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Crime Syndicate's Odd Target: First-Edition Pushkins

Rare and valuable Russian books disappearing from libraries across Europe

(Newser) - Stories about international gangs of thieves often involve heists of art, jewels, or maybe gold. In this case: library books. Police have made arrests in what they describe as a sophisticated operation that has swiped more than 170 rare Russian books from libraries across Europe over the last two years,...

Noem's Speech Leads to Cancellation of GOP Fundraiser

Colorado group nixes event for 'safety' reasons amid hubbub over S. Dakota governor's memoir

(Newser) - Kristi Noem is getting slammed for details revealed in her new memoir, on everything from killing her own dog to claims on meeting Kim Jong Un and being threatened by Nikki Haley . Now, a Republican fundraiser featuring the South Dakota governor as keynote speaker has been canceled, after a Colorado...

Kristi Noem's Book Stirs Up a New Brouhaha

Governor claims she met Kim Jong Un; 'There's no way,' says an expert

(Newser) - No one is doubting South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem's account of killing her young dog and other animals, but people aren't so quick to buy other claims in her upcoming memoir. According to the Dakota Scout , Noem writes in No Going Back about meeting Kim Jong Un while...

These Are the 10 Most Challenged Books

LGBTQ themes feature in many of the books highlighted by the American Library Association

(Newser) - Book censorship hit "the highest levels ever documented" last year, according to the American Library Association , which saw the number of challenged titles climb 65% in 2023 over the previous year. "These are books that contain the ideas, the opinions, and the voices that censors want to silence—...

Harvard's Gruesomely Infamous Book Has an Update

University announces it has removed binding made of human skin from 19th-century tome

(Newser) - If you've ever spent a rainy day browsing through Harvard's "Ask a Librarian" FAQ, you may have stumbled upon one particularly gruesome query : "What is the status of the book bound in human skin at Harvard?" After a decade of debate and controversy, that status now...

Stephen Breyer: Supreme Court Is Headed Down Wrong Path

Retired justice offers his take on Dobbs decision, originalism, and the court's current makeup

(Newser) - Stephen Breyer has a book coming out Tuesday, and between that and a new interview with the New York Times , the retired Supreme Court justice has a lot to say, about everything from abortion and the concept of originalism to the high court bench's current makeup.
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An Interview With a Sociopath
Never Met a Sociopath?
Now You Have

Never Met a Sociopath? Now You Have

Patric Gagne explains how she navigates the world with antisocial personality disorder

(Newser) - If you met Patric Gagne in person, chances are you wouldn't think she was a sociopath. But that's exactly what she is, and she's written about it in an upcoming memoir named for her life with antisocial personality disorder. Even though sociopaths are considered "the worst,...

Melania Had 'Power Struggle' in WH With More Than One Trump

Book on America's first ladies features numerous nuggets on her private clashes with Donald, Ivanka

(Newser) - A new book on contemporary US first ladies is out, and within its pages are some nuggets on Melania and Donald Trump's clashes while the latter was in the Oval Office. People notes that while Melania Trump "was always publicly supportive of her husband ... the two often felt...

50-Cent Harry Potter Proof Just Sold for $14K

Owner had bought first printing from a secondhand bookstore in 1997

(Newser) - The woman hardly knew what she'd bought in paying 40 pence, or about 50 cents, for three books back in 1997. Then 26, the woman "didn't have much money" but liked to browse secondhand bookshops for deals, she tells Hansons Auctioneers . She'd been looking for novels...

For the Perfect Cup of Tea, Add Salt, Says Chemist

Chemistry professor Michelle Francl shares tips for reducing bitterness and 'scum'

(Newser) - Ask tea drinkers how to make the perfect cup and you're sure to get all kinds of responses. Use loose leaf. Steep extra long. Add milk last. Don't add milk at all. The best tea, after all, is subjective. Or is it? Michelle Francl, a professor of chemistry...

Hugh Hefner's Widow: 'I Must've Been Brainwashed'

Crystal Hefner talks to 'NYT' ahead of new memoir, in which she notes she wasn't 'in love' with Hef

(Newser) - Crystal Hefner, widow of the late Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, has a memoir coming out Tuesday on life in the Playboy Mansion—but don't expect it to be any kind of rose-tinted hagiography. The title of the 37-year-old former Playmate's book, Only Say Good Things: Surviving Playboy and ...

Reading in Print Sinks in Better
Reading in Print
Sinks in Better

Reading in Print Sinks in Better

Comprehension of reading materials is 6-8 times greater in print, study finds

(Newser) - You might be better off printing these next few paragraphs before you read them. A new meta study out of the University of Valencia found that reading for fun on screens yields far less comprehension than when it's on the printed page, the Guardian reports. This is because our...

Liz Cheney Now Has a Bestselling Book

'Oath and Honor' soars to No. 1 on Amazon bestseller list, temporarily sells out

(Newser) - Liz Cheney may not yet know if she's going to throw her hat in the ring for the 2024 presidential race, but in the meantime, she can bask in the success of her new book. The former GOP congresswoman's Oath and Honor: A Memoir and a Warning leaped...

The Top Books of 2023
Top 10

2023's Top 10 Books

'NYT' is out with its favorite tomes

(Newser) - It's the most listicle time of the year, and the New York Times book staff is out with its top 10 list of the best books of 2023. The Times staff notes that they watch literary releases crossing their desks carefully all year and that when it comes time...

Morgan Names Royals Who Made Alleged Racist Comments

Book says King Charles, Kate Middleton made remark on skin color of Harry, Meghan's unborn son

(Newser) - More than two years ago, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, made reference during an interview with Oprah Winfrey about "concerns and conversations" with the royal family about how dark the skin of their then-unborn son Archie would be when he emerged, fueling plenty of rumors about who...

Book Borrowed in 1919 Finally Returns to Library

'Famous Composers Vol. 1' had already cheated destruction once

(Newser) - If the St. Paul Public Library was that way, somebody would be facing a major penalty for returning a book 103 years late, the city's mayor joked. "At the 1919 rate of a penny per day, that would have been a $36k fine," tweeted Melvin Carter, whose...

Pink Has a Feisty Response to Florida Book Bans

Singer will give out thousands of banned or restricted books at Miami, Sunrise concerts this week

(Newser) - Groups and individuals have said they're boycotting visits to Florida and refusing to hold events in the Sunshine State due to Gov. Ron DeSantis' new laws on gender-affirming care, abortion, gun ownership, and teaching race- and LGBTQ+-themed subjects in school, among others. Pink is taking a different tack: The...

Publisher of Meadows Memoir Wants Its Money Back

All Seasons Press sues ex-White House chief of staff, accusing him of lying about the 2020 election

(Newser) - As he remains tied to legal wranglings regarding multiple cases against former President Donald Trump, Mark Meadows now has a new issue to contend with—an irate publisher. Insider reports that on Thursday, All Seasons Press pulled The Chief's Chief , the memoir penned by the former White House chief...

Singer Says Carrie Fisher's Daughter Blames Him for Death

'You're Beautiful' performer James Blunt says he'd do drugs with Fisher in 'different approach' to her addiction

(Newser) - Carrie Fisher died almost seven years ago, but another celebrity is now saying that Fisher's daughter blames him for the Star Wars actor's death. "You're Beautiful" singer James Blunt is out with a new memoir, Loosely Based on a Made-Up Story , and in it, he addresses...

Michelle Williams' Reading of Spears Memoir Is Getting Attention

Actor is making headlines for her reading of audiobook, especially one Timberlake snippet

(Newser) - Britney Spears' new memoir continues to make headlines , and now the audiobook for The Woman in Me, released Tuesday, is making news of its own. It's narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Michelle Williams, whose readings are now going viral, particularly one snippet involving Spears' ex, Justin Timberlake. That clip, per...

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