WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST-SELLERS

WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST-SELLERS
Article from San Francisco Chronicle:

(03-29) 14:09 PDT , (AP) –

Best-Selling Books Week Ended March 25th.

FICTION

1. “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press)

2. “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press)

3. “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)

4. “Stay Close” by Harlan Coben (Dutton Books)

5. “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss (Random House Children’s Books)

6. “Big Nate Goes for Broke” by Lincoln Peirce (HarperCollins)

7. “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss (Random House Children’s Books)

8. “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” by Dr. Seuss (Random House)

9. “Lone Wolf” by Jodi Picoult (Atria Books)

10. “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss (Random House)

NONFICTION

1. “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier” by Ree Drummond (William Morrow & Co.)

2. “The Blood Sugar Solution” by Mark Hyman (Little, Brown)

3. “Eat More of What You Love” by Marlene Koch (Running Press Book Publishers)

4. “Imagine” by Jonah Lehrer (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

5. “American Sniper: The autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History” b…………………continues on San Francisco Chronicle
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Books: New and noteworthy
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We scope out the hottest books on sale the week of April 1.

1.Sacre Bleu: A Comedy of d’Art By Christopher Moore (William Morrow; $ 26.99, fiction, on sale April 3)

What it’s about: After Vincent Van Gogh is murdered, his Impressionist pals (including Toulouse-Lautrec) try to find the culprit in Moore’s comic mystery set in Belle Epoch France. Bonus: comes with color reproductions.

The buzz: Can Moore find the funny in gloomy Van Gogh? If anybody can-can, count on Moore, whose comedic USA TODAY best sellers include Bite Me: A Love Story, Fool and You Suck.

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New Book Encourages Enjoying Faith as Much as Chocolate

New Book Encourages Enjoying Faith as Much as Chocolate
Article from Houston Chronicle:

Dr. Carol Kennedy’s “A Taste of Chocolate for the Soul” offers readers a recipe for happiness

FORT MYERS, Fla. (PRWEB) March 31, 2012

“Do you like chocolate? Do you find it sweet, delicious and satisfying? God’s Word can be the same.” Dr. Carol Kennedy asks – and answers – these questions and more in her new book “A Taste of Chocolate for the Soul” (published by WestBow Press).

“Like chocolate, God’s Word is sweet, satisfying and delicious,” Kennedy writes. She claims chocolate as her modern parable, and shows the reader how the Word sweetens relationships and calms situations. The following excerpt is from “God’s Word is Sweet”, “The Granm…………………continues on Houston Chronicle
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SC Haley’s new book to catapult her national image
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COLUMBIA, S.C. – 

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley identifies herself with the tea party movement that helped propel her to the state’s top office in 2010 in a book designed to promote her story on the national stage.

“One of the main reasons that the Tea Party and I are such a natural fit is that they understand the importance of putting principles before politics,” she writes in “Can’t Is Not an Option,” to be released Tuesday. “We have been brothers and sisters in arms ever since.”

Not exactly. The book comes out at a time when many state activists say they’re highly disappointed by her job performance – even suspecting she’ll be a one-term governor. Tea party activists representing various groups recently held a news conference outside her Statehouse office to protest what they consider unacceptable compromise on a restructuring bill.

“I see Nikki Haley as more of the same,” said Randy Simpson, founder of the Seneca Tea Party. “We expected more.”

But her national image seems untarnished by in-state criticism. The Republican governor recently campaigned for Mitt Ro…………………continues on Lake Wylie Pilot

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Book Review | ‘American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor …

Book Review | ‘American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor …
Article from Louisville Courier-Journal:

Without knowing they were looking at new Ford vehicles back in 2008, consumers rated them as appealing and valuable in the automaker’s market research surveys. But when they saw the blue Ford oval on the front grill, their opinions fell.

That was how little appeal Ford Motor Co. had in the marketplace in 2008 as Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally challenged managers to deal honestly with one another about problems, sought financial sacrifice from the United Auto Workers, and began the process of selling off such money-draining luxury brands as Jaguar and Volvo.

Relaying anecdotes from senior executives of key moments during Ford’s comeback, Detroit News reporter Bryce Hoffman follows Mulally’s trail in “American Icon: Alan Mulally and The Fight To Save Ford Motor Co.”

The short version of Ford’s success is a familiar one. It’s the only domestic automaker that did not seek government loans and avoided filing bankruptcy in the aftermath of the nation’s financial collapse in 2008.

Upon leaving Toyota, where he was a marketing star at Scion and Lexus, Jim Farley recounts how his nerves were so frayed at the prospect of joining Ford tha…………………continues on Louisville Courier-Journal
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Book review: “Escape From Camp 14” by Blaine Harden
Article from Salt Lake Tribune:

Hitler’s death camps, Stalin’s gulag and Pol Pot’s killing fields are now the stuff of history, but the unspeakable horrors they evoke still endure in the labor camps of North Korea.

However, the veil of secrecy that has kept the camps off the world’s radar screen may now be less opaque thanks to the courage of a young man who was born in the harshest of those prisons and at age 23 miraculously escaped and made his way to the West.

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Shin Dong-hyuk’s story, told by veteran journalist Blaine Harden in Escape From Camp 14, details how Shin was bred by camp gu…………………continues on Salt Lake Tribune
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Book review: ‘The Crisis of Zionism,’ by Peter Beinart

Book review: ‘The Crisis of Zionism,’ by Peter Beinart
Article from Washington Post:

Many books have been written on the Israeli-Palestinian struggle — by reporters, elected officials, diplomats, novelists, poets, human rights workers, Nobel laureates and ordinary citizens. But Peter Beinart’s “The Crisis of Zionism” stands out not least for the avalanche of attention it has received even before publication. It is also unusual because it offers little in the way of personal reporting on the Israelis or the Palestinians themselves. Instead, Beinart’s book is mainly about the response to this searing and seemingly intractable conflict among American Jews, who, though living far from the dusty battlegrounds, are nonetheless regarded as the linchpin by certain people on both ends of the political spectrum.

Beinart frames his book as a passionate polemic on the fatal threat that Israel’s occupation of the West Bank poses to that country’s liberal democratic ideals. The object of his jeremiad is not Israeli rightists or Palestinian terror groups but t…………………continues on Washington Post
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Book review: ‘Threats’ by Amelia Gray
Article from Los Angeles Times:
Threats

A Novel

Amelia Gray

Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 281 pp., $ 14 paper

In her bracing debut novel, “Threats,” Los Angeles transplant Amelia Gray writes one of the most gorgeously clinical paragraphs about a blackhead you’ll likely ever read. The description is somewhere between a David Attenborough nature documentary, soft-core pornography and David Cronenberg’s 1986 movie “The Fly.” Here are a few choice lines regarding the blackhead’s existence and its extraction by a skilled facialist:

“The woman layered the [blackhead] with oil-based makeup, nourishing it, growing it like a seedpod covered by a warm layer of earth. When Aileen birthed it into her metal scoop, the woman sighed with the effort and release of it. Aileen brushed the lancet blade of her extractor over the edge of the woman’s lip with a surgeon’…………………continues on Los Angeles Times
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Scott Martelle’s new book, “Detroit: A Biography”

Scott Martelle’s new book, “Detroit: A Biography”
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Scott Martelle is a journalist and author. His new book Detroit: A Biography chronicles the history of the city from the 17oo’s to the present day. He was also a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times and the Detroit News.

Martelle believes there was a point in history when Detroit had an opportunity to diversify its manufacturing.

“Just after World War II when the auto industry was retooling from war footing from making tank and armaments back to making motor vehicles, they really had a chance then to change the industrial fabric of Detroit. So they missed a crucial opportunity then.”

Martelle also points to the 1949 mayoral race between Albert Cobo and George Edwards as a major turning point. “And even though Detroit at that time was a democratic city, and the UAW was hugely popular, he lost that election primarily because of race issues, white Detroit just did not want to de-segregate.”

How important has race been to Detroit’s development? “Oh massively,” says Martelle, “the exodus from Detroit began in the 50’s.”

In the interview Martelle points to a late 1940’s Supreme Court case, which struck down ol…………………continues on NPR
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Watch George RR Martin read new book, classic Disney apps
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By Lindsay Deutsch, USA TODAY

Here’s a look at what’s buzzing in the books world today:

–New George R.R. Martin: There’s good news and bad news for Game of Thrones fans. Watch Martin, the mastermind behind the fantasy series-turned-popular HBO show, read from his upcoming sixth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter. But fans will to have to wait for the real thing. Martin tells CTV News he has written about 200 pages so far and plans to finish in about two years.

–Author Harry Crews dies: The thrill-seeking, cult favorite novelist died Wednesday in Florida at 76. Crews wrote…………………continues on USA TODAY

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Brooklyn dad turns son’s death into crusade for change in new book blasting …

Brooklyn dad turns son’s death into crusade for change in new book blasting …
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Doron Weber, a Brooklyn dad who has authored a book, ‘Immortal Bird’, about his dying teenage son Damon, and the family’s battle with Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, which they charge fatally misdiagnosed Damon.

A Brooklyn dad is turning his teenage son’s death at the hands of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital into a crusade of change.

Writer Doron Weber, 56, released his new book “Immortal Bird” last month detailing the life of 16-year-old Damon — a Brooklyn Tech junior who died seven years ago Friday after undergoing a heart transplant at the sprawling Washington Heights medical complex.

Buzz about the memoir is growing as health experts rally behind Weber charging that big shot doctors made the fatal mistake of misdiagnosing the boy sick with an infection from the six-figure procedure.

“The health care system is no longer about patients. It’s about the bottom line,” said Weber from Windsor Terrace, now a father…………………continues on New York Daily News

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Mike Doughty’s new book: a bunch of drug stories
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Mike Doughty (By Deborah Lopez/Paradigm)

If you go

What: Mike Doughty

When: 9 p.m. Sunday

Where: Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder

Cost: $ 22

Info: foxtheatre.com

Mike Doughty, who was in a band in the ’90s called Soul Coughing and became well acquainted with the illicit side of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, has written a memoir with the tantalizing title “The Book of Drugs.”

The first line of the press release that came with an advance copy reads, “Rock and roll lore is full of stories about artists getting sucked into the drug-fueled, sex-crazed underworld of stardom — and musician Mike Doughty is no exception.”

Interested yet?…………………continues on Daily Camera
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Book review: ‘Lives of the Novelists’ by John Sutherland

Book review: ‘Lives of the Novelists’ by John Sutherland
Article from Los Angeles Times:
My assignment: Read almost 300 literary biographies in more than 800 pages, all of English-language authors, beginning in the 17th century and ending in the present day. “That’s like reading a reference book!” said a shocked friend. Yes, but no: Every entry in “Lives of the Novelists” is written by just one person, British critic John Sutherland, so the book has an internal continuity that makes it read like history, not an encyclopedia. And Sutherland’s writing is just plain delightful.

“He spent money he did not have on finery all his life,” he writes of Oliver Goldsmith (“The Vicar of Wakefield”), adding, “The tailors of London wept at his death.” Raymond Chandler went to France: “What he did in Paris is unknown other than that, to his later chagrin, he neglected to lose his virginity.” continues on Los Angeles Times
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Book review: ‘Damn Yankees’ and the passions they stir
Article from Los Angeles Times:
A couple of years ago, for Father’s Day, my family bought me the interactive video game MLB 2K9 for the Wii. The great thing about the game, and also its enduring frustration, is its verisimilitude — playing as the 2009 New York Yankees, I had access to all those players, all that talent, although I often couldn’t make them win. Usually, I’d play against the machine but on occasion with my then-11-year-old daughter, Sophie, an avowed Yankees hater and (even worse) a Los Angeles Times
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Scholastic Announces Updated U.S. In-print Figures for Suzanne Collins’s …

Scholastic Announces Updated U.S. In-print Figures for Suzanne Collins’s …
Article from Sacramento Bee:

/PRNewswire/ — Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today announced the first update since January 2012 of U.S. in-print figures for Suzanne Collins’s bestselling The Hunger Games trilogy.  The series has grown steadily since fall 2008 and The Hunger Games has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for three consecutive years. Readers flocked to the books in anticipation of the release of the record-setting “The Hunger Games” movie.  As of today, Scholastic has more than 36.5 million copies of the original three books in The Hunger Games trilogy in print in the U.S. (more than 17.5 million copies of The Hunger Games; more than 10 million copies of Catching Fire; and more than 9 million copies of Mockingjay).

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“Suzanne Collins has created a vivid and compelling future wor…………………continues on Sacramento Bee
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‘Big Nate’ books rise in popularity, with a comic twist
Article from Los Angeles Times:
If there’s a common thread among bestselling books for elementary school boys, it’s the merry mischief maker traipsing through a comics-laden landscape. It is now a common literary trajectory that boys begin their independent reading lives following Dav Pilkey’s prankster duo in the “Captain Underpants” series before moving on to Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books and the more recent phenom, “Big Nate,” from author and illustrator Lincoln Peirce.

Peirce isn’t as well known as Pilkey or Kinney, though all three authors are in their 40s. Peirce has racked up 4 million sales since his first book was published in 2009, but that pales next to Pilkey (with more than 50 million copies in print) and Kinney (58 million). Peirce’s success, however, has taken more time to arrive. He’s been penning Big Nate as a daily comic strip for more than 20 years.

“Big Nate is almost two separate entities,” said Peirce, 49, who started the comic strip in 1991 to amuse hims…………………continues on Los Angeles Times
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In new book, Arlen Specter gives the naked truth about senators

In new book, Arlen Specter gives the naked truth about senators
Article from Washington Post:

Naked senators, Dick Cheney downing fried chicken and a “hobo” Fed chairman. Former senator Arlen Specter’s new book, “Life Among the Cannibals,” has its moments.

On Tuesday, we brought you the squirm-inducing revelation from its pages that Specter thought vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin “radiated sensuality.”

For those who can’t get enough hotness from Arlen, here’s more:

He has seen Ted Kennedy naked (p. 67). “For years when [people] groused about Senate perks, I’d reply, ‘You wouldn’t say that if you had to see Ted Kennedy naked in the gym.’ ”

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New book claims Tiger Woods ordered porn movies during Irish Ryder Cup
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Ireland’s most exclusive golf club has denied that it provided porn movies for golfing legend Tiger Woods when he stayed there during the Ryder Cup in 2006.

The Irish Independent reports the allegation is made in the…………………continues on IrishCentral
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)

The paperback edition of the legendary, record-breaking, best-selling fourth Harry Potter novel.

Harry Potter is midway through his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup. He wants to find out about the mysterious event that’s supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards. And in his case, different can be deadly.In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling offers up equal parts d

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Mets’ R.A. Dickey reveals details of child-sex abuse in new book

Mets’ R.A. Dickey reveals details of child-sex abuse in new book
Article from Boston Herald:

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — His silence helped craft his prison, leaving R.A. Dickey, like countless other victims of sexual abuse, exiled behind a wall of secrets.

It is his greatest regret that he said nothing.

On his first day as a public victim of sexual abuse, Dickey summoned the courage that he long kept stifled. The Mets pitcher’s new book, “Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball,” hits shelves Thursday.

And it arrives with the surprising and tragic revelation that Dickey was abused by two people — first a female baby sitter, then a male teenager — when he was 8.

“Part of being sexually abused is you feel like you’re damaged,” Dickey told a group of reporters at Digital Domain Park on Tuesday afternoon. “You feel like if people knew the truth, then you would be looked at in a certain light. Or you would be broken, fractured … so you don’t risk it. And that’s one of the things I wish I would have done better.”

In the book, Dickey recounts the grisly circumstances surrounding those encounters. The details are graphic; the stories, horrifying.</…………………continues on Boston Herald
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Wade to release new book on fatherhood
Article from NBA.com:

MIAMI (AP) – Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat is becoming an author.

William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced Wednesday plans to release “A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball” in September. The book talks in part about Wade’s struggles growing up in Chicago and how he’s incorporating some of the lessons he learned into raising his own family.

“For me, it was therapeutic to do this,” Wade told The Associated Press.

Wade was awarded sole custody of his two sons in March 2011 after a long court battle with his ex-wife, who remains in the boys’ lives. The 2006 NBA Finals MVP and eight-time All-Star said he hopes the book will show fans a side of him that they have yet to see.

“I don’t have to share it with people,” Wade said. “But I felt there was a need. So many people came up to me in this process, so many fathers, so many men came up to me to congratulate me and to ask me how, how I did it and why I believed I could do it.”

While the book is about fatherhood, Wade said it also features much of his own childhood. Wade spent much of this past offseason…………………continues on NBA.com
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Sandcastles of Love

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When Logan Becker’s family embarks on a summer “house swapping” vacation in a beach town in Oregon, Logan is overjoyed. Similarly, Tricia Merrit, the daughter of the other family, is thrilled to be in the farm belt of Minnesota.

Logan falls in love with the beach boy surfer of her dreams, but soon she discovers he’s Tricia’s boyfriend. Logan’s dreams are shattered. Meanwhile, there’s another boy who is attracted to Logan—the totally uncool Grant Duncan who is busy trying to launch a campaign to clean the local beaches. Can Logan come to realize that true love often reveals itself in unexpected ways?

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