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Did George Bush Really Write That Book About His Father?

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Lev Raphael

All over the country, newspaper reviewers are wasting space reviewing George Bush's biography about his father. Whether they pan it or praise it, they'll say over and over, as Michiko Kakutani recently did in The New York Times, things like "he writes--" or "he says--" Does he?

Five Books About Ray Bradbury

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 10.21.2014 | Books
Steven Paul Leiva

An author of his genius, his very individual voice, achieves an immortality -- or at least a vastly longer than normal lifespan. And to read his novels and short stories is to know Ray.

The Story That Won't Go Away: The Making of the Atomic Bomb

Shirley Streshinsky | Posted 09.30.2014 | Books
Shirley Streshinsky

A wave of new books and shows has washed into the summer of 2014, all built around the theme of the greatest secret of World War II: the making of the atomic bomb.

Joyce Is Still Blooming

Adele Scheele | Posted 08.27.2014 | Books
Adele Scheele

James Joyce is blooming everywhere. New biographies have just appeared about his life as well as that of his publisher and supporter, Sylvia Beach.

You're Never Too Old For a Baby Gift

Donna Fish | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Donna Fish

For this Mother's Day -- which I always advocate as a time to buy yourself a present -- buy yourself a baby book and relive and record that early history of when your first was born. (Or that early history of your growing family.)

Storming the Gates: My Gonzo Misadventures in Dennis HopperLand

Tom Folsom | Posted 05.04.2013 | Entertainment
Tom Folsom

It was hot and dusty in the high desert of Taos. The scraggly cemetery looked like the set of a spaghetti western. Mourners included biker dudes, Val Kilmer in a Stetson, and Jack Nicholson in moccasins. It was June 2010. Dennis Hopper was about to be buried.

Where Should Biographers Draw The Line?

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 01.14.2013 | Books

NEW YORK — The affair between retired Army Gen. David Petraeus and author Paula Broadwell is but an extreme example of the love/hate history bet...

Ten Books to Celebrate Julia Child's 100th Birthday (SLIDESHOW)

Rocco Staino | Posted 10.09.2012 | Books
Rocco Staino

Gourmets and gourmands are pulling their ten Julia Child's cookbooks off the shelves to help celebrate the culinary icon's 100 birthday on August 15th. But foodies, lovers of pop culture and kids will also find a book to help celebrate Julia's birthday.

Why William S. Burroughs Hated His Biography

Ted Morgan | Posted 09.01.2012 | Books
Ted Morgan

When my book was published, Burroughs was in Chicago. Asked by a Tribune reporter what he thought of it, he said, "it's awful." There's a huge difference between chatting with a friend in your home and seeing your life revealed on the page, hundreds of pages, for thousands to read.

10 Rock Star Bios You Shouldn't Bother Reading

Brian Boone | Posted 02.25.2012 | Books
Brian Boone

Every few months, a big rock star biography or memoir comes out. The pre-release buzz is always major, promising, finally, the truth about that musical icon we all thought we knew. Rarely does that truth happen, though.

Film Biographers Take Center Stage in Bay Area

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 12.27.2011 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

Fortunately, for local film buffs, the San Francisco Bay Area is a hotbed for those interested in just this sort of thing. Anyone interested in early Hollywood will want to check out at least one of three events taking place in the coming weeks.

Do You Still Read Fiction?

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.31.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

Philip Roth has written two dozen novels, yet fiction has lost its appeal for him personally. When asked why, he said he didn't know, and only offered a smart-aleck response: "I wised up."

Publisher Buys Bernie Madoff Biography

The Bookseller | Posted 08.06.2011 | Books

Oneworld has bought UK and Commonwealth rights to a biography of disgraced Ponzi pyramid scheme financier Bernie Madoff....

Donald Trump Comic Book: Will He Be A Superhero Or A Supervillain?

guardian.co.uk | Alison Flood | Posted 07.11.2011 | Books

Whether he will be portrayed as superhero or supervillain remains to be seen, but Donald "The Donald" Trump is set to take a step into the world of co...

Steve Jobs Authorized Biography Coming In 2012

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 06.10.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — Apple CEO Steve Jobs has finally agreed to participate in a book about his life. Simon & Schuster announced Sunday that Walter Isaac...

How to Write Better, in the Words of Mock Amy Sedaris

Joe Woodward | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joe Woodward

Writing is hard. But it's easy, too, like talking and baking. Baking isn't hard. It's the easiest thing to do in the kitchen, besides the microwave...

Apocalypse in Print

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nigel Hamilton

The printed book is dead -- at least, the book as we have known it since Gutenberg. It's going digital not only among the young, but even the ancient.

Famous, Interesting And Dead

John Mitchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
John Mitchinson

Many are world famous, others almost completely forgotten: the only criteria for inclusion were that they be both dead -- and interesting.

Bancroft Prize

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — Biographies of Abigail Adams and Depression-era photographer Dorothea Lange are among the winners of the prestigious Bancroft Prize f...

Presidents' Day History: The Must-Reads Of Presidential Biographies (PHOTOS, POLL)

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kenneth C. Davis

Here is a short list of some of my favorite Presidential biographies -- all what I call "must reads."

Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, And "Cooperative" Biographies

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — Once again, it's Willie Mays vs. Hank Aaron. This time, in the book world....

Charles Dickens Biography Gives A Fascinating New Take On Author's Life

The Los Angeles Times | Tim Rutten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

[I]f you're looking for just one literary life to give as a gift in this holiday season, you won't go wrong by choosing Michael Slater's " Charles Dic...

National Book Awards: What Do You Think? (PHOTOS, POLL)

The Huffington Post | Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The National Book Foundation rolled out the nominations for the 2009 National Book Award on Wednesday, and the winners will be announced November 18. ...

Summer Reading on a Sunny (Doris) Day: David Kaufman's The Untold Story of the Girl Next Door Part I

Penelope Andrew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

There are certain actors we encounter as children having grown up on classic film who have a profound impact on us, and no one knows this better than David Kaufman, author of Doris Day: The Untold Story of the Girl Next Door.