Hometown Reads, a website promoting local authors, now features Kansas City. Local authors say groups like Hometown Reads are important to get the word out about local authors’ work. Kansas City is now one of the biggest cities on the website.
Yaa Gyasi, who is just 26, has developed a style agile enough to reflect the remarkable range of her first novel. She writes with a courageous lack of sentimentality, an absolute refusal to allow good and evil to be distributed along color lines.
Every human in “One in a Billion: The Story of Nic Volker and the Dawn of Genomic Medicine,” reported over years by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Mark Johnson and Kathleen Gallagher, is a protagonist.
Former New York Times reporter Gay Talese follows a former innkeeper who had the questionable habit of spying on his guests. But the one-sided story is not up to par with past Talese works, even without the controversy over the unreliability of the innkeeper.
Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, July 17, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2016, The Nielsen Co.
I am not one to wish away the summer, but between the release of the beach blockbusters and the fall literary season, there's a bit of a drought in the fresh-reads category. I'm going to fast-forward the calendar and tell you about 11 fall books I'm looking forward to. Between Bruce Springsteen's new memoir and Maria Semple's latest Seattle sendup, it's going to be hard to wait:
When Marcella Hazan died in 2013, the legendary cookbook author left us with a short stack of books, most notably her "Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking" (also legendary), and a legacy. Born in Emilia-Romagna in 1924, Hazan pretty much introduced America to traditional Italian home cooking. She also left her husband (of nearly six decades) and collaborator Victor a collection of notebooks, filled with handwritten pages, in Italian, about the ingredients she'd used over her long career. Artichokes and onions, tomatoes and zucchini, lard and pancetta and salt. Victor translated those notes and made them into a final book, called "Ingredienti" - a kind of posthumous grocery list.