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This undated photo provided by Michael Chen shows his father Da Chen. The brilliant storyteller who drew from the hardships he suffered as a persecuted child growing up in the midst of China’s cultural revolution to create the critically acclaimed memoir “Colors of the Mountain," has died at age 57. Chen died Dec. 17, his wife, Dr. Sun-Ling Chen, said Tuesday, Dec. 24, from the family’s home in Temecula, California. (Michael Chen via AP)
December 24, 2019 - 8:56 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Da Chen, the brilliant storyteller who drew from the hardships he suffered as a persecuted child growing up in the midst of China’s cultural revolution to create the critically acclaimed memoir “Colors of the Mountain," has died at age 57. Chen died of lung cancer on Dec. 17, his...
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Author Elizabeth Spencer is pictured in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in front of a personal library in 2005. Spencer died on Dec. 22, 2019 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at age 98, according to the playwright Craig Lucas. (News Observer via AP, File)
December 24, 2019 - 10:50 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Elizabeth Spencer, a grande dame of Southern literature who bravely navigated between the Jim Crow past and open-ended present in her novels and stories including the celebrated novella "Light In the Piazza," has died at 98. Spencer, who sometimes went by her married name Elizabeth...
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December 23, 2019 - 1:30 pm
“This is Happiness," Bloomsbury Publishing, by Niall Williams “This Is Happiness” is a breathtaking tale told through the eyes of Noel, or Noe, Crowe. After a crisis of faith, the 17-year-old Noe is shipped off to stay with his grandparents in western Ireland, to “the drowning edge of the...
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This cover image released by Mullholland Books shows "From Russia With Blood: The Kremlin’s Ruthless Assassination Program and Vladimir Putin’s Secret War on the West," by Heidi Blake. (Mullholland Books via AP)
December 23, 2019 - 7:05 am
“From Russia with Blood: The Kremlin’s Ruthless Assassination Program and Vladimir Putin’s Secret War on the West,” Mullholland Books, by Heidi Blake In “From Russia with Blood: The Kremlin’s Ruthless Assassination Program and Vladimir Putin’s Secret War on the West,” author Heidi Blake lays out a...
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This image released by Sony Pictures shows Laura Dern in a scene from "Little Women." (Wilson Webb/Sony Pictures via AP)
December 23, 2019 - 6:26 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Laura Dern likes the spoken word so much she even enjoys callbacks to re-record lines for her movies. “Some actors complain about it,” she says. “But it gives me an opportunity to add something to the film.” Dern was interviewed by telephone recently about a vocal project she...
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December 19, 2019 - 1:45 pm
Best-selling Books Week Ending 12/14/19 HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse" by Charlie Mackesy (HarperOne) 2. “The Guardians” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 3. “Strange Planet” by Nathan W. Pyle (Morrow Gift) 4. “Chris Cross" by James Patterson (Little, Brown) 5. "The...
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December 17, 2019 - 1:37 pm
Apple Books US bestseller list for week ending 12/15/19. Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher 1. House of Scarlett by Megan March - 9781943796410 - (Meghan March LLC) 2. Husband by Penelope Sky - 9781393371526 - (Penelope Sky) 3. A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci - 9781538761625...
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This cover image released by Scribner shows "Disney’s Land: Walt Disney and the Invention of the Amusement Park That Changed the World" by Richard Snow. (Scribner via AP)
December 17, 2019 - 8:48 am
“Disney’s Land: Walt Disney and the Invention of the Amusement Park that Changed the World," Scribner, by Richard Snow Scores of books have been written on Walt Disney and the entertainment colossus he created, but author Richard Snow finds some new running room, delivering an elegantly written...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks during a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington. Cummings died from complications of longtime health challenges, his office said in a statement on Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
December 16, 2019 - 11:47 am
A sharecropper's son who rose through the seats of power to become one of the nation's most influential voices. A Republican who went on to lead the U.S. Supreme Court's liberal wing. A lauded writer who brought to light stories overshadowed by prejudice. This year saw the deaths of people who...
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December 13, 2019 - 1:17 pm
Best-Selling Books Week Ended December 7th FICTION 1. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball" by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books) 2. “The Guardians” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 3. “Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens (G.P. Putnam's Sons) 4. “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” by Charlie Mackesy...
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