham (Doubleday)

8. Collateral Damage by Stuart Woods (Putnam)

9. Kinsey and Me: Stories by Sue Grafton (Putnam/Marian Wood)

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

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

12. The Forgotten by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)

13. Threat Vector by Tom Clancy (Putnam)

14. Mrs. Lincolns Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini (Dutton)

15. The Blood Gospel by James Rollins (William Morrow)

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes by Ian K. Smith (St. Martins Press)

2. Killing Kennedy by Bill OReilly (Henry Holt and Co.)

3. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor (Knopf)

4. Eat More of What You Love by Marlene Koch (Running Press)

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

6. No Easy Day by Mark Owen (Dutton)

7. The Plan by Lyn-Genet Recitas (Grand Central)

8. The End of Diabetes by Joel Fuhrman (HarperOne)

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

10. The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days by J.J. Virgin (Harlequin)

11. Fat Chance by Robert Lustig (Hudson Street Press)

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

13. Going Clear by Lawrence Wright (Knopf)

14. The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies by Jared Diamond (Viking)

15. Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook by Weight Watchers (Wiley)

MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS

1. Odd Interlude by Dean Koontz (Bantam)

2. Return to Sender by Fern Michaels (Zebra)

3. The Columbus Affair: A Novel by Steve Berry (Ballantine)

4. Montana by Debbie Macomber (Harlequin Mira)

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

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

7. 10th Anniversary by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro (Vision)

8. Full House by Janet Evanovich (St. Martins Press)

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

10. Tom Clancys Ghost Recon: Choke Point by Peter Telep (Berkley)

11. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing)

12. After Tex by Sherryl Woods (Harlequin Mira)

13. Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson (Vision)

14. One Shot by Lee Child (Dell)

15. Sea Glass Winter: A Shelter Bay Novel by JoAnn Ross (Signet)

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. Private Number 1 Suspect by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro (Grand Central)

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

6. Home Front by Kristin Hannah (St. Martins Griffin)

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

8. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (Ballantine)

9. Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James (Vintage)

10. Life of Pi by Yann Martel (Mariner Books)

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

12. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing)

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

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

15. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien (Mariner Books)

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST-SELLERS

The Associated Press

FICTION

1. A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson (TorBooks)

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

3. Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers by Dav Pilkey (Scholastic)

4. The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer (Grand Central Publishing)

5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Crown Publishing Group)

6. Tenth of December by George Saunders (Random House)

7. The Husband List by Janet Evanovich, Dorien Kelly (St. Martins Press)

8. The Third Bullet by Stephen Hunter (Simon & Schuster)

9. The Racketeer by John Grisham (Doubleday)

10. The Heroes of Olympus, Book 3: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan (Hyperion Books)

NONFICTION

1. Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes by Ian K. Smith (St. Martins Press)

2. Jesus Calling: Enjoy Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young (Thomas Nelson Publishers)

3. Killing Kennedy by Bill OReilly, Martin Dugard (Henry Holt and Co.)

4. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor (Knopf)

5. Eat More of What You Love by Marlene Koch (Running Press Book Publishers)

6. Killing Lincoln by Bill OReilly, Martin Dugard (Henry Holt & Co.)

7. I Declare by Joel Osteen (Faith Words)

8. StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath (Gallup Press)

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

10. The Plan by Lyn-Genet Recitas (Grand Central Publishing)

FICTION E-BOOKS

1. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services)

2. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing)

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

4. Someone to Love by Addison Moore (Addison Moore)

5. The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer (Grand Central Publishing)

6. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcis, Margaret Stohl (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

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

8. The Forgotten by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)

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

10. Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James (Vintage Books)

NONFICTION E-BOOKS

1. Breaking Night by Liz Murray (Hyperion)

2. Brain Rules by John Medina (Pear Press)

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

4. Going Clear by Lawrence Wright (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)

5. Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes by Ian K. Smith (St. Martins Press)

6. Killing Kennedy by Bill OReilly, Martin Dugard (Henry Holt and Co.)

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

8. Merles Door by Ted Kerasote (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

9. Cry Silent Tears by Joe Peters (Harper Collins)

10. Killing Lincoln by Bill OReilly, Martin Dugard (Henry Holt & Co.)

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

The Associated Press

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

2. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services)

3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Crown)

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

5. The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer (Grand Central Publishing)

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

7. Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James (Vintage)

8. Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James (Vintage)

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

10. Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes by Ian K. Smith (St. Martins Press)

11. A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)

12. The Forgotten by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)

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

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

15. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

16. The Third Bullet by Stephen Hunter (Simon & Schuster)

17. The Racketeer by John Grisham (Doubleday)

18. Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

19. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)

20. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)

21. Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers by Dav Pilkey (Scholastic)

22. Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill OReilly, Martin Dugard (Henry Holt and Co.)

23. Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck, Harriet Parke (Threshold Editions)

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

25. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotemayor (Knopf)

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

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Review: Me Before You will move reader to tears

By Alicia Rancilio, Associated Press

Me Before You (Pamela Dorman Books), by Jojo Moyes

There are books that you cannot put down. There are also books where you become so invested in the characters, you force yourself to stop reading to prolong the experience because you dont want the story to end, and thats what can happen when you read Jojo Moyes latest book, Me Before You.

The novel follows Louisa Clark, a young woman living an ordinary life in a small English town. She lives with her parents and helps support her family by earning a modest living. She has no dreams or aspirations. She didnt attend college and has never traveled. She has a boyfriend who is obsessed with fitness, and shell occasionally watch him exercise to show her devotion to him.

Things begin to change when she takes a job as an aide for a quadriplegic named William Traynor, who was paralyzed in a freak accident. Before the accident, he was a corporate raider who loved adventure, culture and women.

They get off to a rocky start, but warm up as they teach each other about living in a different way. Their story doesnt end there, like a TV movie. There are some very real obstacles in the way, and the book isnt a fairytale.

Moyes writes well-developed characters, and its impossible not to care about them. Youll find yourself laughing, smiling, feeling angry and, yes, crying.

My only suggestion: Me Before You should be sold with a pack of tissues.

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Reader sue Armstrong over drug-use denial in books

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) An aide to former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he was so taken by Lance Armstrongs first memoir of battling back from cancer to win the Tour de France multiple times that he immediately read it cover to cover and recommended it to several friends.

Now he wants his money back and then some.

Rob Stutzman and several others who bought Armstrongs Its Not About The Bike and Every Second Counts have filed a lawsuit in Sacramento federal court. It alleges Armstrong duped them into believing the books were inspirational true accounts of the cyclists accomplishments done without performance-enhancing drugs.

The lawsuit accuses Armstrong and the books publishers of committing fraud, false advertising and other wrongdoing for publishing the cyclists vehement denials that he wasnt a cheat.

Armstrong admitted to cheating throughout his career in a televised interview last week. His lawyer Tim Herman didnt immediately respond to inquiries for comment Thursday.

The lawsuit seeks class-action status on behalf of all readers who felt misled by Armstrongs denials of drug use in Its Not About The Bike, published in 2000, and Every Second Counts, published three years later.

Although Stutzman does not buy or read many books, he found Armstrongs book incredibly compelling and recommended the book to several friends, the lawsuit stated.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday says Stutzman met Armstrong when the cyclist visited with Schwarzenegger.

At that time, Stutzman thanked Defendant Armstrong for writing his book and told him it was very inspiring and that he had recommended it to friends who were fighting cancer, the suit says. In response, Armstrong thanked Stutzman.

At least two authors have faced similar lawsuits when their supposed works of nonfiction were alleged to contain fabrications.

James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces, and his publisher settled a class-action lawsuit in 2006 alleging he made up parts of his best-selling memoir by offering to refund the cost of the book.

In April, a federal judge in Montana tossed out a lawsuit alleging fraud filed against Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson as imprecise, flimsy and speculative.

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Review: Om is where the heart is

By BROOKE LEFFERTS, Associated Press

May I Be Happy: a Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind (Dutton), by Cyndi Lee

Yoga students are often motivated and even inspired by watching teachers twist their strong bodies into pretzeled poses. In her new memoir, May I Be Happy, yoga guru Cyndi Lee may surprise yogis as she pulls back the curtain to share deep-seated insecurities about her body.

Lee has been practicing yoga since 1972 and now leads classes, teacher training sessions and special workshops worldwide. She has written other yoga books, but this time, she gets personal.

Recently, Lee realized it was challenging to preach to students about personal growth when she was stuck herself. Yoga unites body and mind, and while she led meditations and could do a headstand, Lees lifelong negative body image plagued her.

Her self-worth was wrapped up in her appearance, and although she was never what most would consider overweight, she never quite met her own expectations. The book follows her journey to discover the roots of her self-judgment, and the tools to get past it. I didnt know that taking care of myself wasnt the same as actually caring about myself, Lee writes.

She bravely shares intimate details of her life, which draws in readers. Her dancing and choreography experience in the 1980s for stars like Cyndi Lauper put her body under a microscope and in competition with many thin peers.

Lees visits with her mother who suffers from dementia spark memories of when she first became aware of her body and perceived its imperfections.

Since Lee was a teen, feelings of guilt, fear and shame overcame her regularly: I was always getting mad at my body, but my body has been fine. Its my relationship to my body thats hurting me and my mind is the real troublemaker.

Uncomfortable talking about puberty and sex, her mother contributed to Lees issues. Her mothers preoccupation with her own appearance set an example that nagged Lee through adulthood.

Lee consults health experts and spiritual leaders, practices meditation, studies Buddhism and tries positive affirmations. She meets with her friend, actress Jamie Lee Curtis, once famous for her sexy body. Now 54, Curtis body has changed, but she offers Lee advice on acceptance.

She also recognizes that the hormone shifts of menopause affect her emotions and sex drive. Over time, shes able to push out negative thoughts about her body and let in supportive ones. Releasing those thoughts is a challenge and, like yoga, a perpetual practice.

When Lee learns that her husband has betrayed her, she hits her lowest point. Dealing with her failing mother and tenuous marriage instead of returning to old habits, she finally finds the strength to believe shes good enough.

Some of Lees stories include excessive detail and need editing. She often skips around in time, and there are no clear chapters, which can be confusing and interrupts the narratives flow.

But, Lees candor in her healing process will likely resonate with self-help fans. Downward doggers will appreciate her pose descriptions and the window into a teachers thoughts about students during the quiet intensity of a class. For the millions of people especially women who fight the fat talk in their heads, her words will be familiar and comforting.

In talking about her students, Lee says, The honesty and vulnerability of each person touches me deeply.

With this book, Lee has returned the gift.

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Review: Chevaliers latest novel disappoints

By KIM CURTIS, Associated Press

The Last Runaway (Dutton), by Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevaliers Girl With a Pearl Earring, which brought Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer to life, has become a near-classic in contemporary historical fiction. And her latest novel, The Last Runaway, takes on similarly fascinating and little-known subject matter the Quakers role in the Underground Railroad during the mid-1800s.

Heroine Honor Bright leaves England for America, settles in Ohio and becomes intimately involved in the movement helping runaway slaves reach freedom. Sounds great, right? But despite this compelling fictional backdrop, Chevaliers storytelling just doesnt do it justice.

Bright, despite her name, is anything but. Her character is flat and dull and spends much of her time longing for home, harshly judging her new American friends and family and talking about how she really shouldnt be complaining about it. This criticism seems all the more confusing when we learn that Chevalier intended her latest novel as her love letter home. (Shes made her home in England for nearly 30 years.) The rest of the characters are similarly unsympathetic and undeveloped.

And the quilting. Clearly, the discussion of quilting the patterns, the styles, the methods is intended as a motif to carry the reader seamlessly through the story. Instead, it feels obvious, annoying and overdone.

That said, its a quick read as Chevaliers writing is solid and compelling. The Last Runaway remains a page turner as readers are anxiously waiting for something to happen. But when things do happen, the action seems trite and well-trodden.

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