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  • Oprah's memoir is delayed, but her cookbook is coming in January

    Oprah's memoir is delayed, but her cookbook is coming in January

    There's good news and bad news for bookish Oprah Winfrey fans. The bad news: Her upcoming memoir, "The Life You Want," has been postponed indefinitely. The good news: You'll only have to wait until early 2017 to buy the media mogul's new cookbook, "Food, Health and Happiness: 'On Point' Recipes...

  • Gregory Rabassa, translator of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, dies at 94

    Gregory Rabassa, translator of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, dies at 94

    Gregory Rabassa, a translator of worldwide influence and esteem who helped introduce Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Julio Cortazar and other Latin American authors to millions of English-language readers, has died. A longtime professor at Queens College, Rabassa died Monday at a hospice in Branford, Conn....

  • 6 intriguing new nonfiction books

    6 intriguing new nonfiction books

    Six intriguing new nonfiction titles -- some are already climbing our bestseller list. "Boy Erased" by Garrard Conley (Riverhead: 352 pp., $27) Being gay in Arkansas is not easy, and after Conley was outed at 19, his parents sent him to a Christian ministry’s conversion therapy program. More than...

  • What is biography? Who can be trusted? asks Jill Lepore in 'Joe Gould's Teeth'

    What is biography? Who can be trusted? asks Jill Lepore in 'Joe Gould's Teeth'

    One winter, Jill Lepore, the prolific historian and New Yorker correspondent, taught a course called “What Is Biography?” To coax her Harvard sophomores to ponder whether we can truly know another person, she assigned Julian Barnes’ novel “The Sense of an Ending.” She also gave them two famous...

  • Rob Bell: podcaster, bestselling author, performer and, yes, pastor

    Rob Bell: podcaster, bestselling author, performer and, yes, pastor

    Conjure up an image of a former mega-church pastor and you will almost certainly not envision Rob Bell. Tall, slender and dressed with the casual hipness of a tech entrepreneur, Bell greets me in his airy West Hollywood home office looking less like your mother’s Sunday-service leader than he does...

  • Literary pick of the week: Martin Pousson unveils 'Black Sheep Boy'

    Literary pick of the week: Martin Pousson unveils 'Black Sheep Boy'

    On Thursday evening, Martin Pousson launches his new book, "Black Sheep Boy," at Skylight Books. Pousson was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship to work on the book, which blends Southern Gothic literary heritage, his Cajun upbringing and his distinctive voice...

  • Never mind the bollocks, it's Steve Jones' memoir

    Never mind the bollocks, it's Steve Jones' memoir

    Steve Jones, the guitarist for legendary punk band the Sex Pistols and longtime Los Angeles radio DJ, will be telling his life story in a memoir coming out next year, Rolling Stone reports. Jones is collaborating with music journalist Ben Thompson on the autobiography, titled "Lonely Boy" after...

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