Richard Ford continues to write beautiful prose. Frank Bascombe, his face always in the mirror, ages, but sheds wisdom, honor, kindness, decency, fellow-feeling and hope, as if all these acknowledged ideals were just body armor and not, as most of us think, warm skin that grows between us and the monstrous emptiness.
The Wichita Eagle’s annual Oscar Ballot Contest offers a top prize of $350 worth of gift certificates to the Warren Theatres that are good not only for movie admission but also for anything else the theater sells.
Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, Jan. 18, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2015, The Nielsen Co.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced his second book club pick for 2015: Steven Pinker's "The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined" published in 2011. The book argues that looking back at human history, violence is on the wane.
After Alice Munro’s last collection, “Dear Life,” she stated that she was done writing stories. So this collection is a fitting culmination of her career. For those who haven’t read Munro, this book can serve as a treasure to savor, along with her previous “Selected Stories, 1968-1994.”
Elena Gorokhova is headed to Texas to marry an American academic named Robert, whom she barely knows. She is leaving less for love than to escape her motherland and her mother, both of which, she says in her new memoir, “Russian Tattoo,” are “overbearing and protective, controlling and nurturing.”