More book news, March 23, 2013

By Mary Louise Ruehr Published:

BOOK CLUBS

• Mystery Mondays: 7 p.m. March 25, Kent Free Library -- "The Last Victim" by Karen Robards. Last Monday of each month. No registration required. Information: 330-673-4414 or kflinfo@kentfreelibrary.org.

• Hear Here! Audio Book Group: 7 p.m. March 26, Kent Free Library -- Contact the Information Desk for March's selection, 330-673-4414. Fourth Tuesday of each month. No registration required. Information: 330-673-4414 or kflinfo@kentfreelibrary.org.

• Aurora Cooks: Special meeting on Civil War Meals from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 26, Aurora Memorial Library, 115 East Pioneer Trail. In partnership with the Aurora Historical Society, this meeting will feature recipes that were popular during this period of time in American history. Participants are asked to share a recipe with the group. Visit the library to find a recipe. Call 330-562-6502 for more information.

• Learned Owl Book Shop's Book Club in a Bar: 7 p.m. March 28, Bacchus Lounge, 4895 State Road, Peninsula -- "A Good American" by Alex George. The story of the Meisenheimer family is told by James, a third-generation American living in Missouri. Casual group welcomes drop-ins. Information: 330-653-2252.

• Monday Morning Book Group: 11 a.m. April 1, Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St. -- "The Necklace" by Cheryl Jarvis. B.Y.O.C. (Bring Your Own Cup) for free coffee and discussion. Meets on the first Monday of each month. No registration required. Copies available at the Check Out Desk. Information: 330-673-4414 or kflinfo@kentfreelibrary.org.

• Page to Screen Book Club: 7 p.m. April 3, Kent Free Library -- "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee and the 1962 movie of the same name, starring Gregory Peck. Read the book and watch the movie, then discuss their differences and share opinions. Meets on the first Wednesday of each month. No registration required. Copies available at the Check Out Desk. Information: 330-673-4414 or kflinfo@kentfreelibrary.org.

• KFL Cookbook Club: 6 p.m. April 15 at 6 p.m. -- Vegetarian. Check out a vegetarian cookbook, pick a recipe, make a batch to share with the group, and discuss experience in the kitchen. Meets on the third Monday of each month. No registration required, but call the Information Desk at 330-673-4414 to register or for help locating a cookbook.

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BOOK SALES

• Aurora Memorial Library, 115 E. Pioneer Trail, 330-562-6502. Friends of Aurora Memorial Library sale: 3 to 6 p.m. March 21 for members only; open to public 9 to 6 p.m. March 22, 9 to 2 p.m. March 23.

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Best-Sellers

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

The Associated Press

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. "Alex Cross, Run" by James Patterson (Little, Brown)

2. "The Storyteller" by Jodi Picoult (Atrai/Emily Bestler Books)

3. "The Striker" by Cussler/Scott (Putnam)

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

5. "A Week in Winter" by Maeve Binchy (Knopf)

6. "Calculated in Death" by J.D. Robb (Putnam Adult)

7. "Breaking Point" by C.J. Box (Putnam)

8. "The Chance" by Karen Kingsbury (Howard Books)

9. "A Story of God and All of Us" by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett (FaithWords)

10. "Bloodfire Quest" by Terry Brooks (Del Ray)

11. "Damascus Countdown" by Joel C. Rosenberg (Tyndale)

12. "Frost Burned" by Patricia Briggs (Ace Books)

13. "Until the End of Time" by Danielle Steel (Delacorte)

14. "The Dinner" by Herman Koch (Hogarth)

15. "A Memory of Light" by Jordan/Sanderson (Tor Books)

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg (Knopf)

2. "Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World" by Phil McGraw (Bird Street Books)

3. "Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes" by Ian K. Smith (St. Martin's Press)

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

5. "Sum It Up" by Pat Summitt (Crown Archetype)

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

7. "The FastDiet" by Michael Mosley (Atria)

8. "The Soundtrack of My Life" by Clive Davis and Anthony DeCurtis (Simon & Schuster)

9. "The Blood Sugar Solution: The UntraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now..." by Mark Hyman (Little, Brown)

10. "Until I Say Good-Bye" by Susan Spencer-Wendel (Harper)

11. "The Hormone Cure" by Sara Gottfried (Scribner)

12. "Heaven Is Real but So Is Hell" by Vassula Ryden (Alexian)

13. "The Duck Commander Family" by Willie Robertson (Howard Books)

14. "Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us" by Michael Moss (Random House)

15. "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" by Rob Bell (HarperOne)

MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS

1. "The Innocent" by David Baldacci (Vision)

2. "You Don't Want to Know" by Lisa Jackson (Zebra)

3. "The Thief" by Clive Cussler (Berkley)

4. "American Sniper" by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice (Harper)

5. "Defending Jacob: A Novel" by William Landay (Dell)

6. "Return to Willow Lake" by Susan Wiggs (Mira)

7. "Heart of Texas Volume 1" by Debbie Macomber (Mira)

8. "The Third Gate" by Lincoln Child (Anchor)

9. "Stay Close" by Harlan Coben (Signet)

10. "Playing for Keeps: Opposites Attract\Partners" by Nora Roberts (Silhouette)

11. "Perfect Timing: A Harrigan Family Novel" by Catherine Anderson (Signet)

12. "Betrayal" by Danielle Steel (Dell)

13. "Whispering Rock" by Robyn Carr (Mira)

14. "Support Your Local Deputy" by William W. Johnstone (Pinnacle)

15. " The Wind Through the Keyhole" by Stephen King (Pocket Books)

TRADE PAPERBACKS

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

2. "11th Hour" by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Grand Central Publishing)

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

4. "America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great" by Ben Carson M.D. and Candy Carson (Zondervan)

5. "Quiet" by Susan Cain (Broadway Books)

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

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

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

9. "Spring Fever" by Mary Kay Andrews (St. Martin's Griffin)

10. "The Silver Linings Playbook" by Matthew Quick (Sarah Crichton Books)

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

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

13. "The Host (movie tie-in)" by Stephenie Meyer (Back Bay Books)

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

15. "Wool" by Hugh Howey (Simon & Schuster)

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST-SELLERS

The Associated Press

FICTION

1. "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss (Random House Children's Books)

2. "Alex Cross, Run" by James Patterson (Little, Brown)

3. "The Storyteller" by Jodi Picoult (Atrai/Emily Bestler Books)

4. "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish" by Dr. Seuss (Random House Children's Books)

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

6. "The Striker" by Clive Cussler, Justin Scott (Putnam)

7. "The Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Seuss (Random House Children's Books)

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

9. "A Week in Winter" by Maeve Binchy (Knopf)

10. "Hop on Pop" by Dr. Seuss (Random House Children's Books)

NONFICTION

1. "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg (Knopf)

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

3. "Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World" by Phil McGraw (Bird Street Books)

4. "StrengthsFinder 2.0" by Tom Rath (Gallup Press)

5. "The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book" by Jeff Kinney (Abrams)

6. "Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes" by Ian K. Smith (St. Martin's Press)

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

8. "Sum It Up" by Pat Summitt with Sally Jenkins (Crown Archetype)

9. "Wheat Belly" by William Davis (Rodale Press)

10. "I Declare" by Joel Osteen (FaithWorks)

FICTION E-BOOKS

1. "Wait for You" by J. Lynn (J. Lynn)

2. "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis (HarperCollins)

3. "Alex Cross, Run" by James Patterson (Little, Brown)

4. "Three Sisters" by Susan Mallery (Harlequin)

5. "Mirror Image" by Sandra Brown (Grand Central Publishing)

6. "The Magician's Nephew" by C.S. Lewis (HarperCollins)

7. "The Storyteller" by Jodi Picoult (Atrai/Emily Bestler Books)

8. "Prince Caspian" by C.S. Lewis (HarperCollins)

9. "The Horse and His Boy" by C.S. Lewis (HarperCollins)

10. "The Silver Chair" by C.S. Lewis (HarperCollins)

NONFICTION E-BOOKS

1. "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)

2. "The Blood Sugar Solution" by Mark Hyman (Little, Brown)

3. "We Were Soldiers Once...and Young" by Harold G. Moore, Joseph L. Galloway (Open Road)

4. "Until I Say Good-Bye" by Susan Spencer-Wendel with Bret Witter (HarperCollins)

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

6. "Drinking and Tweeting: And Other Brandi Blunders" by Brandi Glanville and Leslie Bruce (Gallery Books)

7. "The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook" by Mark Hyman (Little, Brown)

8. "American Sniper" by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice (Harper)

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

10. "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz (Amber-Allen Publishing)

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

The Associated Press

1. "Lean In" by Sheryle Sandberg (Knopf)

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

3. "Alex Cross, Run" by James Patterson (Little, Brown)

4. "The Storyteller" by Jodi Picoult (Atrai/Emily Bestler Books)

5. "Three Sisters" by Susan Mallery (MIRA)

6. "Wait for You" by J. Jynn (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services)

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

8. "The Host" by Stephenie Meyer (Back Bay Books)

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

10. "American Sniper" by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice (Harper)

11. "A Week in Winter" by Maeve Binchy (Knopf)

12. "Mirror Image" by Sandra Brown (Grand Central Publishing)

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

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

15. "Never Too Far" by Abbi Glines (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services)

16. "The Silver Linings Playbook" by Matthew Quick (Sarah Crichton Books)

17. "The Innocent" by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)

18. "Calculated in Death" by J.D. Robb (Putnam Adult)

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

20. "The Striker" by Clive Cussler, Justin Scott (Putnam Adult)

21. "Breaking Point" by C.J. Box (Putnam Adult)

22. "Defending Jacob" by William Landay (Dell)

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

24. "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green (Dutton Children's)

25. "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young (Thomas Nelson)

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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Giada de Laurentiis to serve up children's series

NEW YORK (AP) -- Celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis is serving up a few stories for kids.

She has signed with Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), for a children's book series called "Recipe for Adventure." The publisher announced Thursday that the first book comes out Sept. 3. Designed for ages 7 to 10, the series will feature siblings Alfie and Emilia as they travel to great food cities around the world.

De Laurentiis, 42, hosts "Giada at Home" on the Food Network and appears frequently on NBC's "Today" show. Her previous books include the best-sellers "Giada at Home" and "Weeknights With Giada."

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Goblin-proof chicken book wins odd-title prize

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) -- A supernaturally tinged barnyard manual has won Britain's quirkiest literary award, the Diagram Prize for year's oddest book title.

"Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop" by Reginald Bakeley was awarded the prize Friday by trade magazine The Bookseller.

The book took 38 percent of the votes in a public ballot, beating finalists including "How Tea Cosies Changed the World," ''Was Hitler Ill?" and "God's Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis."

"Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop" is subtitled "and other practical advice in our campaign against the fairy kingdom." It is described by its Massachusetts-based publisher, Conari Press, as "the essential primer for banishing the dark fairy creatures that are lurking in the dark corners and crevices of your life."

Diagram Prize overseer Horace Bent said it was no coincidence "in these austere times that a book aimed to assist members of the public frugally farming their own produce proved the most popular title."

The book's editor, Clint Marsh, said he and the author were honored to receive a prize that "celebrates the playfulness that is at the heart of much of the world's best book publishing."

"Reginald and I take this as a clear sign that people have had enough of goblins in their chicken coops," he said. "Our campaign against the fairy kingdom continues."

The prize was founded in 1978. Its rules say the books must be serious and their titles not merely a gimmick.

Previous winners of the quirky prize include "Bombproof Your Horse," ''Living With Crazy Buttocks" and "Managing a Dental Practice: The Genghis Khan Way."

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Book industry getting greener, study says

NEW YORK (AP) -- Thanks to conservation efforts and the rise of e-books, the publishing industry is creating a leaner and cleaner paper trail.

According to a new report by two environmental groups -- the Book Industry Environmental Council and Green Press Initiative -- paper suppliers use around 25 percent recycled fiber for book materials, compared with an estimated 5 percent in 2004.

Industry greenhouse gas emissions have dropped from around 12 million metric tons to 9 million between 2006 and 2010. And paper usage overall fell from 1.6 million tons in 2006 to just over 1 million in 2011, requiring some 5 million fewer trees.

Todd Pollak, the Green Press Initiative's program manager, said Thursday that slow economic times may also have reduced paper consumption.

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Condoleezza Rice book to be published in 2015

NEW YORK (AP) -- Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is working on a book about democracy.

Henry Holt and Company announced Tuesday that the book, currently untitled, will be published in 2015. The 58-year-old Rice has previously written or co-written a handful of policy books, along with memoirs about her family and her years in the George W. Bush administration.

Rice served as national security adviser during Bush's first term and secretary of state during his second term. She is currently a professor of political economy and political science at Stanford University, where she has taught off and on since the early 1980s.

In her new book, Rice will draw on personal and professional experiences to address such issues as self-government, immigration and education.

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Book of short stories wins PEN/Faulkner prize

NEW YORK (AP) -- A collection of short stories set along the border between Texas and Mexico has won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

The directors of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation announced Tuesday that author Benjamin Alire Saenz will receive $15,000 for "Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club." ''Everything Begins" was published by Cincos Puntos Press, based in El Paso, Texas, where some of Saenz's stories take place.

Earlier this year, the American Library Association cited Saenz's "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" as the best young adult novel about the Latino cultural experience and the best book about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender experience.

Previous winners of the PEN/Faulkner award include Philip Roth, E.L. Doctorow and John Updike.

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English edition of book by Pope Francis out in May

NEW YORK (AP) -- An English-language edition of a 2010 book co-authored by Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, will be published in May.

Image Books, a "Catholic-interest" imprint of Random House Inc., announced Tuesday that "On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family and the Church in the 21st Century" will come out May 7. The book was co-written by Rabbi Abraham Skorka, Rector of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

According to Image Books, "On Heaven and Earth" includes discussions between the two religious leaders on everything from atheism and euthanasia to abortion and globalization. A Spanish-language edition was released in Latin America and Spain in 2010 by Random House Mondadori. Vintage Espanol, also a Random House imprint, will publish the Spanish edition in North America.

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Review: 'The Leviathan Effect' disappoints

By JEFF AYERS, Associated Press

"The Leviathan Effect" (Soho), by James Lilliefors

James Lilliefors ponders weather manipulation and its potential use as a weapon in his new thriller, "The Leviathan Effect."

Homeland Security Secretary Catherine Blaine receives a frightening email from a person named Janus warning her that three recent "natural disasters" -- a tsunami, a hurricane and an earthquake -- were manufactured. The email says that unless Blaine agrees to a series of demands, the next catastrophic event will hit the United States -- and devastate the country.

As she works with the president and his Cabinet to neutralize the threat, a storm begins to brew off the East Coast.

Lilliefors sells the idea of weather manipulation as a realistic concept, but the rest of the novel suffers from a lack of interesting characters. If you don't care what happens to the people involved, why worry about whether they're going to be able to avert disaster? A subplot involving the murder of several scientists feels like an afterthought. And the ambiguous ending doesn't help much either.

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