<![CDATA[Books News | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/ en-us Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:23:08 CST http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:23:08 CST Books 60 ‘All In’ is a call to men: Dads need better paid parental leave http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article25505635.html#storylink=rss Josh Levs, a reporter and columnist for CNN, battled with his employer, Time Warner, over getting more paid paternity leave and eventually succeeded. His book “All In” seeks to be a sort of “Lean In” for men, and not just in the unsubtle title echo.

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‘Scattered at Sea’ and ‘War of the Foxes’: Rich, rewarding poetry http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article25366783.html#storylink=rss Poet Amy Gerstler of “Scattered at Sea” weaves her own life story into her poems; poet and painter Richard Siken creates startling realities in “War of the Foxes.”

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Author successfully channels Shakespeare in ‘A Winsome Murder’ http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article25512976.html#storylink=rss The mystery novel centers on Chicago-based detective James Mangan, who is called upon to solve a string of murders. Mangan often has lines from Shakespeare running through his head.

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Twitter users throw lots of shade at ‘Grey’ author E L James http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/stargazing/article25811746.html#storylink=rss Well, that didn’t go well, did it? “Fifty Shades of Grey” author E L James participated in a live Twitter Q&A on Monday afternoon and her critics came out in droves.

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Readorama: Author details gruesome World War I combat action in ‘First Over There’ http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article25690729.html#storylink=rss Matthew Davenport’s history of the first World War I combat action by American troops tells the story from the perspective of those in the trenches, including Charles Avery, who worked at The Star before and after the war.

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Fri, 26 Jun 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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KU professor emeritus James Gunn named to Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article24907381.html#storylink=rss English professor emeritus at the University of Kansas and prolific science fiction author, Gunn is part of the 2015 class of inductees that includes Kurt Vonnegut and Jack Gaughan.

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Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:05:00 CDT

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Readorama: Poet Thomas McAfee was mentor for many at Mizzou http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article24864169.html#storylink=rss Monday marked the publication of a new collection of poetry by the late Thomas McAfee, who taught at the University of Missouri in Columbia for almost 30 years. before his death in 1982 at age 54. The book, “There Is Not Fashion to It,” represents a return to print for many of the poems included.

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Sat, 20 Jun 2015 06:00:00 CDT

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In ‘The Spy’s Son,’ Bryan Denson tells a fascinating true story of family’s espionage http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article24657982.html#storylink=rss Jim Nicholson, the highest-ranking CIA officer ever convicted of espionage, was convicted in 1996 of selling secrets to Russia. But then, from jail, he coached his son, Nathan, to follow in his footsteps.

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Poets with Kansas City ties present powerful works about life, assimilation http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article24675628.html#storylink=rss Jo McDougall lived in Kansas City for 20 years and focuses her observations on the loneliness and beauty of life; Diane Glancy grew up in the Kansas City area and writes of her Native American roots and experiences.

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Lori Roy’s ‘Let Me Die in His Footsteps’ guards its secrets well http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article23542078.html#storylink=rss Lori Roy’s third book, “Let Me Die in His Footsteps,” is a Southern Gothic crime fiction set in Kentucky about family feuds and mysterious deaths. It gives up some of its secrets easily, but others are buried deep, waiting to deliver shocks we didn’t see coming.

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FYI Book Club: “The Battle of Versailles” http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article24997084.html#storylink=rss Club readers enjoy the fun and suspense in Robin Givhan’s debut book, “The Battle of Versailles,” a coming-of-age story about U.S. fashion.

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Fri, 19 Jun 2015 03:00:00 CDT

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In his latest book, KC native gives Bob Hope some overdue credit http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article23850394.html#storylink=rss For years, comedian Bob Hope was “off the radar,” says author Richard Zoglin, “and I thought it was unfair. I think he was the inventor of the modern form of stand-up comedy.” Zoglin, in his new biography, “Hope: Entertainer of the Century,” has corrected that oversight.  Zoglin returns to his hometown this week to speak about the book.

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Sun, 14 Jun 2015 06:10:00 CDT

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‘Breaking the Male Code’ has worthy advice for men, even if it sounds old-fashioned http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article23599288.html#storylink=rss “Emotional intimacy is the experience of being deeply connected to another person who knows and understands your most important feelings and who shares his or her own with you,” author Robert Garfield writes in “Breaking the Male Code.” And most men experience difficulties forging those connections with other guys, he argues.

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Sat, 13 Jun 2015 04:43:00 CDT

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Truman State writer-in-residence makes an Indian family’s strife universal in ‘Land Where I Flee’ http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article23540593.html#storylink=rss Prajwal Parajuly, a writer-in-residence at Truman State University in Kirksville, sets his first novel, “Land Where I Flee,” in the sliver of India between Nepal and Bhutan. He has succeeded beautifully in making a very specific story universally relatable.

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New Billie Holiday biography sheds no new light on alluring, troubled singer http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article24119842.html#storylink=rss In “Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth,” music scholar John Szwed attempts to provide a “meditation” on Holiday’s art but spends too much time outside of it. The most interesting sections of his book concern Szwed’s analysis of Holiday’s singing style. The famous jazz singer was born 100 years ago this spring.

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Readorama: ‘Truman’ author coming to KC with new Wright brothers biography http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article23690665.html#storylink=rss David McCullough, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1992 biography of Harry S. Truman, believes the 33rd president has a lot in common with the subjects of his latest biography, Orville and Wilbur Wright. McCullough will speak Friday, June 19, at the Kansas City Central Library.

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This week's best-sellers from Publishers Weekly http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article26051194.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 03:00:00 CDT Tribune News Service]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article26051194.html Top 25: What corporate America is reading, June 2015 http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article26038555.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 03:00:00 CDT 800-CEO-READ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article26038555.html 'Loving Day' a biting commentary on race, otherness http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article25956919.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 03:00:00 CDT By CONNIE OGLE ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article25956919.html Richard Schickel talks about the movies of his life in 'Keepers' http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article25956916.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 03:00:00 CDT By CHRIS FORAN ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article25956916.html Allen Klein, manager of rock bands, emerges from shadows http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article25956760.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 03:00:00 CDT By MIKAEL WOOD ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article25956760.html 'Saint Anything' pursues the holy grail of adolescence: emotional honesty http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article25956763.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 03:00:00 CDT By ALICE SHORT ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article25956763.html Paris made vividly personal http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article25956766.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 03:00:00 CDT By DAVID L. ULIN ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article25956766.html Stories of trauma and madness http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article25956220.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 03:00:00 CDT By MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article25956220.html Dean Bakopoulos' novel 'Summerlong' follows Iowa marriage in crisis http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article25955992.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 03:00:00 CDT By LAURIE HERTZEL ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article25955992.html Etgar Keret's 'Seven Good Years' cover the time between his son's birth and father's death http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article25742827.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 03:00:00 CDT By CAROLYN KELLOGG ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article25742827.html Best-sellers http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article25699726.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 03:00:00 CDT Los Angeles Times]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article25699726.html Best-sellers http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article25699723.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 03:00:00 CDT Los Angeles Times]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article25699723.html In ‘The Water Knife,’ extreme drought creates a dystopian America http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article25589425.html#storylink=rss Novelist Paolo Bacigalupi creates a near-future America where endless drought devastates the Southwest, and the battle for water pits state against state. It is the book of the moment selection by The Star and the Kansas City Public Library.

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