In Gary Krist’s latest work, “Empire of Sin,” he chronicles the rise and demise of Storyville, a mixed-race working class neighborhood downriver from Canal Street, where, in the mid-1890s, moral crusader and alderman Sidney Story and his Victorian do-gooder cohorts sought to “isolate” and thus insulate prostitution, gambling, jazz and drugs, so that the “better elements” could rest easier. Out of sight, out of mind, they thought.
Parents need to know thatKid in Story Book Maker's price may be hefty compared to some storybook-creation apps, but it has special features that make it easy to create social stories for kids who need extra help with social and communication skills. Users can create stories from scratch or can add a specific kid into stories already included in the template, which is especially helpful for kids on the autism spectrum who may need to see themselves encountering situations, such as a visit to the dentist, in storybook form before encountering the situation in real life. Though designed for kids with autism in mind,Kid in Story Book Makercould be helpful for parents of preschoolers who want to introduce kids to a routine or ease them into a new experience.
Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, March 22, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2015, The Nielsen Co.
Akhil Sharma's novel "Family Life" has won the 2015 Folio Prize, which will be presented Monday night in London. The prize, worth close to $60,000, is given to a work of fiction written in English from anywhere in the world that is published in Britain during the given year.
Thomas McGuane is a storyteller, and he just can't resist a good laugh. Discussing how life is inherently absurd - a theme that runs through much of his work - he asks, "What do you think a Martian would think if he saw people having sex?" and then launches into a tale about how his Irish Catholic mother explained sex to him when he was about 6 years old, after they'd seen saw two dogs mating outside the grocery store.
Spring used to be the shoulder season in the publishing industry, after the big holiday blockbusters and before the waves of "summer reads." Now it's hard to categorize - one of 2015's big books, former Seattleite-turned-New Yorker Erik Larson's "Dead Wake," about the sinking of the Lusitania, popped up on the first of March. English writer Helen Macdonald's memoir "H is For Hawk," a memoir of Macdonald's mourning for her father by training a goshawk, is already one of the "it" books of the year, and also came out March 1.
If you graphed Seth Greenland's writing career, it would look like an Escher drawing: Apparent dead-ends emerge as new beginnings. A novelist who is also a television writer, Greenland has tried his hand at just about every kind of writing except poetry - which is the avocation of the protagonist of his new novel, "I Regret Everything" (Europa: 256 pages, $16).
Parents need to know that"If You Plant a Seed,"by multi-award winner andNew Yorkercover artistKadir Nelson(Baby Bear), has bright, bold illustrations and very little text, perfect for preschoolers. In Nelson's skilled hands, the lesson - kindness trumps hoarding, yielding benefits all - isn't preachy or patand is delivered in a simple story kids will understand.
In “Ideas of Order,” Neil Rudenstine makes a compelling case that Shakespeare’s sonnets can be grouped into discrete ensembles that trace a trajectory of friendship bordering on the homoerotic and leading to bleak wrenchings of the heart and self-loathing for the poet’s intractable attraction to “the dark lady,” his mistress, whose sexual charms also captivate his young friend, “the fair youth.”
Details are key in historical novels: The right details set the scene, develop the characters and transport the reader to another time. Author Lisa See knows firsthand how important details are, which is why she spent many, many hours on research for her latest book, "China Dolls" (Random House, 376 pages, $16 paper).
Laura Lippman recently has been producing critically acclaimed stand-alone novels. But "Hush Hush" marks a most welcome return to Tess following a three-year absence, proving the novelist's capacity for involving storytelling knows no limits.