November 21, 2017

Best Books Q&A: Sheila Weller, author of Girls Like Us

By Anna Katterjohn The bibliography of the 1960s counterculture largely revolves around male rock ‘n’ roll icons—the Beatles, the Stones, Bob Dylan. Women, however, carved out a place for themselves, too, and in the LJ Best Book Girls Like Us, New York Times best-selling author Sheila Weller (Dancing at Ciro’s) tells their stories through the […]

Best Books Q&A: Mahvish Rukhsana Khan, author of My Guantánamo Diary

By Margaret Heilbrun Three years ago, Mahvish Rukhsana Khan, an Afghan American law student in Miami, was granted secret-level security clearance from the Department of Defense, allowing her to use her familiarity with the Pashtun language and culture in support of American legal representation of Afghan detainees at Guantánamo Bay. Her Guantánamo Diary is not […]

Book News: Massive Reorg at Random House

By Michael Rogers Irwyn Applebaum and Steve Rubin gone Random absorbing Bantam Dell Publishing Group Knopf adds Doubleday and Nan A. Talese imprints Crown now includes Broadway, Doubleday Business, Doubleday Religion, and WaterBrook Multnomah Random House chair/CEO Markus Dohle December 3 announced a massive reorganization of the Goliath publisher’s adult divisions, including the departure of […]

Best Books Q&A: Jennifer Lee, author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles

By Ann Burns In her Fortune Cookie Chronicles, Jennifer 8 Lee, a fluent speaker of Mandarin Chinese and a Harvard-educated New York Times reporter, documents her travels around the globe in search of Powerball winners and investigates the secret world of Chinese restaurants. LJ got the dope on her trip to China, visits to libraries, and […]

Best Books Q&A: David Carr, author of The Night of the Gun

By Heather McCormack David Carr has come a longer way than most. The Minnesota-born writer, currently a media columnist for the New York Times, became addicted to cocaine in 1980s Minneapolis. Throughout his junkiedom, he managed to hold down reporting posts and become a parent of twin girls with his coke-addicted girlfriend. Sobriety, cancer, and editorships followed. […]

Best Books Q&A: Philip Zimbardo, coauthor of The Time Paradox

By Heather McCormack Love it or hate it, self-help is gaining respectability, thanks in great part to Philip Zimbardo and John Boyd’s enlightening The Time Paradox. This rigorously researched manual asks readers to examine their relationship with the clock so that they may achieve balance. As Zimbardo himself said, “Our idea is obvious and simple once you think about […]

Book News: Random HouseAdding 6000+ Downloadable Ebooks

By Michael Rogers Major selections from backlist coming Total offerings will be nearly 15,000 downloads Titles available in e-Pub format and more Authors include Terry Brooks, Philip Pullman, Ruth Rendell In a move that indicates a greater commitment to the digital future, Random House November 24 announced that it will make more than 6000 backlist […]

Book News: CelebrityAdvances Balloon

By Michael Rogers Radar claims Palin hunting for $7 million book advance HarperCollins settles on $2.5 million for Sarah Silverman Seinfeld contract expected to be $8 million She lost the election, but Sarah Palin may have struck a mother lode larger than anything she’d mine in her native Alaska. Radar Magazine Online reports that Palin […]

Social Sciences Q&A: Donovan Campbell

By Margaret Heilbrun, Library Journal In Joker One: A Marine Platoon’s Story of Courage, Leadership and Brotherhood, Donovan Campbell describes how, as a new Princeton graduate, he chose to join the U.S. Marines, deploying to Iraq, rather than opting for corporate America, because he wanted “to assume responsibility for something greater than” himself, something where, […]

Happy Birthday, OED!

By Mirela Roncevic Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories This has been a busy year for the folks at Oxford University Press (OUP), not only because the publisher’s online resources continue to multiply in size and substance (including, among others, the recent expansion of Oxford Language Dictionaries Online) but also because OUP’s […]