More book news, March 15, 2014

Compiled by Mary Louise Ruehr, Books Editor Published:

BOOK SALES

• Friends of Reed Memorial Library Book Sale continues today, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday (Educators’ donation day; exchange books for a monetary donation), 167 E. Main St., Ravenna. Information: 330-296-2827, ext. 104.  

• Friends of Aurora Memorial Library’s Spring Book Sale continues today, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lower level gallery of the library building, 115 E. Pioneer Trail.

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AUTHOR VISITS

• Nathan Hale, author/illustrator of graphic novels, will be at The Learned Owl Bookshop on Tuesday, March 18th, from 4-6 p.m. Hale is the author and illustrator of many exciting graphic novels and picture books for children, including “One Dead Spy” and “Big Bad Ironclad” (the Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales historical series), “Yellowbelly and Plum Go to School,” “The Twelve Bots of Christmas” and “The Devil You Know.” Information: 330-653-2252.

• Rachael Herron, author of “Pack Up the Moon,” will visit The Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 N. Main St. in Hudson, from 1 to 3 p.m. March 22. Information: 330-653-2252.

• Local author Theresa Reed will discuss her recent work of faith-based nonfiction, “A Reason to Be: How Giving the Gift of Life Gave Meaning to My Own,” at 2 p.m. April 6 at Reed Memorial Library, 167 E. Main St., Ravenna. No registration required. Information:  330-296-2827, ext. 200.

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BOOK CLUBS

• The Learned Owl History Book Club: 2 p.m. March 16, Learned Owl Book Shop in Hudson, 330-653-2252. Topic:  the Transcontinental Railroad. Open to everyone. Read any book on the topic and join the group or just come to listen. No registration required. April’s topic will be President James Garfield, and the meeting is set for the last Sunday of the month. Call for recommended titles. 

• Read the Classics Book Club: 7 p.m. March 18, Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St. — “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” by Harriet Jacobs. No registration required. Copies available. Information: 330-673-4414.

• Kid Lit for Grown-Ups: 6:30 p.m. March 20, Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St. — “Counting by 7s” by Holly Goldberg Sloan and “Every Day” by David Levitan. No registration required. Copies available. Information: 330-673-4414.

• Pizza & Pages (a book club for teens in grades six to nine): 6 p.m. March 26, Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St. — “Anya’s Ghost” by Vera Brosgol. Pizza, trivia contests, and a craft based on the book. Register by calling 330-673-4414.

• Mystery Mondays: 7 p.m. March 31, second floor meeting room, Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St. — “The Surgeon” by Tess Gerritsen. Copies available. No registration required. Information: 330-673-4414.

• Adult Book Discussion: 7 to 8 p.m. April 9, Reed Memorial Library, 167 E. Main St., Ravenna - — “SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper” by Howard D. Wasdin. Copies available. Information: 330-296-2827, ext. 200.

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Best-Sellers

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

The Associated Press

Week ending 3/9/14

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. “Words of Radiance” by Brandon Sanderson (Tor)

2. “The Bootlegger” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott (Putnam Adult)

3. “Private L.A.” by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan (Little, Brown)

4. “The Chase” by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (Bantam)

5. “Concealed in Death” by J.D. Robb (Putnam Adult)

6. “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd (Viking Adult)

7. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown)

8. “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham (Doubleday)

9. “Bone Deep” by Randy Wayne White (Putnam Adult)

10. “Killer” by Jonathan Kellerman (Ballantine)

11. “Still Life with Bread Crumbs” by Anna Quindlen (Random House)

12. “The Undead Pool” by Kim Harrison (Harper Voyager)

13. “The Walking Dead” by Robert Kirkman (St. Martin’s/Dunne)

14. “The First Phone Call from Heaven” by Mitch Albom (Harper)

15. “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam)

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. “The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet” by Mark Hyman (Little, Brown)

2. “Uganda Be Kidding Me” by Chelsea Handler (Grand Central Publishing)

3. “The Body Book” by Cameron Diaz (Harper Wave)

4. “Killing Jesus” by Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard (Henry Holt)

5. “Grain Brain” by David Perlmutter (Little, Brown)

6. “Things That Matter” by Charles Krauthammer (Crown Forum)

7. “I Can See Clearly Now” by Wayne W. Dyer (Hay House)

8. “The Future of the Mind” by Michio Kaku (Doubleday)

9. “A Short Guide to a Long Life” by David B. Agus (Simon & Schuster)

10. “David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown)

11. “The Daniel Plan” by Rick Warren (Zondervan)

12. “Duty” by Robert M. Gates (Knopf)

13. “I Am a Church Member” by Thom S. Rainer (B&H)

14. “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg (Knopf)

15. “Super Shred” by Ian K. Smith (St. Martin’s Press)

MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS

1. “Alex Cross, Run” by James Patterson (Vision)

2. “Tell Me” by Lisa Jackson (Zebra)

3. “The Heist” by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (Bantam)

4. “The Hit” by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)

5. “Thankless in Death” by J.D. Robb (Berkley)

6. “North to Alaska” by Debbie Macomber (Mira)

7. “The Chance” by Robyn Carr (Harlequin MIRA)

8. “The Striker” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott (Berkley)

9. “Six Years” by Harlan Coben (Signet)

10. “The Witness” by Nora Roberts (Jove)

11. “Girl Missing” by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine)

12. “Shawn O’Brien, Town Tamer” by William W. Johnstone (Pinnacle)

13. “One Heart to Win” by Johanna Lindsey (Pocket)

14. “Until the End of Time” by Danielle Steel (Dell)

15. “A Man’s Heart” by Debbie Macomber (Mira)

TRADE PAPERBACKS

1. “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup (HarperPerrenial)

2. “Red Lily” by Nora Roberts (Berkley)

3. “Beautiful Day” by Elin Hilderbrand (Back Bay Books)

4. “Second Honeymoon” by James Patterson and Howard Roughan (Grand Central Publishing)

5. “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline (William Morrow Paperbacks)

6. “Don’t Go” by Lisa Scottoline (St. Martin’s Griffin)

7. “The Oh She Glows Cookbook” by Angela Liddon (Avery)

8. “The How Can It Be Gluten Free” by America’s Test Kitchen (American Test Kitchen)

9. “Heaven is for Real” by Todd Burpo (Thomas Nelson)

10. “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell (Back Bay Books)

11. “Four Blood Moons” by John Hagee (Worthy)

12. “Philomena” by Martin Sixsmith (Penguin)

13. “A Week in Winter” by Maeve Binchy (Anchor)

14. “The Monuments Men” by Robert M. Edsel (Back Bay Books)

15. “Winter’s Tale” by Mark Helprin (HMH/Mariner)

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. 

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WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST-SELLERS

The Associated Press

Week Ended Mar. 9

FICTION

1. “Insurgent” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegan Books)

2. “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss (Random House)

3. “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books)

4. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green (Dutton Books)

5. “One Fish Two Fish” by Dr. Seuss (Random House)

6. “Words of Radiance” by Brandon Sanderson (Tor)

7. “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss (Random House)

8. “The Bootlegger” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott (Putnam Adult)

9. “Fox in Socks” by Dr. Seuss (Random House)

10. “Hop on Pop” by Dr. Seuss (Random House)

NONFICTION

1. “The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet” by Mark Hyman (Little, Brown)

2. “Uganda Be Kidding Me” by Chelsea Handler (Grand Central Publishing)

3. “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young (Thomas Nelson)

4. “The Body Book” by Cameron Diaz (Harper Wave)

5. “Killing Jesus: A History” by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard (Henry Holt & Co.)

6. “Grain Brain” by David Perlmutter (Little, Brown)

7. “Oh, Say Can You Say Di-No-Saur” by Bonnie Worth (Random House)

8. “Strengths Finder” by Tom Rath (Gallup)

9. “Minecraft: Essential Handbook” by Scholastic (Scholastic)

10. “Things That Matter” by Charles Krauthammer (Crown forum)

FICTION E-BOOKS

1. “Divergent” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books)

2. “Words of Radiance” by Brandon Sanderson (Tor)

3. “Crashed” by K. Bromberg (JKB Publishing)

4. “Insurgent” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books)

5. “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books)

6. “The Bootlegger” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott (Putnam Adult)

7. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green (Dutton Books)

8. “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam)

9. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown)

10. “The Finisher” by David Baldacci (Scholastic)

NONFICTION E-BOOKS

1. “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup (HarperCollins)

2. “Uganda Be Kidding Me” by Chelsea Handler (Grand Central Publishing)

3. “The Year We Disappeared” by Cylin Busby and John Busby (Bloomsbury)

4. “The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet” by Mark Hyman (Little, Brown)

5. “Oh Myyy! (There Goes the Internet)” by George Takei (George Takei)

6. “The Nazi Officer’s Wife” by Edith Hahn Beer (Harper Collins)

7. “Unbroken” by Lauren Hillenbrand (Random House)

8. “The Monuments Men” by Robert M. Edsel (Center Street)

9. “Killing Jesus: A History” by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard (Macmillan)

10. “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson (Little, Brown)

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

The Associated Press

1. “Divergent” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books)

2. “Words of Radiance” by Brandon Sanderson (Tor)

3. “Insurgent” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books)

4. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green (Dutton’s Children)

5. “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books)

6. “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup (HarperPerrenial)

7. “Crashed” by K. Bromberg (JKB Publishing)

8. “The Bootlegger” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott (Putnam Adult)

9. “Uganda Be Kidding Me” by Chelsea Handler (Grand Central Publishing)

10. “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

11. “The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet” by Mark Hyman (Little, Brown)

12. “The Chance” by Robyn Carr (Harlequin MIRA)

13. “The Finisher” by David Baldacci (Scholastic)

14. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown)

15. “Private L.A.” by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan (Little, Brown)

16. “Alex Cross, Run” by James Patterson (Grand Central Publishing)

17. “Tell Me” by Lisa Jackson (Zebra)

18. “The Chase” by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (Bantam)

19. “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam)

20. “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd (Viking Adult)

21. “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson (Little, Brown)

22. “The Hit” by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)

23. “Concealed in Death” by J.D. Robb (Putnam Adult)

24. “The Heist” by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (Bantam)

25. “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)

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

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. 

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“Bigger Than the Game: Restitching a Major League Life” by Dirk Hayhurst; Citadel ($14.95)

Being a major league baseball player isn’t particularly fun.

Oh, it’s a grand existence if you’re, say, Derek Jeter or David Wright: The money is big, the endorsement opportunities are ceaseless, the fans know your name and worship the ground upon which you step.

Behind the stars, however, are men who jump from team to team and live paycheck to paycheck, just hoping to grab a final roster spot and a fat per diem check.

Men like Dirk Hayhurst.

Not much was remarkable about a pitching career that spanned eight years, and included only a couple of cups of coffee in the majors. Yet, Hayhurst’s story — which he chronicles with both humor and heartache in “Bigger Than the Game” — is worth telling.

—By Jeff Pearlman, Newsday

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“Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War” by Mark Harris; Penguin Press ($29.95)

The Five were the top writing and directing talent of American cinema’s prewar Golden Age: John Ford, Frank Capra, William Wyler, George Stevens and a charger named John Huston, who wowed Tinseltown with his first directorial effort, “The Maltese Falcon” (1941). Capra, the highest paid of the lot, racked up Oscars for such classics as “It Happened One Night” (1934). Ford wasn’t far behind in pay or awards, notching three best director wins between 1936 and 1942. Wyler was a genre all-rounder who helmed everything from low-budget westerns to literary adaptations like “Wuthering Heights” (1939), while Stevens was known for comedies that traded on sass and urban sophistication.

In his new book, “Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and The Second World War,” film historian and Entertainment Weekly columnist Mark Harris chronicles this formidable quintet’s wartime experiences as soldier-filmmakers who strove to bring World War II to the screen. Advancing into middle age, they took pay cuts when they signed up; during the war, they made everything from documentaries to training films to cartoon shorts.

—By Matthew Price, Newsday

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Alameddine, the author of three previous novels and a story collection, splits his time between Beirut and San Francisco. “The Hakawati” (2008), about a man who returns to Beirut to see his dying father, was a contemporary “Arabian Nights,” overflowing with stories and fables. “An Unnecessary Woman,” in contrast, is mostly plotless; what drives it is Aaliya’s insinuating voice, by turns prickly, grandiose, ironic, apologetic and melancholy. Hovering over her monologue are larger existential questions: What does it mean to be alone? Can we find true happiness in books? Do our public accomplishments give our lives value? And what, exactly, is a “necessary” woman?

Neither Aaliya nor the author have definitive answers—but what did you expect? Aaliya, after all, is a reader who despises epiphanies and tidy endings. “I should send out letters to writers, writing programs, and publishers,” she warns. “You’re strangling the life out of literature, sentence by well-constructed sentence, book by bland book.” Playful, brainy and full of zest, “An Unnecessary Woman” is an antidote to literary blandness. Welcome to the sandbox.

—By Tom Beer, Newsday

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“Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade” by Walter Kirn; Liveright ($25.95)

Walter Kirn’s new profile of the serial liar and convicted murderer known as “Clark Rockefeller” is no ordinary work of true crime and literary journalism.

“Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade” is the chronicle of Kirn’s ill-fated friendship with the con man. And it’s surely one of most honest, compelling and strangest books about the relationship between a writer and his subject ever penned by an American scribe.

Kirn is a magazine writer and author of novels such as “Up in the Air” and “Thumbsucker.” But he was an insecure and not especially successful writer when he first met “Clark” in 1998. The faux Rockefeller was a preppy bon vivant who claimed to be estranged from his famous family. A mutual friend asked Kirn to do Clark a favor — deliver a semi-paralyzed dog from Montana, where Kirn was living, to Clark’s home in Manhattan.

Unbeknown to Kirn, “Clark Rockefeller” was the latest in a series of identities adopted by the German immigrant Christian Gerhartsreiter. As Clark, Gerhartsreiter hid his Bavarian roots behind a genteel, patrician accent and stories of his jet-setting lifestyle. Kirn, a son of working-class Midwesterners, was smitten. Like many an ambitious writer, he thought the charismatic and odd Clark might make a good character for a magazine article or even a novel.

“A writer is someone who tells you one thing so someday he can tell his readers another thing,” Kirn writes. “A writer turns his life into material, and if you’re in his life, he uses yours too.”

—By Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times

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“The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel” by Benjamin Black; Henry Holt ($27)

Raymond Chandler is among our most stylized writers, an innovator of what we might call high noir, with its cut-glass imagery, its cynical world-weariness (although never ennui). Such a posture defines him — or, more accurately, his detective, Philip Marlowe — as a wise-cracker with repartee as sharp as a fedora’s brim.

And yet, the more I read (and re-read) Chandler, the more I appreciate his vision of Los Angeles, the “big angry city” he described as “no worse than others, a city rich and vigorous and full of pride, a city lost and beaten and full of emptiness” in his 1953 novel “The Long Goodbye.”

This issue of place, it turns out, is one of the challenges faced by Benjamin Black’s “The Black-Eyed Blonde,” a new Marlowe book written under the auspices of Chandler’s estate. Black is the pseudonym of Man Booker-winning author John Banville, who since 2007 has published a series of crime novels that take place in Dublin, where he lives. As he admits in the acknowledgments, Southern California is a less familiar territory, and one it appears he had no particular inclination to learn.

—By David Ulin, Los Angeles Times

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“After I’m Gone” by Laura Lippman; William Morrow ($26.99)

When the center of your universe — husband, father, lover, the sun around which your whole life revolves — suddenly blinks into darkness, how do you re-order your life?

That’s the task of the characters surrounding the murder and disappearance at the heart of Laura Lippman’s “After I’m Gone.”

“Almost every writer I know dreads the moment when someone tries to give you an idea,” Lippman writes in her author’s note. But when the guy making the suggestion, David Simon, was a writer and producer for HBO’s “Homicide: Life on the Street” and creator of “The Wire” — and your husband — I guess you don’t just nod politely.

Lippman used his suggestion of writing about a real-life Baltimore club owner who chose to vanish in the face of a 15-year prison sentence as a jumping-off point, focusing instead on the women he left behind.

—Cindy Bagwell, The Dallas Morning News

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“Gemini” by Carol Cassella; Simon & Schuster ($25.99)

“Gemini” suffers from “what genre am I?” syndrome. It’s partly a mystery, with a Jane Doe patient brought in to a Seattle hospital after a serious accident on the rural Olympic Peninsula. Although the mystery of Jane’s identity will be solved for even the most haphazard reader within 50 pages or so, we’re still left to wonder how this woman ended up critically injured by the side of the road. Was she hit by a car that fled the scene? Was it attempted murder?

The book is also part medical-ethics drama: Jane remains unconscious and unidentified as her condition worsens, so who should make the possibly end-of-life decisions that must be addressed? Finally, it’s part relationship saga, as we learn about both Raney and Bo, a couple whose fraught relationship begins in childhood, and Dr. Charlotte Reese (Jane’s primary caretaker) and her science-journalist boyfriend.

If you don’t set your sights too high, “Gemini” is an enjoyable read. But if you want Cassella at her best, go back to “Oxygen.” We’ll hope for a return to that quality with Cassella’s next offering.

—By Joy Tipping, The Dallas Morning News

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