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The suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that violated American airspace this week has fueled a diplomatic crisis with the postponement of Secretary of State Anthony Blinken's planned trip to Beijing.

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Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, Jan. 28, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2023 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2023, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Lessons in Chemistry. Bonnie Garmus. Doubleday 2. The House of Wolves. ...

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Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, Jan. 28, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2023 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2023, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel" by Bonnie Garmus (Doubleday) Last ...

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FICTION: In this debut novel, as a new city rises in northern India, the fortunes of its inhabitants are irrevocably altered. "The Dream Builders" by Oindrila Mukherjee; Tin House (384 pages, $17.95) ——— Michigan-based writer Oindrila Mukherjee's debut novel, "The Dream Builders," creates a kaleidoscopic portrait of a group of acquaintances, friends and lovers vying for happiness, success, ...

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NONFICTION: The stories white people tell themselves, David Mura notes, prevent them from seeing American reality. "The Stories Whiteness Tells Itself" by David Mura; University of Minnesota Press (304 pages, $24.95) ——— Japanese American writer David Mura was aware of race from an early age, and it gave him a perspective on whiteness that he uses to great effect in his brilliant new book, ...

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"Maximum Vantage: New Selected Columns" by Bill Maxwell; University Press of Florida (259 pages, $28) ——— For 25 years, Bill Maxwell wrote a column for the then-St. Petersburg Times and the Tampa Bay Times. His award-winning columns were also syndicated, appearing in more than 200 newspapers worldwide. Maxwell’s voice was among the most recognizable on the Times’ pages, not only for his clear ...

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"Love, Pamela," the new book by bombshell-slash-activist Pamela Anderson, covers a lifetime in 230-odd pages. It works out to about a little more than four pages for each year of her life — the chronological equivalent of a rock skipping over the surface of a deep, glacier-fed lake, like those sprinkled around Anderson's birthplace on Vancouver Island, Canada. The result? There are lots of ...

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FICTION: The winner of the 2022 International Booker Prize takes readers on an exhilarating journey back in time. "Tomb of Sand" by Geetanjali Shree, translated from the Hindi by Daisy Rockwell; HarperVia (624 pages, $29.99) ——— For the first 400 pages of Geetanjali Shree's epic novel "Tomb of Sand," winner of the 2022 International Booker Prize and translated by Daisy Rockwell from Hindi, our ...

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On Feb. 4, shock rocker Alice Cooper turns 75. To celebrate the milestone, veteran music journalist Gary Graff has just published “Alice Cooper at 75,” a lush coffee table book full of photos and images exploring 75 key events in Cooper’s life and career. The book, which was released in stores Tuesday, is an unauthorized illustrated biography that starts with Cooper, born Vincent Damon Furnier ...

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Read any good books lately? Any great books? Any books that you might consider for the title Great American Novel? It’s a frequent game in the book world, this Great American Novel contest. I have never been one to participate. Writing books is hard enough and most writers are more focused on selling books rather than aspiring to an endlessly debatable title. There have been many Great ...

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A book artist is someone who elevates bookmaking to an art form using little more than ink, paper and a wildly creative imagination. The Bay Area is known internationally as a hub for these handmade, architectural artist books. In addition to the region’s long history of printmaking and its thriving academic book arts programs, we are home to CODEX, one of the world’s largest biennial ...

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FICTION: Alba de Céspedes chronicles a 1950s Italian housewife's entry into disturbing self-awareness by way of a whim to begin keeping a diary. "Forbidden Notebook" by Alba de Céspedes, translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein; Astra House (288 pages, $26) ——— Writing down one's observations inevitably causes the observer to pay closer attention to the circumstances being observed, and ...

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FICTION: A sweeping story of forbidden love and fugitive faith set in the majestic expanse of northern Scandinavia in the 1850s. "The End of Drum-Time" by Hanna Pylväinen; Henry Holt (368 pages, $28.99) ——— Hanna Pylväinen's "The End of Drum-Time" is the best type of historical fiction — electrifying, edifying and set in an utterly enthralling place and time that you would probably rather not ...

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Paperback Picks What better time than midwinter to treat yourself to a brand-new paperback? Here are 10 good suggestions — engrossing novels, charming memoirs, important Black History Month reads — to brighten your February afternoons. "Chasing History: A Kid in the Newsroom" by Carl Bernstein (Holt Paperbacks, $19.99) Bernstein, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of "All the ...

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Siri, read me a story! One of the joys of being read aloud to is listening to the voice of the person reading. If it's someone you know and love, the experience is filled with warmth and affection. And if it's someone you don't know — say, a professional actor reading an audiobook — the voice still matters. Narrating an audiobook is a skill, and not an easy one; it takes about three years to ...

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