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Jacket CopyPublishers Weekly's final tally of 2009 books sales has a few surprises. Who would have guessed that California author Lisa See was selling as many books as E.L. Doctorow and Margaret Atwood put together? Or that political tomes from Sarah......
CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF, the Roman Catholic Church does not hold that the pope is infallible in everything he says. Pope Benedict XVI underscored that doctrinal fine point Sunday when he said he was "deeply sorry" about the controversy concerning his...
'The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican' by Benjamin Blech and Roy DolinerMICHELANGELO studied the Kabbalah and Talmud? It's all right there, above our heads, as Benjamin Blech and Roy Doliner demonstrate in their fascinating study of the Sistine Chapel, "The Sistine Secrets" (HarperOne: 336 pp., $26.95). I understand the...
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At the heart of Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" is the Priory of Sion, an organization set up to vigilantly protect "one of the most powerful secrets ever kept." Once Brown's thriller became one of the fastest-selling books of all time, a similar...
Fiction 1. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith ($12.95) 2. The Shack by William P. Young ($14.99) 3. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri ($15) 4. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer ($10.99) 5. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown...
NO ONE OWNS THE FACTS OF HISTORY. Two British historians, however, are claiming title to a juicy historical myth at the core of the bestseller "The Da Vinci Code," and their claim should trouble anyone whose book or film was inspired by someone else's...
Myth is an extremely rich vein that writers have always mined. This year was no exception, as demonstrated by Kate Summerscale's splendid nonfiction study of a 19th century murder, "The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher" (Walker: 380 pp., $24.95). In 1860, the...
Fiction 1. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri ($15) 2. The Shack by William P. Young ($14.99) 3. City of Thieves by David Benioff ($15) 4. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga ($14) 5. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-...
Fiction 1. City of Thieves by David Benioff ($15) 2. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri ($15) 3. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery ($15) 4. The Shack by William P. Young ($14.99) 5. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer ($10.99) 6. New Moon by...
So, Charles Dickens' great fragment, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," has been finished by a contemporary writer? That's what I thought, eyeing the titles of Dan Simmons' and Matthew Pearl's new novels. At last. The story of Dickens' final book is...
Twenty years ago, Ballantine Books decided it no longer wanted to publish paperbacks exclusively, as it had done for the previous 35 years. Bucking convention, the firm launched its hardcover program with a first novel by an untested female writer that...
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