Go around the world (without leaving the house) with these 6 new-in-paperback titles
Here are six recommended, new-in-paperback novels that take us around the world, for cozy late-winter reading.“The Scent Keeper” by Erica Bauermeister (St Martin’s, $16.99). Chosen as the Reese’s Book Club selection this month, this novel takes place in the Pacific Northwest and centers on a 12-year-girl with an uncannily honed sense of smell. Kirkus Reviews singled out Bauermeister’s “lyrical, haunting prose” and described the book as “an artfully crafted coming-of-age story that will take the reader on an exquisite olfactory adventure.”“Black Leopard, Red Wolf” by Marlon James (Penguin, $18)...
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Emily Nemens' memories of Seattle-area baseball inspired her irresistible first novel, 'The Cactus League'
SEATTLE — Emily Nemens grew up in Seattle and loved going to baseball games with her dad. She remembers Mariners games at the Kingdome — “I have distinct memories of Ken Griffey Jr.’s rookie year” — and, on sunny days, going to Tacoma to watch the Rainiers play. When she was in middle school, she and her father started going to spring training in Arizona to watch the Mariners play in Peoria; they didn’t make it every year, but “often enough that it became a ritual, a routine.”Years later, that ritual inspired Nemens’ irresistible first novel, “The Cactus League,” set among “the carnival that I...
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Karla Peterson: New documentary on The Band is short too many voices, but the music will blow you away
There is nothing wrong with the new documentary about The Band that a seance wouldn’t fix. Or at least some divine cinematic intervention.Opening Friday, “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band” tells the true — and truly game-changing — story of the astonishing five-man roots rock ‘n’ roll outfit known simply as “The Band.” Or part of that story, anyway.You may think you don’t know The Band, but you do. The Band — guitarist Robbie Robertson, drummer Levon Helm, bassist Rick Danko, and keyboardists Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel — was the group that backed Bob Dylan during his pola...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Review: 'Village of Scoundrels,' by Margi Preus
“Village of Scoundrels” by Margi Preus; Amulet Books (304 pages, $16.99)———In a remote mountain village in southern France, the shadow of World War II is creeping closer.Local guesthouses are full of young Jews who have fled Nazi roundups from German territory and occupied northern France. In the village, they blend in with other young people, drawn by the area’s progressive school and its fresh mountain air.When a French police officer, Perdant, arrives in the middle of winter, all seems quiet — on the surface.But his appearance sets off a series of alarms: from German refugee Henni and her h...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Book review: A suicide, obsession and suspect friendships drive 'You Are Not Alone'
“You Are Not Alone” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen; St. Martin’s (352 pages, $27.99)———In just three books, the writing team of Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen have earned a reputation for highly entertaining psychological thrillers about women’s friendships, obsessions and manipulation. Hendricks, a former editor at Simon & Schuster, and Pekkanen, a former journalist and author under her own name, know how to steer their novels to maximum effect with myriad twists. Although their method doesn’t leave room for much character development, the energetic plots are tight and so inviting ...
Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals
The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Feb. 17:1. Midway (2019) — Lionsgate2. 21 Bridges — Universal3. Ford v Ferrari — Fox4. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood — Sony5. Playing with Fire — Paramount6. Jojo Rabbit — Fox7. Joker — Warner8. Doctor Sleep — Warner9. Terminator: Dark Fate — Paramount10. Gemini Man — Paramount———
Tribune News Service
Commentary: Stop scapegoating Asian American culture to justify bans on 'sex-selective' abortions
Right now, the New York City Council has an opportunity to be a leader for abortion access — by denouncing state legislators’ attempts to use racist stereotypes to push abortion out of reach for Asian American and Pacific Islander women.Last March, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo introduced the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, legislation that would penalize any medical provider who performs an abortion based on the sex, gender, color or race of the fetus. Eight states have already passed laws banning “sex-selective” abortions based at least in part on a debunked racist stereotype that Asian and Paci...
New York Daily News
Fashion mogul Peter Nygard's headquarters raided by FBI, NYPD
NEW YORK — The FBI and the New York Police Department raided the Times Square headquarters of fashion mogul Peter Nygard Tuesday in connection with a sex trafficking investigation, a law enforcement source confirmed.The raid comes two weeks after 10 women sued Nygard for “pamper parties” at his Bahamas mansion where he allegedly sexually abused underage girls. Dozens more alleged victims have since provided evidence relevant to the civil suit detailing an elaborate trafficking operation, according to attorneys Greg Gutzler and Lisa Haba.Raids by the FBI and NYPD typically are not a sign that p...
New York Daily News
Stephen Amell gives recommendations to fans grieving the end of 'Arrow'
Eight seasons came and went with CW’s “Arrow” and along the way fans saw Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) mature from playboy to vigilante to father figure to savior of the world.The trajectory was one to behold — seeing a superhero forged from The Hood to the Green Arrow, who then passed his bow to the next generation. The series finale aired Jan. 28 and for fans of the man who made the salmon ladder look easy, it was a bittersweet ending that you knew had to come.We chatted with Amell after the finale. The interview has been condensed and edited.Q: Do you have suggestions for fans who are coping...
Mike Lull, the boss of bass guitars for bands like Heart, Cheap Trick and Pearl Jam, dies at 66
SEATTLE — It is never just the sound of a guitar. It is the feel of it. The weight of it. The way it sits against the player’s body, and how well it responds to every touch, be it a pick across its strings or the flat of a finger against its frets.Mike Lull knew all that, and on a molecular level that drew some of the world’s most talented musicians to the Bellevue guitar shop that bears his name, including members of Pearl Jam, Heart, Soundgarden and Cheap Trick.“A good luthier can make or break an instrument and an artist’s ability to fully express themselves with it,” Pearl Jam equipment ma...
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