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Bill Cleans Out His First-Edition Closet
November 08, 2014

by Next spring marks thirty years of interviewing authors. I’ve done over 10,000 author interviews over that time, and I’ve collected a few signed books along the way. But now I find that it’s time to begin paring the collection down jus

Janine Turner “A Little Bit Vulnerable”
October 02, 2014

by She feels, she says, “a little bit vulnerable.” For the first time, actress Janine Turner opens up about her private life in a book she calls “A Little Bit Vulnerable.” In what her publisher calls a “breathtaking sweep of

Todd Brewster “Lincoln’s Gamble”
September 08, 2014

by American history books often compress momentous events into capsules, summaries, one-line explanations. Such has often been the case with President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, the history-changing document that freed the slaves

Lynne Cheney “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered”
June 17, 2014

by James Madison may not spring to mind the same way that, say, George Washington or Thomas Jefferson or even Alexander Hamilton do. But as a major new biography of our fourth president shows, without Madison’s influence, the entire trajectory of t

Philip Kerr “Prayer”
May 16, 2014

by We know the power of prayer, to heal and comfort. But what if someone wanted to use that power to afflict — and kill? Philip Kerr‘s new psychological thriller “Prayer” poses that uncomfortable question. Gil Martins, an agent wi

Marlo Thomas “It Ain’t Over . . Till It’s Over”
May 05, 2014

by During her extensive travels around the U.S., actress and author Marlo Thomas kept meeting women who were “stuck.” Stuck in a dead-end job. Stuck with a suddenly-empty nest and no plan for what to do next. Stuck in indecision over where th

Brad Meltzer “I am Abraham Lincoln”
February 24, 2014

by Heroes. We all need them, we all love them — and the message of new books by a bestselling thriller writer is that each of us can be a hero. Brad Meltzer is already author of the books “Heroes For My Son” and “Heroes For My Dau

Lauren Bloom “Art of the Apology”
February 13, 2014

by Do you know how to apologize? It sounds so simple. Just say, “I’m sorry.” Right? Not necessarily. Sometimes a proper, sincere apology can be more complicated, more nuanced. So, let me ask again: do you know how to apologize? Lauren B

Larry Kane “When They Were Boys”
February 07, 2014

by Perhaps no American knows the story of the Beatles in America better than veteran journalist Larry Kane. He’s the only American reporter to accompany the Fab Four on every stop of both their 1964 and 1965 tours. He has written three books about

Sue Monk Kidd “The Invention of Wings”
January 22, 2014

by A young woman of privilege and a young woman born into slavery are inextricably linked, as each tries to find the voice she feels she has been denied, in Sue Monk Kidd‘s new novel “The Invention of Wings.” And it’s based on the