Books

2:08pm

Wed September 24, 2014
Author Interviews

After Childhood Abuse, 'Times' Columnist Says He Chose Life Over Vengeance

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 1:33 pm

Charles Blow is a New York Times columnist. Before that, he worked at the paper as the graphics director and design director for news.
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A new memoir by New York Times columnist Charles Blow begins with him in his car on his way to shoot and kill a man. That man is Blow's older cousin, who allegedly sexually abused Blow when Blow was 7 years old.

Blow, who was 20 when he set out for vengeance, turned back and never pulled the trigger. He finally realized he couldn't continue to live his life "through the eyes of a 7-year-old boy," he writes.

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5:55am

Wed September 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Author J. California Cooper, Whose Simple Prose Drew Acclaim, Dies

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

Acclaimed author J. California Cooper, who famously leaped from the stage to the printed page, has died at the age of 82. According to her daughter, Paris Williams, Cooper passed away Saturday in Seattle. She wrote 17 plays and nearly as many books of fiction.

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2:32pm

Tue September 23, 2014
Book Reviews

A Historic Backdrop Frames Forbidden Love In 'The Paying Guests'

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 7:46 am

Frances has it bad, and that's not good. Normally she's an intelligent, reliable, resourceful young woman, a companion to her widowed mother, keeper of the large house on Champion Hill in which the two of them rattle about, now that the men of the family have died. But then Frances falls in love, and the carefully wrought edifice of her life collapses in a heap of passion and catastrophe.

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5:19am

Tue September 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Gabriel Garcia Marquez Books Go Digital

Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez appeared in public during a celebration marking his 87th birthday on March 6 in Mexico City. He died in April.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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1:26am

Tue September 23, 2014
Author Interviews

Remembering The 'Short And Tragic Life Of Robert Peace'

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 8:02 am

On a May night in 2011, a man was murdered — shot — in a basement just outside Newark, N.J. Cash and marijuana were found at the scene.

Given the circumstances, it might be easy to make assumptions about that man.

Reality, however, is more complex.

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