<![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 Slam poetry community to open Wordshop space http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article31659902.html#storylink=rss Young writers will have a place in the Crossroads Arts District to learn, grow and establish their own identities in September when the KC Wordshop opens at 2010 Baltimore Ave. in the Crossroads Arts District. It will allow young people to harness the power of language year-round.

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‘Black-Eyed Susans’ crafts intense suspense around young survivor of serial killer http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article31433900.html#storylink=rss In her brilliant new novel of suspense, “Black-Eyed Susans,” Julia Heaberlin, a University of Kansas graduate and former features editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, spins a thrilling mystery loaded with fascinating facts and compelling characters.

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Sat, 22 Aug 2015 06:00:00 CDT

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‘Humans Are Underrated’ gives empathy and feelings their due http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article31943913.html#storylink=rss Geoff Colvin’s “Humans Are Underrated” serves up two different books in one, each interesting in its own right. The first offers an overview of recent developments in smart software and artificial intelligence. The second and more original message is a take on the human abilities that will remain important in light of growing computer efficacy.

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Sat, 22 Aug 2015 22:09:38 CDT

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Losing your mind? ‘Let’s Be Less Stupid’ treats it with humor, quizzes http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article31946520.html#storylink=rss In this slim, bright-pink volume, Patricia Marx, a New Yorker staff writer, sets out to uncover why her brain does not appear to be working as speedily as it used to. The problem is acute: “Indeed, sometimes, when I look for my glasses while wearing my glasses, I think, ‘My, my, it’s going to be a very smooth transition to dementia,’” she writes.

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Sat, 22 Aug 2015 22:50:46 CDT

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Debut novel by former KC resident Cynthia Bond gets the full Oprah Book Club push http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article31616633.html#storylink=rss Oprah Winfrey has also optioned the novel, and Bond is working on a screenplay. Bond will speak at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Library.

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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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FYI Book Club: ‘The Water Knife’ cuts to today’s truths http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article31681883.html#storylink=rss Readers who discussed the latest FYI Book Club selection, “The Water Knife” by Paolo Bacigalupi, say the sci-fi tale of drought and desperation feels eerily real.

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Thu, 20 Aug 2015 19:15:08 CDT

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Cookbook author Judith Fertig uses flavors, feelings to craft first novel, ‘The Cake Therapist’ http://www.kansascity.com/living/food-drink/article31345484.html#storylink=rss Overland Park cookbook author Judith Fertig has just debuted her first novel, “The Cake Therapist.” Also out this summer by Fertig: “Bake Happy” and “BBQ Bistro.” Keep reading for a Rainbow Cake recipe.

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Tue, 18 Aug 2015 03:00:00 CDT

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Complicated plots, sensitivity make ‘No. 4 Imperial Lane’ a standout http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article31005186.html#storylink=rss “No. 4 Imperial Lane” is the first novel by Jonathan Weisman, an economic policy reporter in Washington, D.C., which sounds like poisonous preparation for writing a poignant novel, but he understands the way money molds lives and nations, the way class persists in our allegedly classless era. Just as important, he has developed an elegant style, a sympathetic understanding of characters and a facility with complicated plots.

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Sat, 15 Aug 2015 05:00:00 CDT

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Alaa Al Aswany’s ‘The Automobile Club of Egypt’ loses its way http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article31005366.html#storylink=rss The social commentary of Alaa Al Aswany’s new novel, “The Automobile Club of Egypt,” offers intermittent insights into human characters, some possibly amusing, but anything more engaging must have been lost in translation.

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Iceberg Slim’s raw, unfiltered life captured in overdue biography http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article30646101.html#storylink=rss Iceberg Slim, the literary godfather of gangsta rap who lived a life of crime, then became a family man, wrote with a spirit that channeled Mark Twain and Malcolm X. Justin Gifford’s taut biography, “Street Poison: The Biography of Iceberg Slim,” is important and overdue.

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Readorama: Author W.P. Kinsella reflects on ‘Field of Dreams’ http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article30944076.html#storylink=rss The “Field of Dreams” genesis story can be found in “The Essential W.P. Kinsella,” published in spring. The collection includes many of Kinsella’s short stories, such as including “Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa,” which inspired the novel. It also includes An essay by in which Kinsella, now 80, explains just how that story became that novel’s first chapter.

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Sat, 15 Aug 2015 03:00:00 CDT

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Was Shakespeare a pothead? Researchers pipe up again http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article30638214.html#storylink=rss Fourteen years ago, South African scientists found cannabis in fragments of pipes unearthed in William Shakespeare’s garden and suggested that The Bard might have been enjoying a bit of the ganja while writing his masterpieces. Here’s why people are still talking about that.

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Heartland views of food, family anchor ‘Kitchens of the Great Midwest’ http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article30160710.html#storylink=rss The debut novel by J. Ryan Stradal centers around a woman who grows up in the Midwest to become America’s most sought-after chef. In part it’s a tender coming-of-age story with a mix of finely rendered pathos and humor; it chronicles the rise of the heartland’s foodie culture.

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Sat, 08 Aug 2015 05:30:00 CDT

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‘Future Crimes’ will make you want to disconnect from tech http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article30311511.html#storylink=rss Marc Goodman, who has a background in law enforcement and technology, details how the Internet of Things can be easily hacked, and why we should be worried.

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In ‘A Full Life,’ Jimmy Carter at 90 still doesn’t sugarcoat tough topics http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article30267012.html#storylink=rss The memoir offers a long view of Carter’s life, from his pre-political past to his thoughts on the world issues today.

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Sat, 15 Aug 2015 06:44:00 CDT

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Readorama: Meet a real Advance Man, wizards behind political campaign events http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article30129009.html#storylink=rss Herding the press and placating fire marshals, the protagonist of Steven Jacques’ novel “Advance Man” must make The Candidate look good. Jacques has organized hundreds of advance events for Democratic Party office-holders and candidates for 36 years.

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This week's best-sellers from Publishers Weekly http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32549736.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 03:00:00 CDT Tribune News Service]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32549736.html Book review: 'Unfriended,' misses opportunity to educate on social issues http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32546274.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 03:00:00 CDT By AMANDA WASSERMAN ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32546274.html In 'Purity,' Jonathan Franzen confronts his &#239;&#191;&#189; and our &#239;&#191;&#189; demons http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32416605.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 03:00:00 CDT By DAVID L. ULIN ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32416605.html 'Automobile Club of Egypt' traces road toward Arab Spring http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32416557.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 03:00:00 CDT By MIKE FISCHER ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32416557.html A real-life Maryland horror finds its place in fiction http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32416560.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 03:00:00 CDT By MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32416560.html Six books about fires and wildland firefighting http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32416563.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 03:00:00 CDT By MARY ANN GWINN ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32416563.html Susanna Moore's 'Paradise of the Pacific' a vivid, powerful history of Hawaii http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32416548.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 03:00:00 CDT By DAVID L. ULIN ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32416548.html Forget the Jane Austen romantic comedy: These authors would make way better rom-coms http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32416551.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 03:00:00 CDT By CAROLYN KELLOGG ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32416551.html The best part of new Joan Didion bio 'The Last Love Song'? Joan Didion http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32416554.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 03:00:00 CDT By CAROLYN KELLOGG ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32416554.html Jimmy Carter biography in the works by Jonathan Alter http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32416509.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 03:00:00 CDT By CAROLYN KELLOGG ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32416509.html John Scalzi, Ian Rankin extend familiar worlds, to our delight http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32416209.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 03:00:00 CDT By JIM HIGGINS ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32416209.html Despite the threats and sexism, Felicia Day believes in the gaming world http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32416290.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 03:00:00 CDT By NICOLE BRODEUR ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32416290.html New mystery launches 'Curious Beginning' to series http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32416236.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 03:00:00 CDT By OLINE H. COGDILL ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32416236.html My favorite writing tool: The Facebook status-update window http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32416215.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 03:00:00 CDT By EVE FAIRBANKS ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article32416215.html