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Bad things happen to 'Good People' in Hannah Kent's eerie novel

  Hannah Kent explores the intersection of faith and folklore in 19th century Ireland in her fascinating historical novel, The Good People (Little, Brown, 400 pp., ***½ out of four stars).  Nothing has been quite right since young Micheál arrived at his

Usa Today, today, 07:09

New book: How Howard Hughes helped the CIA steal a Russian sub

As you can guess from the spoiler-alert title of The Taking of K-129: How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History, the CIA was able to retrieve a sunken Soviet submarine and study it for military s

Usa Today, yesterday, 15:18

New memoir recalls Obama speech that didn't quite nail Trump

David Litt, a speechwriter on the staff of President Barack Obama, thought he had nailed it with the words he crafted for Obama's speech at the 2011 White House Correspondents' Association dinner. It was there that Obama, just hours away from watching Os

Usa Today, yesterday, 11:13

5 game-changing gambling tips from a poker pro

Many of the best poker players in the world are the ones who play professionally. These men and women have managed to turn a card game many play for fun into a living – making them some of the best people to go to for poker advice. The following five pok

Usa Today, yesterday, 09:07

Books: New and noteworthy: Nelson DeMille, 'The Cuban Affair'

­ USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week. 1. The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille (Simon & Schuster, fiction, on sale Sept. 19) What it’s about: A charter boat captain in Key West, a former Army officer, is lured...

Usa Today, Sunday, 06:55

Weekend picks for book lovers: 'My Absolute Darling'

What should you read this weekend? USA TODAY’s picks for book lovers include My Absolute Darling, the accclaimed debut by Gabriel Tallent, plus Salman Rusdhie's topical new novel. My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent; Riverhead, 417 pp.; fiction Turtle

Usa Today, Saturday, 06:54

10 books on fiction long list for 2017 National Book Awards

The National Book Foundation has announced the long list of 10 books for the 2017 National Book Award for fiction. Finalists will be revealed on Oct. 4. The nominees: Elliot Ackerman, Dark at the Crossing (Knopf) Daniel Alarcón, The King Is Always Above

Usa Today, Friday, 10:55

Byrnes celebrates Our Lady of Sorrows novena

Skip in SkipxEmbed xShare CLOSE Michael J. Byrnes celebrated the last night of Our Lady of Sorrows Novena Friday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Toto Archbishop Michael J. Byrnes celebrated the last night of the Seven Sorrows of Mary N

Usa Today, Friday, 06:29

10 books on non-fiction long list for 2017 National Book Awards

The National Book Foundation has announced the long list of 10 books for the 2016 National Book Award for non-fiction. Finalists will be revealed on Oct. 4. The nominees:  Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their

Usa Today, Thursday, 11:03

#BookmarkThis: Chat live with author David Lagercrantz about the new Millennium novel

You’ll want to #BookmarkThis. On Sept. 22, join USA TODAY for a Facebook live chat with author David Lagercrantz about his new novel, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye (Knopf, on sale now). #BookmarkThis is a series of live video chats with best-selli

Usa Today, Wednesday, 12:20

Hit movie scares up new readers for Stephen King's 'It'

  Here’s a look at what’s new on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list… 'It' guy: Stephen King fans are staying up in anticipation of Sleeping Beauties, his brand-new fright-fest with the fairy-tale title, on sale Sept. 26. But first, the horror master has

Usa Today, Wednesday, 11:21

You can't always see the 'Forest' for the trees in Nicole Krauss' brainy new novel

Nicole Krauss’ latest novel will let you approach, but do not expect it to invite you in. Forest Dark (Harper, 290 pp., ** ½ out of four stars) is brilliant, inventive and ambitious. It is also meandering, aloof and forbidding. Although it will reward yo

Usa Today, 12 September 2017

Savannah Guthrie's 'Princesses Wear Pants' has an upbeat message for girls

Part the sea of tulle and make room for trousers. Princesses Wear Pants (Abrams Books for Young Readers), a children's book from Today show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie and educator Allison Oppenheim, offers pretend princesses an alternative to ballgowns. 

Usa Today, 12 September 2017

Katy Tur's most 'Unbelievable' moments on the Trump campaign trail

TV  journalist Katy Tur’s wild, bumpy ride on the Trump campaign trail began at the improbable beginning — as the real-estate mogul descended on an escalator at Trump Tower to announce his candidacy on June 16, 2015 — and ended on Election Night, when sh

Usa Today, 12 September 2017

Yolanda Hadid's battle to beat Lyme disease, and haters

If seeing is believing, where does that leave people whose pain is imperceptible? In Believe Me: My Battle with the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease (St. Martin's Press), Yolanda Hadid, the former model and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, lays

Usa Today, 11 September 2017

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