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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Story of Benedict Arnold's wife may go to film, TV

The story of Benedict Arnold's wife as depicted in a best-selling novel by the daughter of former New York Gov. George Pataki may be headed to the big and small screens.

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Authors Guild Hits Back at Google Ruling

Late Friday afternoon, the Authors Guild filed its appeal in its copyright infringement lawsuit against Google, asking the appellate court to reverse a lower court’s ruling that granted summary judgment to Google, while denying the Guild’s request for partial summary judgment. The suit stems from Google’s scanning of in-copyright books without permission of authors as part of its Library Project. In its appeal, the Guild hammers away on the fact that the Library Project was, at its a core, a commercial initiative by Google and not some noble advance in creating a digital archive of literature. “Google must not be permitted to build its financial empire of the backs of authors,” the brief states.

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New York State Will Increase Funding for Libraries by More Than $1 Million

The state budget includes significant support for local libraries, rejecting Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposed $4 million cut while increasing funding for libraries across the state by $1 million over last year’s budget.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

You Should Have Known

Grace Reinhart Sachs (Get this book)
Manhattan therapist Grace Reinhart Sachs is just about to publish a book condemning women who choose the wrong men. If only single ladies would stop ignoring their instincts, she insists, they'd be able to spot a creep during the first date--and exit accordingly. Luckily, Grace is happily married to a loving and faithful pediatric oncologist... or is she? As Jean Hanff Korelitz's darkly compelling You Should Have Known unfolds, Grace's life begins to unravel. It's an outstanding tale with a perfectly imagined setting and mesmerizing mood. And no one will blame you if you check your partner's cell phone records after you close the book.--Shelf Awareness

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific

Robert D. Kaplan (Get this book)
Foreign affairs scholar Kaplan considers the geopolitics of the South China Sea and makes a compelling argument that the strategically important body of water is likely to become the Mitteleuropa of the twenty-first century, a flashpoint for future regional power struggles with serious international consequences. This is a riveting, multitextured look at an underexamined region of the world and, perhaps, at the anxious, complicated world of the future.--Booklist

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Accident

Chris Pavone (Get this book)
Pavone follows up his best-selling novel, The Expats (2012), with another thriller featuring some of the same characters. The action here involves a manuscript entitled The Accident, which threatens to bring down a media empire owned by Charlie Wolfe, who now aspires to a political career. Almost everyone physically connected with the manuscript starts getting killed in Charlie's desperate attempt to quash this expose of his past. Pavone knows the formula for a best-seller and keeps the reader turning the pages.--Kirkus

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran

Bauer, Shane; Fattal, Joshua; Shourd, Sarah (Get this book)
In this jointly authored memoir, three young, globetrotting journalists recount their two-year imprisonment in Iran. Bauer, Josh Fattal, and Sarah Shourd inadvertently hiked into unmarked Iranian territory where they were arrested and taken to a prison to be interrogated. The book details how the three rebelled against captivity by relying on one another for support and coordinating group hunger strikes. This engaging story portrays the horrors of imprisonment and the danger that awaits any intrepid traveler who becomes mired between the antipathy of two governments.--Booklist

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Weight of Blood

Laura McHugh (Get this book)
In this clever, multilayered debut, McHugh deftly explores the past of an Ozark Mountain family with plenty to hide and the ruthlessness to keep their secrets hidden. Seventeen-year-old Lucy Dane, from Henbane, Mo., is grieving for her murdered friend, Cheri, and her mother, Lila, who vanished soon after Lucy was born. Determined to solve both mysteries, Lucy never realizes just how close the answers might lie. This is an outstanding first novel, replete with suspense, crisp dialogue, and vivid Ozarks color and atmosphere.--Publisher's Weekly

Saturday, April 5, 2014


Phil Klay (Get this book)
Klay's stories are sensational, with vivid characters, biting dialogue, and life within and beyond the Afghan and Iraq wars conveyed with an addictive combination of the mundane and the horrifying. Redeployment is most remarkable, though, for the questions it asks about the aims and effects of war stories themselves, and Klay displays a thoughtful awareness of this literary tradition. That perspective holds these diverse tales together, as his narrators ask why and how war stories are told. What details does a soldier share with civilians? Does one tell it funny or tell it serious? Is the storytelling a further return to war, a redeployment in itself? Those questions, and Klay's exciting new voice, may stay with the reader long after this book is back on the shelf.--Shelf Awareness