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Scam artist Rick Singer’s college prep books are full of unintentional comedy

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My Father’s Stack of Books

When I was a child, the grownup books in my house were arranged according to two principles. One of these, which governed the downstairs books, was instituted by my mother, and involved achieving a remarkable harmony—one that anyone who has ever tried to organize a home library would envy—among thematic, alphabetic, and aesthetic demands. The […]

Minnesota teachers are taking initiative and writing a different kind of kid’s book

Educators at several St. Paul schools with large Hmong populations struggled to find materials in their own language and with portrayals of Hmong culture and history. So May Lee Xiong and Bounthavy Kiatoukaysy of Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet School began writing their own and having them published by St. Paul Public Schools. “Zab and […]

‘Ways out of the darkness’: books for helping with loss

There are different kinds of loss – of self, of someone else, of a dream. Sometimes a book can speak across these boundaries, reaching out from the particularities of a singular experience to address broader themes. A few years ago I lost my father, someone towards whom my emotions were complex, and it was Elena […]

5 books not to miss: ‘Queenie,’ ‘Save Me From Dangerous Men,’ Harlan Coben’s ‘Run Away’

“Queenie,” by Candice Carty-Williams. (Photo: Simon Schuster) In search of something good to read? USA TODAY’s Barbara VanDenburgh scopes out the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases. 1. “Queenie,” by Candice Carty-Williams (Scout, fiction, on sale March 19) What it’s about: Queenie Jenkins is not having a very good year. The 25-year-old Jamaican Brit […]

Free Books Teach a Love of Reading

No media source currently available Pop-out player Joshua Clark is happy as he sits down to read a book to his son, Mason. But Clark remembers not always being happy about reading. “I remember my mom almost forcing me to read books doing those summer reports right before you got back to school, and it […]

Books galore: 9 local authors talk about Lancaster County and their work

Jon Ferguson, who serves as LNP’s features editor, also is an avid reader across a wide range of genres. The Books section – a regular page with Sunday LNP’s features section – is often the benefactor of his interests and interviews. This Sunday, we thought we’d take a look back at some of his recent […]

These moms couldn’t find bilingual books. So they started a publishing company

Stein, who was pregnant, also wanted to make sure her child was bilingual. In 2014, the pair established Lil’ Libros. They started with three titles, including a picture book about Frida Kahlo and one on Loteria, a bingo game popular in Mexican culture. They used their savings to start it, finding a printing company and […]

Amazon removes books that promoted an autism ‘cure’

NEW YORK (AP) — – Amazon has removed books from its website that promoted “cures” for autism, the latest major company to try to limit the amount of misinformation related to autism and the bogus notion that it’s caused by vaccines. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says there is no cure for autism […]

The Best New Books of March

You ever get wiggly in the spring? Like you’re about to jump out of your skin if you don’t go outside and move around? Maybe it’s the changing light or the longer days, but the interlude between winter and spring can make that feeling even worse. To fill the gap, here’s a batch of books to keep you […]