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Clinton-Patterson Thriller Jumps to the Top on Amazon

'The President is Missing' posted the biggest first week for adult fiction since Harper Lee's 'Go Set a Watchman'

(Newser) - Bill Clinton's debut novel had the year's biggest opening so far for a work of fiction, reports the AP . The President is Missing, a thriller he co-wrote with James Patterson, sold 250,000 copies its first week. Alfred A. Knopf and Little, Brown and Co., the book's... More »

Einstein's Diaries Show Disturbingly 'Clear Hallmark'

Genius's translated works exhibit xenophobic view of Chinese people

(Newser) - In a 1946 speech, Albert Einstein described racism as a "disease of white people." He apparently had it, as revealed in the genius's travel diaries, published entirely in English for the first time, per Quartz . Describing travels through China, Singapore, Japan, Palestine, and Spain between 1922 and... More »

He Didn't Commit Crime He Was Jailed For. Now, the Oprah Nod

Winfrey picks memoir by Anthony Ray Hinton, wrongly imprisoned for 30 years, for book club

(Newser) - Anthony Ray Hinton, wrongly imprisoned for nearly 30 years, can hardly believe how his luck has changed. Hinton's memoir, The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row, is Oprah Winfrey's latest book club pick, a dream for virtually any writer and beyond the... More »

Kim Executed Uncle Because of Grudge Over His Mom: Book

More family secrets in defector's memoir, including a Clapton concert attended by Kim's brother

(Newser) - Long-held grudges, executions, an Eric Clapton concert—it's all there in a new 542-page memoir by a man the Wall Street Journal calls "North Korea's most high-profile defector in two decades." The New York Times reports on Thae Yong Ho's Cryptography From the Third-Floor Secretariat,... More »

'Name Any Book' Is a Hard Task, Kimmel Learns

Perhaps Americans should listen to 1990s Shaq

(Newser) - Jimmy Kimmel is taking issue with a recent study claiming 24% of Americans haven't read a book in the past year. He thinks the figure should be higher and, on his show Thursday, offered some corroboration in interviews with people on the street. Asked to name any book—the... More »

#CockyGate Has Romance Authors in a Tizzy

Battle rages over trademark on word 'cocky'

(Newser) - A strange fight is brewing in the world of romance novels over the word "cocky." Faleena Hopkins is the author of a 17-book series about the Cocker brothers, and all of those books have the word "cocky" in the title. Last month, Hopkins managed to trademark use... More »

We Should All Be Worried About Barnes & Noble

David Leonhardt: It's in the country's best interest for the chain to thrive

(Newser) - Barnes & Noble is in real danger of disappearing, and that has David Leonhardt of the New York Times worried. This isn't just a case of a corporate giant being unable to keep up with the new age, he writes. It's the result of a misguided government policy... More »

She Decided to Learn Poker for a Book, Started Winning Big

Amid successes, Maria Konnikova's book is pushed back

(Newser) - New Yorker writer Maria Konnikova was a "total poker outsider" when she decided to spend a year learning the game with the purpose of writing a book. Now, she might be considering a career change. Konnikova, under the wing of professional poker player Erik Seidel, has gotten so good... More »

John McCain: 'This Is My Last Term'

Senator faces down own mortality, state of politics in forthcoming book

(Newser) - Facing down an aggressive brain tumor that's kept him out of Washington for months, John McCain appears to be taking a hard look at his own mortality vis-a-vis his forthcoming book, The Restless Wave . "This is my last term," he writes in excerpts out now , via NPR... More »

7 'Classics' to Take Off Your Reading List

And what to read instead

(Newser) - If you've ever found yourself struggling through a so-called "classic" book only to find yourself thinking, "How racist/sexist/boring," you're not alone. The editors of GQ, along with some current authors, have put together a list of 21 such books (technically 20, because one of them... More »

Trump: 'Slime Ball' Comey 'Should Be Prosecuted'

Guess he didn't like mention of the size of his hands

(Newser) - President Trump slammed James Comey as a "weak and untruthful slime ball" Friday as unflattering details from the former FBI director's soon-to-be-released memoir continue to trickle out. "It was my great honor to fire James Comey!" who is "a proven LEAKER & LIAR" and "... More »

Boy Who Didn't Come Back From Heaven Sues Own Publisher

Alex Malarkey says he never saw a dime from book, and that late father made up near-death story

(Newser) - Alex Malarkey calls it "one of the most deceptive books ever," even though it bears his byline and that of his late father. The 20-year-old Ohio man, left paraplegic after a 2004 car crash in which his father, Kevin Malarkey, was driving, co-penned with his dad The Boy ... More »

You Can Buy Mike Pence's Bunny Book. Or You Can Buy John Oliver's

'Last Week Tonight' is trolling the VP, for a couple of good causes

(Newser) - John Oliver did a segment on Mike Pence during Sunday's episode of Last Week Tonight, focusing mostly on all the positions the vice president holds that Oliver finds distasteful—among them his opposition to women in the military, abortion rights, and LGBT rights. But Oliver promised Pence supporters he'... More »

Early Sales Figures Are in for Wolff's Fire and Fury

Digital sales are huge for a nonfiction book

(Newser) - Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury sold more than 29,000 hardcover copies in its first week of publication, NBD BookScan tells the AP . That number, announced Wednesday and the highest overall for books last week, is likely to grow far higher in future reports. The explosive tell-all about the... More »

DC Bookstore Sells Out of Fire and Fury in 20 Minutes

'This is a DC moment'

(Newser) - “It’s like Harry Potter for adults,” someone said. The Washington Post reports that by 11:40pm Thursday—20 minutes before Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House went on sale at Kramerbooks in Washington DC—dozens of people were already lined up... More »

The Color Purple Out, Mein Kampf in for Texas Inmates

List of 10K books banned in Texas prisons has some surprising entries

(Newser) - Prisoners in Texas can't read the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Color Purple or the best-selling Freakonomics; some of the works of Hunter S. Thompson or a collection of Shakespearean sonnets; or books from the Where's Waldo series, The Simpsons, and Monty Python. They can, however, read Hitler's Mein ... More »

Skip Right to the Sex With Audible's New Feature

Several new options cater to audiobook service's romance readers

(Newser) - Flipping through dozens of pages of Fifty Shades of Grey to find a sex scene may soon be a thing of the past. Catering to impatient romance readers, audiobook website Audible has introduced a feature allowing visitors to skip to especially romantic scenes—from first kisses to steamy sex romps—... More »

Kelly Was 'Stupid' About the Civil War. You Don't Have to Be

Ta-Nehisi Coates recommends 5 books to make you 'unstupid'

(Newser) - John Kelly, President Trump's chief of staff, said Monday that "the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War." It was, as Ta-Nehisi Coates writes in the Atlantic , "an incredibly stupid thing to say" and "built on a long tradition of endorsing... More »

Author Claims to Solve Notorious 'Black Dahlia' Murder

Killer was a sadistic accused pimp, says Piu Eatwell

(Newser) - It wasn't a doctor who tortured, killed, and carved a clown-like smile in the face of the Black Dahlia, but an accused pimp who escaped punishment as part of a police cover-up, according to a new book. After three years of scouring official documents and grand jury files, British... More »

Kaepernick Just Signed, but Not With NFL: Report

Page Six says he's inked a $1M book deal

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick has so far failed to secure a new NFL contract, but he's reportedly just landed a major book deal. A day after reporting that Kaepernick was seen meeting with publishers at the New York offices of talent agency WME, Page Six reports the athlete has nabbed a... More »

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