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“My Penguin Year: Life Among the Emperors,” William Morrow, by Lindsay McCrae
“Mighty Justice: My Life in Civil Rights,” Algonquin Books, by Dovey Johnson Roundtree and Katie McCabe
SEATTLE — Can old dogs teach us new tricks? Scientists are looking for 10,000 pets for the largest-ever study of aging in canines. They hope to shed light on human longevity too.
BERLIN — For nearly three decades, the Berlin Wall encircled West Berlin, built by communist East German authorities ostensibly to protect the country from “fascists,” but in reality to prevent their own citizens from fleeing into the democratic half of the divided city, a portal to the rest…
XINING, China — There’s a building boom on the Tibetan plateau, one of the world’s last remote places. Mountains long crowned by garlands of fluttering prayer flags are newly topped with sprawling steel power lines. At night, the illuminated signs of Sinopec gas stations cast a red glow over…
"The Night Fire," Little, Brown and Co., by Michael Connelly
“Ducks, Newburyport,” Biblioasis, by Lucy Ellmann
Steven W. Horn speaks about his characters like he knows them personally. And on some level, he does.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The discovery of two fossilized dinosaur skeletons intertwined in what looks like a final death match could make a Montana ranching couple rich beyond their dreams. Or they may have to share the wealth.
“Finding Chika: a little girl, an earthquake, and the making of a family” (Harper), by Mitch Albom
My husband and I have a Thanksgiving routine. Before the family arrives or the turkey is carved, we gather in the living room. As Christmas music plays in the background, he turns on his laptop, and I mine.
BERLIN (AP) — An escape tunnel underneath the Berlin Wall opened to the public on Thursday for the first time amid celebrations of the 30-year anniversary of the opening of communist East Germany’s border.
NEW YORK (AP) — Fifty years ago, beloved entertainer Carol Burnett appeared on the very first broadcast of a quirky TV program that featured a bunch of furry puppets.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When Dena Espenscheid answered an advertisement on social media offering a weekend vacation to an unknown destination, her sister warned her she was going to get kidnapped.
KINIGI, Rwanda — Deep in the rainforest of Volcanoes National Park, a 23-year-old female gorilla named Kurudi feeds on a stand of wild celery. She bends the green stalks and, with long careful fingers, peels off the exterior skin to expose the succulent inside.
“Classic Krakauer: Essays on Wilderness and Risk,” Anchor Books, by Jon Krakauer
“Blue Moon: a Jack Reacher Novel,” Delacorte Press, by Lee Child
“The End Is Always Near: Apocalyptic Moments, from the Bronze Age Collapse to Nuclear Near Misses,” Harper, by Dan Carlin.
NEW YORK — It’s not just eBay anymore. A slew of websites and apps act as virtual thrift stores for vintage devotees, deal hunters and those just looking to unload stuff they don’t want anymore.
BERLIN (AP) — Sister Brigitte Queisser walks slowly along the decaying remains of the Berlin Wall, its rusty rebar reinforcement exposed where the concrete has crumbled away. The 77-year-old pauses to catch her breath, opens a gate and steps from the former democratic West Berlin into what u…
“Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch,” Farrar, Straus and Giroux, by Alexandra Jacobs
ULURU, Australia (AP) — Nature seemed to be siding with indigenous Australians’ demand for Uluru to be respected as a sacred site on Friday when high winds threatened to prematurely end the generations-old tradition of climbing the sandstone monolith.
"The Women of the 116th Congress: Portraits of Power," Abrams, by The New York Times, foreword by Roxane Gay, portraits by Elizabeth D. Herman and Celeste Sloman
“One Day: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America,” Blue Rider Press, by Gene Weingarten
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“Blues in the Dark: a Thriller,” Arcade Books, by Raymond Benson
“Curious Toys,” Little, Brown and Co., by Elizabeth Hand
CHERRY LOG, Ga. (AP) — Along a bustling four-lane highway that winds through the north Georgia mountains, an unassuming wooden structure breaks the monotony of churches, billboards and stores selling kitschy knickknacks.
LOS ANGELES — The bat used by Babe Ruth to slug his 500th career home run in 1929 is going up for auction, nearly 75 years after he gave it to a friend whose family has kept it ever since.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The weed is expensive, the selection is limited, the black market persists, and licensed stores are scarce.
"Elevator Pitch: a Novel" (William Morrow), by Linwood Barclay
“Full Throttle: Stories” (William Morrow) by Joe Hill
CAIRO — Egypt displayed a gilded ancient coffin from the first century B.C. on Tuesday, which New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art returned last week after U.S. investigators determined it to be a looted antiquity.
SALT LAKE CITY — In another sign that California condors are making a comeback in the wild three decades after nearing the brink of extinction, a condor chick left its nest and made its first attempt at flight in Utah’s Zion National Park.
NEW YORK — While trying to lose weight, Becky Beach found assistance in an unlikely place: thousands of online videos featuring people binging on massive amounts of ramen, burgers, chicken wings and seafood boils brimming with crab and lobster.
“The Institute” (Scribner), by Stephen King
“This Tender Land: a Novel” (Atria Books), by William Kent Krueger
NEW YORK — Around climate-change protests, tears linger. Youthful activists cite all-too depressing science and develop angst. They grieve for a future they worry they’ll never have.
“The Stranger Inside,” Park Row, by Lisa Unger
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Sandra shows little interest as she slowly shuffles past the structure of beams and ropes built for her to climb on inside her concrete enclosure in Argentina’s capital. Outside are tall buildings and traffic that bear no resemblance to the lush forests where o…
NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Country music is a uniquely American art form, with its roots in the fiddle from European immigrants and the African banjo all the way through its explosion as a commercial art form that has reflected the social, economic and cultural changes within our country.
“The Fifth Column” (Minotaur), by Andrew Gross
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are addicted to snacks, and food experts are paying closer attention to what that might mean for health and obesity.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When officials at a Catholic high school in South Carolina learned that a 16-year-old student made videos of himself firing a gun and using racial slurs, they alerted police, but not parents. After the videos made it into the news over the summer, the backlash came quickly.