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REVIEW: 'Smile,' by Roddy Doyle

Roddy Doyle Photo by Mark Nixon

FICTION: Roddy Doyle's 11th novel tells the story of a man who in midlife begins to relive his tormented youth.

Review: 'Admissions: Life as a Brain Surgeon,' by Henry Marsh

Henry Marsh

NONFICTION: In this second memoir, Dr. Henry Marsh writes poignantly about regrets, retirement and what lies ahead.


"Redemption's Run": Chapter 25, the end of the story

"Redemption's Run": Chapter 24 closes
"Redemption's Run": Chapter 24 continues
"Redemption's Run": Chapter 24 begins

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. Sleeping Beauties, by Stephen King and Owen King. (Scribner) In a small Appalachian town, women who fall asleep don’t wake up and…


Married couple helped make Harley Quinn one of biggest names in comics

Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner's last issue (No. 34) comes out Dec. 20.


Review: 'Who Reads Poetry,' edited by Fred Sasaki and Don Share

NONFICTION: People share their experiences with poetry in this collection of essays.


Reviews: 'Murder Book,' by Frank F. Weber, and 'Do Not Become Alarmed,' by Maile Meloy

Murder Book By Frank F. Weber. (North Star Press, 265 pages, $15.) It’s always refreshing to find an author who knows his material. Minnesota writer…


Amy Tan on new memoir: 'I want to know why I got damaged and why I'm glad'

While writing her new memoir, the author uncovered dark family secrets. She also found the source of her need to write.


Readers recommend books: 'The Nightingale'

Bedside table: Readers recommend books


Excerpt from 'Where the Past Begins' by Amy Tan

There is a particular word in Chinese my mother used to describe my personality: li hai. Depending on context and how forcefully it is said,…


Are you tired of reading 500-page-plus 'epic' novels?

Even if the stories and the writing can't support the length, bigger has somehow become better.


Review: 'Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir,' by Amy Tan

NONFICTION: Memoir reveals the seeds of writer's novels as she delves into her family's past.


Review: 'James Wright: A Life in Poetry,' by Jonathan Blunk

NONFICTION: An empathetic and illuminating biography of James Wright, a tormented man whose poetry lives on.


BOOKMARK: Readers recall finding books 'in the wild'

We asked if you had ever unexpectedly found a book and picked it up. Here's what you said.


New York Times bestsellers

FICTION1. The Cuban Affair, by Nelson DeMille. (Simon & Schuster) A Miami lawyer solicits an Army veteran to go on a secret mission to…


St. Olaf grad writes sequel to 'Wind in the Willows'

FICTION: Females upset river life in St. Olaf grad's sequel to "The Wind in the Willows."


REVIEWS: 'The Bettencourt Affair,' by Tom Sancton, and 'Every Last Lie,' by Mary Kubica

The Bettencourt Affair: The World’s Richest Woman and the Scandal That Rocked Paris By Tom Sancton. (Dutton, 396 pages, $28.)   The…


How a comic about getting superpowers from sex became an unlikely hit

Superpowered "Sex Criminals" veers from comedy to sex-thriller to drama.