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'Beautiful' heads to Hippodrome with Carole King's story

Back in an era that now feels so far away, every college dorm room seemed to have a well-used LP of Carole King's "Tapestry." That 1971 album, made in Los Angeles by the Brooklyn-born singer/songwriter, quickly expanded its reach far beyond the campus crowd, selling more than 25 million copies...

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  • Newly discovered Mark Twain children's story to be released in fall

    Newly discovered Mark Twain children's story to be released in fall

    More than a century after his death, Mark Twain's publishing life continues. Doubleday Books for Young Readers announced Friday that it has acquired a fairy tale only recently discovered. The book is called "The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine" and is scheduled for Sept. 26. The work is based...

  • Why reading is essential to making sense of Trump’s America

    Why reading is essential to making sense of Trump’s America

    Escapism. It's a word often used to describe both the motivation for and effect of reading. For me, though, escapism always seemed a cheap and incomplete way to characterize the interplay between a good book and an able reader — but then, we seem to occupy an ever-more Orwellian world in which...

  • Gwyneth Paltrow's new 'Goop' book offers tough lessons on clean living

    Gwyneth Paltrow's new 'Goop' book offers tough lessons on clean living

    It seems as if celebrities are on a mission to help us become healthier, happier versions of ourselves. And they're doing it one wellness book at a time. Cameron Diaz coached us in mastering the art of longevity; Kate Hudson presented us with a lesson in body acceptance. With "Goop Clean Beauty,"...

  • 'Lucky Boy' by Shanthi Sekaran explores illegal immigration and adoption

    'Lucky Boy' by Shanthi Sekaran explores illegal immigration and adoption

    If John Gardner is to be believed, then there are only two plots in all of literature: "A person goes on a journey" and "A stranger comes to town." In her sweeping, deep and strikingly compassionate second novel, "Lucky Boy," Shanthi Sekaran weaves these two elemental narratives with emotionally...

  • Hero librarians create fake reader to save books, outsmart algorithms

    Hero librarians create fake reader to save books, outsmart algorithms

    Two librarians of East Lake County Library in Lake County, Fla., are the subject of investigation for creating a fake patron, "Chuck Finley," who checked out 2,361 books over nine months in 2016. I call them heroes. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the librarians created Mr. Finley when it appeared...

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