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At the Close of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s ‘My Struggle,’ a Magician Loses His Touch

In the third and final section he shows his wife, Linda, what he has written about her and their children in his first book. She weeps, but she seems strong enough to take it. She is not strong enough to take it. In the very affecting final section, Linda has a mental breakdown (she had […]

Music-themed books recommended for ages 12+

Music can bring us closer to each other and strengthen the bonds of a community, says psychologist Jill Suttie. For the characters in these books, music is more than recreational, it’s a means of survival. These stories are about the true beauty of music — that no matter who you are or where you come […]

Japanese Billionaire Books First Moonshot Aboard SpaceX’s ‘Big Falcon Rocket’

SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk, left, shakes hands with Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, right, on Monday, after announcing that he will be the first private passenger on a trip around the moon. Chris Carlson/AP hide caption toggle caption Chris Carlson/AP SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk, left, shakes hands with Japanese billionaire […]

Sonia Sotomayor’s Book Tour Is a Hit With Hispanic Kids: ‘I Like How She Stood Up for Herself’

That was a sentiment Melissa Morales, 11, knows well. As a fifth grader, she said, she read 114 books during the school year. She sat in the front row during the event, and her mouth opened in surprise when Justice Sotomayor admitted that she often misbehaved as a child. (Justice Sotomayor’s family nicknamed her “ají,” […]

In ‘Transcription,’ Kate Atkinson Delivers a Story of Wartime Espionage

Kate Atkinson has cited “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” as one of her favorite books, so it’s fitting that her new novel, “Transcription,” has its own version of the White Rabbit. He appears relatively early in Atkinson’s story: only one jump back in time after a brief 1981 sequence in which the heroine, Juliet Armstrong, is […]

Reading Popular Science Books In The Age Of Bad Science

I’m reading Charles Duhigg’s book “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business”, and it’s leaving me with an uneasy feeling. Duhigg is a great reporter, whose work in the New York Times I enjoy and that is why I bought the book. But in the age of the […]

5 new books you won’t want to miss this week: Khaled Hosseini, Doris Kearns Goodwin

“Sea Prayer” by Khaled Hosseini(Photo: Riverhead) USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week. 1. “Sea Prayer” by Khaled Hosseini; illustrated by Dan Williams (Riverhead, fiction, on sale Sept. 18) What it’s about: An illustrated poem inspired by the story of Alan Kurdi, the 3-year-old Syrian refugee who drowned trying […]

From ‘Fire and Fury’ to ‘Fear’: 4 books that rocked the Trump White House

Stormy Daniels’ upcoming memoir about her alleged relationship with Donald Trump, announced last week on ABC News’ “The View,” could be the latest book claiming to provide an inside look at the president and his White House. Daniels’ upcoming memoir — titled “Full Disclosure” and set to be released on Oct. 2 — could be […]

Bob Woodward: By the Book

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves? “Alone Together,” by Christian Williams, a former colleague from The Washington Post. It’s the story of his single-handed ocean sail in a 32-foot sloop, 2,700 miles from Southern California to Hawaii and back. Discovery: When you think you are alone, you are not. You […]

On the Books: An All-Book Edition Of Pop Culture Happy Hour

A special episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour also warrants an extra special panel. Sam Brewster/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Sam Brewster/Getty Images A special episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour also warrants an extra special panel. Sam Brewster/Getty Images Today, we take a break from TV and movies to talk about some of […]