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  • In pulp writer's heaven: On the confessions of an Amazon author

    In pulp writer's heaven: On the confessions of an Amazon author
    By his own account, the Austin-based writer Neal Pollack long ago gave up trying to pen the Great American Novel. In 2011, his career as an author was effectively dead. He’d written one novel that sold very poorly, and four other books, and had...
  • For college textbooks, newer -- and pricier -- isn't always better

    For college textbooks, newer -- and pricier -- isn't always better
    At Cal State Stanislaus, computer science faculty maintain a small library of textbooks so students don't have to buy them. Chico State history professor Susan Green invites former students to sell their used textbooks to new arrivals on the first day...
  • Donald Antrim's new story collection goes in unexpected directions

    Donald Antrim's new story collection goes in unexpected directions
    At first glance, Donald Antrim's collection of short fiction, "The Emerald Light in the Air," looks like a departure — at least from the three novels for which he is known. If in the past, Antrim has played around the edges of reality — his...
  • Karen Abbott's history of four Civil War women who spied or lied

    Karen Abbott's history of four Civil War women who spied or lied
    The story of Civil War spy Elizabeth Van Lew almost defies belief. A wealthy society woman living in Richmond, Va., during the Civil War, Van Lew engaged in extensive undercover work for the Union — right under the noses of the Confederacy. Not only...
  • 'How the World Was' a vivid tale of a 20th century California boyhood

    'How the World Was' a vivid tale of a 20th century California boyhood
    The Parisian artist Emmanuel Guibert creates nonfiction graphic novels that have the emotional weight and patient observation of great prose fiction. Many of his books are based on long interviews with real subjects. "The Photographer" told the story of a...
  • Smart ways to save on college textbooks

    (Reuters) - With the cost of college textbooks surpassing $1,000 a year for many students, soon-to-be sophomore Matt Schroeder came up with a smart way to trim costs. He worked out a system of borrowing books from upperclassmen, offering nominal...
  • J.D. Salinger's home in Cornish, N.H., is for sale

    J.D. Salinger's home in Cornish, N.H., is for sale
    You can own the home of legendary author J.D. Salinger in Cornish, N.H. Salinger's house is for sale for $679,000. And guess what? It's secluded. Set on 12 acres, the spacious 2,900-square-foot house is reached by traveling a mile and half down a...
  • Rene Steinke's 'Friendswood' visits a town toxic in many ways

    Rene Steinke's 'Friendswood' visits a town toxic in many ways
    René Steinke doesn't like to repeat herself. Her debut novel, "The Fires," drew readers into the mind of a pyromaniac through a haunting first-person narration. Her second, "Holy Skirts," sympathetically reimagined a marginal figure in the early 20th...
  • Amazon vs. Hachette: Soul searching in techie, bookish Seattle

    SEATTLE In this city famous for its independent bookstores and pungent coffee shops brick-and-mortar institutions that value touch, taste and long, rainy afternoons a high-profile conflict about the business of selling e-books has left many readers...
  • The Biblioracle: Seeking 'Wise Blood' first edition

    The Biblioracle: Seeking 'Wise Blood' first edition
    I am shopping for books even as I type, but I'm having a hard time pulling the trigger on a particular purchase. I've read the book I'm considering buying three times and already own two copies, one of which doesn't have a cover anymore, which is why...
  • 'Your Face in Mine' a bold take on race, identity by Jess Row

    'Your Face in Mine' a bold take on race, identity by Jess Row
    Late in his novel "Your Face in Mine," Jess Row cites a parable attributed to Zhuangzi, a Chinese philosopher from the fourth century BC. "Zhuangzi awoke from dreaming that he was a butterfly," he writes, "… And didn't know whether he was a...