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PBS' fall schedule will examine President John F. Kennedy's life and his death 50 years ago through a modern lens, part of the network's increased emphasis on relevance, its programming chief said.
Charlie Sheen has been far too busy with his at-home drug rehab project lately to spend much time reading his contract. But he seems sure of one thing: It contains no provision that says he can’t enjoy himself as he pleases.
Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. Globally and politically, our environment, as we know it, is changing, and fast. Just about everyone who's anyone weighs in on the nation's economic and political turmoil and social ills.
There are books out there, right now, hot off the presses, to accommodate every taste, every passion and every personal library. But what makes a good book for one reader is a bust for another. What keeps me reading? Passages like the ones found in the debut novel "Who By Fire" by Diana Spechler.
A storm is brewing in the bid for the White House; and Sarah Palin, the 11th governor of Alaska and Republican vice presidential candidate, is the eye of the storm. Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaskas Political Establishment Upside Down, by Kaylene Johnson will convince readers that nobody knows Sarah Palin better than Sarah Palin.
Never, ever underestimate the power of a well-written memoir. Keep the Faith by Faith Evans with Aliya S. King is one of those unforgettable journeys in print where readers embark on the bumpy roller coaster ride we call life. Evans' emotional passage begins in Newark, New Jersey and ends in Atlanta, Georgia.
"Mike's Election Guide 2008," courtesy of Michael Moore, is a liberal, no-holds-barred examination of our politics. Pages explode with so much humor, you'll find yourself laughing out loud at Moore's sharp wit on serious topics such as health care, childcare, taxes and terrorism. Is he for real? Yep (from the cover photo of the tiny flagpin pictured on his shirt to the handy appendix). But mostly, he's extremely entertaining.
If you're a die-hard Elvis Presley fan, you can never get enough Elvis stuff.
Boys find books most engaging when content is gross, humorous, edgy or just plain silly. Ask any parent. And according to experts, it's normal.
Labor Day is fast approaching and unofficially marks the end of summer. Seasonal items and skimpy outfits will be packed up and stored away ... until the next hint of warm weather. Now is a great time to dust off the old bookshelf and redo your to-read list.
"Although black people represent only about one in eight Americans, one in every two people living with HIV in the United States is black," according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Marvelyn Brown is one of them.
Do you believe in ghosts? Spirits? Alien abduction? Life after death? Are you an X-Files fan? Read this review and you could soon become one. 'The X-Files: Book of the Unexplained' Volumes I and II by Jane Goldman is right on time.
Teens, too young to vote, purchase cigarettes or beer, are indicted for murder and sentenced to life imprisonment or death. Susan Kuklin, author of "No Choirboy," stresses the importance of two questions in the appeals process: "Are you the sum total of your worst acts?" and "Are we able to determine, justly, what punishment people deserve for their worst act?"
They say it all the time when a young singer-songwriter talks about experiences beyond his years: You have to have loved to write a love song; experience loss to write its bitter foil.
Breena Clarke's latest novel, "Stand the Storm," spins an engaging, 1850s tale of a strong bond, despite slavery, between mother and son. Clarke captures the heartache of separation, both fleeting and endless. Her prose is intelligent, direct and a voice of the times.
Shenkman, an Emmy Award-winning, investigative reporter, bestselling author and historian, dissects the pathetic voter. His debate is opinionated, informative and thorough, but harsh. He believes that we're all in this together.
It's the first day of school at Esther Percy, an all-girls facility in New England. Catherine, homely, but popular, and beautiful Skye Butterfield are friends within seconds after meeting. Personal privileges are scarce at the prestigious prep school chosen as a last resort by parents desperately seeking miracles.
I've made quite a few references to the Fleet Foxes over the last few weeks. I try to stop writing about them but they won't let me.
Mystery, science fiction, fantasy and romance novels are on display. Shiny, new paperbacks, as well as discounted titles are neatly stacked on long rows of tables, stretching the length of an aisle. Creative book covers beckon; I can't write fast enough. Today, I'm a spy ... cruising local bookstores to find out what's hot in adult fiction.
No one seems to notice the intense warmth in the crowded, book-filled room of Quail Ridge Books & Music located in Raleigh, N.C. All eyes are on Hill Harper, author of "Letters of a Young Sister: DeFINE Your Destiny. Its debut follows a lot of buzz and fans are eager to support it. How does it compare to the author's first best seller, "Letters to A Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny?"
They don't make Halloween specials like they used to.
Celebrate summer's sizzling temperatures with some really cool books. Summer begins June 21, and what better way to jump start your carefree days than with fun, unassigned reading.
If youre not a golfer, theres not much point in buying Carl Hiaasens latest book "The Downhill Lie: A Hackers Return to a Ruinous Sport" (Knopf, 207 pages, $22). Its full of insider humor.
Paul Coates, a hard-nosed, militant father, applies strict principles and dire consequences in raising all seven of his children who were conceived by four different women. But Ta-Nehisi is his greatest challenge hes awkward, offbeat and the exact opposite of his father when it comes to wooing the ladies.
Get prepped for a lesson in higher education with the "Prepared Parent's Operational Manual: Sending Your Child to College." Authors Marie Pinak Carr, Katharine Carr, Ann Carr and Elizabeth Carr provide a useful guide that targets parents who need assistance navigating the difficult transition from high school to college. Students, too, will benefit from this informative college manual.
Was Pat Tillman killed by friendly fire or was he taken down by the enemy? "Boots on the Ground by Dusk" attempts to answer this question. Mary Tillman, mother of Pat Tillman, pens this book along with Narda Zacchino. Mary's emotional and vivid account of her son's death and possible deception by the U.S. Army provoke emotions that most save for the inevitable and the unimaginable. Well, fratricide and the possible violation of the Geneva Conventions are unimaginable.
Summer is almost here, but now is the time for plenty of sun, fireworks, movies, parades, camping, cookouts and annoying picnic ants. But the best thing about May is Memorial Day and that long-awaited family reunion bearing the familiar scent of smoke from a fired-up grill. Get cooking with "Bobby Flay's Grill It!" and prepare to to impress those hungry guests.
As heroines go, Olive Kitteridge is about as far away from a Disney princess as Maine is from Florida. Before her retirement, the gruff 60-something was the seventh-grade math teacher that kids were scared of. And the years havent exactly mellowed her. Olive had a way about her that was absolutely without apology, a former co-worker thinks. (Imagine that Miss Viola Swamp, the witchy substitute teacher from the childrens classic Miss Nelson is Missing, moved to rural Maine and got married.)
Warren Jeffs becomes leader and prophet of the Fundamentalist of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) in September 2002, after the death of his father. Years later, he is convicted in Utah on two counts of being an accomplice to rape. His extremism knows no boundaries.
Carolyn Jessop fears for her life and the survival of her eight children. "Ugly realities" highlight her first-person account of a life inside a religious cult known as the Fundamentalist of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS).
Marriage in the FLDS is a divine revelation. The prophet receives the news and then tells the couple. And in keeping with tradition, Carolyn Jessop is forced to marry Merril Jessop, who soon becomes one of the most exalted men in the polygamist community. Carolyn is 18; Merril is 50. They enter into an arranged marriage that is actually part of a business deal between Merril and her father.
Isaac Carbajal, a fourth grader at Leesville Road Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C., reviews "Diary of a Wimpy Kid Rodrick Rules" Series 2. "I really liked how the author wrote this story, and the illustrations are great! I really hope he writes more books."
Dreams do come true. Just ask author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney, author and illustrator of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" Series 1 and 2. Book lovers are huge fans of this popular series about middle school mischief and Kinney can't crank them out fast enough.
Today, despite the popularity of cable television, video games and anything electronic, many kids still find time to read. Isaac Carbajal, a fourth grader at Leesville Road Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C., proves that young readers will always embrace a good book. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" Series 1 and 2 by Jeff Kinney captures the attention of book lover Carbajal and readers nationwide.
Children's Book Week is an annual event that began in 1919. Public libraries go all out for this national celebration of children's literature. Activities include creative book cover contests, book readings, sleepovers, author presentations, bumper sticker contests and even a favorite book contest. There's a lot of positive buzz, including my personal praises, about a new children's book titled, "Ancient Egypt: A First Look at People of the Nile," by author and illustrator Bruce Strachan. He successfully resurrects a kingdom that existed two thousand years ago.
Except for the signs, speechifying and time of day, it could've been any other rock show. Arcade Fire and Superchunk played a get-out-the-vote rally for presidential candidate Barack Obama today, drawing several thousand people to Carrboro Town Commons on an unseasonably warm afternoon.
Books make great gifts for moms, and I highly recommend "Daufuskie Island," originally published in 1982 by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe. This visual diary of sorts offers a 25th Anniversary Edition of stunning photographs that tell a unique story through the powerful lens of a camera.
My escape from reality arrives in an attractive hardcover, imprinted with the words "Bulls Island" by Dorothea Benton Frank. This tale provides all the necessary ingredients for a steamy romance ... love, betrayal, lust and intrigue. Find a quiet spot to read, open this book to Chapter One and revel in the hot and humid oasis of Charleston County, where southern roots boast wetlands of swamps, marshes, bugs and imposing alligators.
Nick Macfarlane and his friends K, Scotty and Ronnie are four of the coolest characters to ever set foot in the world of dramatic poetry. The pack are inseparable and unlucky in love, with the exception of Nick, who is crazy in love with Carla, a smart girl from the other side of the tracks.
Young blues musician Sean Costello was found dead in his Atlanta hotel room late Tuesday.
The Lost Supreme: The Life of Dreamgirl Florence Ballard by Peter Benjaminson delves into the life of Ballard as a feisty teen, a determined mother and one of the four original Supremes. Her personal struggles will break hearts, and although the tragic outcome of this biography is well known, fans still hope for a miracle.
The dream of Cuban independence sparked both hope and resistance. So it seems fitting that the bold mountains of Cuba were the backdrop for some of the most personal poetry ever written.
Word on the Street: Puyallup City Council approves appointments to new citizens task force on homelessness
- Fallen Tacoma firefighter lived life filled with discoveries, explorations
- Morning links: Deflating news on Hawks has columnist questioning prediction of perfect season
- Proctors bike-rack bureaucracy tests patience of local Boy Scout
- Harvin's versatility is tantalizing, as long as he stays upright
- Man critically injured in Frederickson motorcycle crash was off-duty King County deputy
- 364 Secrecy ignited firestorms over Benghazi, IRS
- 171 Aide: Obama learned about IRS from news accounts
- 118 He set out to disprove a faith, woo a girl now he loves both
- 75 Narrows tolls to rise; more hikes possible as debt and lack of traffic may push maximum amount over $6 prediction
- 30 Party lines blur at transportation rally