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After 600 Years, a Literary Mystery Solved?

Scholar claims Voynich Manuscript was a mere medical manual

(Newser) - Has a British historian finally cracked the code to what has been called the world's most mysterious book? The meaning of the 15th-century Voynich manuscript , decorated with elegant, indecipherable script and odd drawings of plants and naked women, is one of the great puzzles of the literary world. Now... More »

Comey to Dish on Trump in Upcoming Book

It will explore 'what good, ethical leadership looks like'

(Newser) - James Comey isn't done discussing his unusual tenure under President Trump. The former FBI director has signed a $2 million deal for a book that will explore "what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions," publisher Flatiron Books tells NPR . That will mean... More »

'Most Feared Woman in Publishing' Steps Down

'NYT' book critic Michiko Kakutani will now write about politics and culture

(Newser) - A heavyweight in publishing whose words could turn a book into a bestseller or a bomb is stepping down. Chief New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani has taken a voluntary buyout and will step down from her post—a move that "will instantly change the shape of the... More »

Think It's Weird When Parents Read to Babies? Think Again

Reading even in early infancy can help boost literacy later

(Newser) - OK, your baby isn't going to get the finer points of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, but there are benefits to be reaped from exposure to books even in early infancy. New research presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting on Monday shows that when babies... More »

Ivanka's Advice for Stressed Women: Try Calligraphy

'Don't gossip' among business tips in new book

(Newser) - Ivanka Trump says her new book , with tips on how to be a successful working woman, is a "manual for architecting the life you want to live." Reviewers say Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success is a nauseating read with no more helpful advice than "... More »

Why Obama Split With His Ex Before Michelle

In biography, David J. Garrow asserts race was a factor

(Newser) - At 1,460 pages, David J. Garrow's new biography of Barack Obama is no quick read, including details down to the student evaluations he received while teaching at the University of Chicago. Rising Star paints Obama as a man making calculated choices in the course of a lifelong pursuit... More »

Sheryl Sandberg's New Book a 'Remarkable Achievement'

Facebook COO's tome on handling grief, finding joy after huge loss strikes chord

(Newser) - Sheryl Sandberg credits Mark Zuckerberg with helping her survive after husband Dave Goldberg's death in 2015 from a heart attack, a fact she recently revealed in an interview to promote her new book , Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, released Monday by Knopf. Now that the... More »

Here's a Bold Strategy for Reading Your Next Novel

Skip to the end, advises a book lover

(Newser) - The writer who covers the books beat at the Guardian has some advice for fellow readers that might sound like heresy: When you're halfway through a novel, skip ahead and read the ending. Danuta Kean does this routinely and makes the case that knowing how things turn out doesn'... More »

Cosby's New Infamy: Kids' Books Among 'Most Challenged'

American Library Association is out with list for 2016

(Newser) - A celebrity once beloved among young people now finds himself on a list of books parents and other community members most wish to see removed from libraries: Bill Cosby. Cosby's "Little Bill Books" series is among those making the American Library Association's annual top 10 "challenged... More »

Ivana Trump's 'Unfiltered' Memoir Coming Soon

It will focus on her three children with Donald Trump

(Newser) - Ivana Trump, the first wife of President Donald Trump, is writing a memoir that will focus on the couple's three children. Raising Trump will be published Sept. 12, Gallery Books tells the AP . According to Gallery, Ivana Trump is writing a story of "motherhood, strength, and resilience" and... More »

Tom Hanks' Debut Book Due in October

It will contain 17 stories about typewriters written by the actor

(Newser) - Tom Hanks is putting his love of vintage typewriters to good use—his collection of short stories will be published in October, the AP reports. The Oscar-winning actor's first book, UNCOMMON TYPE: Some Stories, features 17 stories, each in some way involving a different typewriter. It's due out... More »

Super Bowl LI to Go From Small to Big Screen

Book, movie will recount Patriots' comeback win: report

(Newser) - Super Bowl LI was one for the ages—and also one destined for the big screen, apparently. Deadline reports an upcoming book and film will recount the New England Patriots' remarkable comeback win in overtime with a focus on quarterback Tom Brady, who's now won more Super Bowls than... More »

Gang Steals $3M in Books in Hollywood-Esque Heist

They cut through skylights, rappelled down

(Newser) - It was a heist worthy of Hollywood: Thieves targeted a London warehouse temporarily holding some of the world's rarest books, cut through its skylights, rappelled down, and made off with more than $3 million in bounty, reports the Telegraph . In total, the trio nabbed more than 160 books, and... More »

Kitten Experiment in 4th-Grade Textbook Outrages Parents

India science primer tells kids to suffocate cats to illustrate how living beings need air

(Newser) - A textbook has sparked outrage in India for instructing fourth-graders to suffocate a kitten to show how living beings need air. The experiment described in the environmental science textbook for 9-year-olds tells the students to place two kittens in separate boxes, one of them without air holes, and wait to... More »

4 Books Obama Put on Malia's Kindle

President talks about his love of reading

(Newser) - President Obama managed to remain an avid reader even during his presidency, and New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani interviewed him about the role of books in his life. Fiction, explains Obama, was more than just a break from briefings and memos. It was "useful as a reminder... More »

He Took Out 262 Library Books a Month —and Was Fictional

Library scheme sought to 'save' books

(Newser) - Sorrento, Fla., is not home to the country's most avid reader, though it would appear that way based on the East Lake County Library's records. They show that a man by the name of Chuck Finley checked out 2,361 books over a nine-month period last year, including... More »

10 Books That Will Become Movies in 2017

Including 2 from Stephen King

(Newser) - The library and the movie theater will continue to collide in 2017 with more than a dozen film adaptations of books scheduled for release this year, including a couple of books that have been made into movies before. Here are 10 to watch out for, from BuzzFeed's list of... More »

Germany's 'Surprise Bestseller': Mein Kampf

85K copies of Hitler's manifesto sold in last year

(Newser) - Germany has "a surprise bestseller" on its hands, reports the Guardian . Some 85,000 copies of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf sold in Germany in the first year the book was published there since World War II. Andreas Wirsching of the Institute of Contemporary History—which began publishing scholarly... More »

For $80 a Night, Bibliophiles Can Sleep at This Library

With all the Gladstone Library's 250K books

(Newser) - Book lovers rejoice: There exists in this world a library that welcomes visitors hoping to stay the night. Gladstone's Library , located about 200 miles northwest of London in the quaint village of Hawarden in Wales, is named after former British Prime Minister William Gladstone, who was himself a bibliophile... More »

Carrie Fisher's Books Are Selling at Lightspeed

Meanwhile, Steve Martin is taking flak

(Newser) - There's been a run on Carrie Fisher's books since the Star Wars actress and humorist died on Tuesday, reports the AP . Fisher's book, The Princess Diarist, was on top of Amazon's list of best-selling books on Wednesday. Wishful Drinking and Postcards From the Edge were also... More »

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