Author offers retrospect of TV show ‘Friends’

Kelsey Miller has written the quintessential fan book for those obsessed with the hit TV sitcom “Friends.” “I’ll Be There For You” gives readers an insider’s look

Stephen King raises the bar with ‘Elevation’

After more than four decades of banging out best- sellers, Stephen King still has the power to surprise his beloved “constant readers.” Consider “Elevation,” which the

Pussy Riot founder’s guide to political activism

Power to the people: Where have we heard that before? In the 1960s, to be sure. And again today in “Read & Riot,” an invigorating new guide

Ellie Kemper endears herself to fans in ‘My Squirrel Days’

Ellie Kemper’s debut novel, “My Squirrel Days,” is exactly what you would expect from the comedian. It’s rich in personality, teeming with energy and full of laugh-out-loud

‘The Forgotten’ eyes evolution of white Trump voters

There have been many books, studies and feature stories on the rise of the alienated white voters who came out in large numbers to elect President Donald

Eric Idle on Monty Python, life’s brighter side

Eric Idle has been funny for a very long time. He gained fame almost 50 years ago playing pompous TV hosts and leering idiots as a

Novel by Hank Green is out of this world

What if a huge, stagnant robot appeared out of nowhere on the streets of New York City? And what if you were the key to solving the

Villains are vile and disturbing in ‘The Forbidden Door’

Jane Hawk returns and learns that her enemies are beginning to close in with plans to eliminate her as a threat in Dean Koontz’s latest thriller, “The

‘Leave No Trace’ looks at mental health recovery

A young woman’s determination to overcome her past mental problems tests her resolve when she becomes involved in the high-profile case of a violent young man in

Reluctant mobster pulled back in ‘Bones of Brooklyn’

Howard Fenster, son of a bookkeeper for the Mafia, has been “in the life” since he was 10. But now, he and his girlfriend, Ariel, have fled,

‘Vox’ explores world where women can’t talk freely

Christina Dalcher brings this scenario to life in her debut novel “Vox.” Fueled by the disorder and turbulence of America’s current political climate, Dalcher creates a

‘Decree’ has eerie relevance in today’s political climate

The Washington Decree, Jussi Adler-Olsen’s latest novel to be published in the United States, tells the compelling and sad story of Bruce Jansen, a senator who experienced

David Joy novel takes gritty look at families

David Joy’s unflinching look at those who live in the Appalachian area of western North Carolina takes another unconventional spin in “The Line That Held Us.”

‘Under a Dark Sky’ has shrewd plot, realistic characters

A dark sky park where even the slightest glimmer of light is blocked out provides a fascinating backdrop for Lori Rader-Day’s inventive fourth novel. The darkness that

Relationships are tested in ‘How to Love a Jamaican’

Alexia Arthurs’ short story collection “How to Love a Jamaican” is a timely exploration of multigenerational waves of immigration, the impact separating families has on children and the desire

‘The Mere Wife’ explores ‘Beowulf’ in the suburbs

Maria Dahvana Headley’s new novel, “The Mere Wife,” is much more than a simple recasting of the ancient epic poem “Beowulf” in the suburbs. It’s “The Stepford

Author tackles sexual assault in ‘A Gathering of Secrets’

Linda Castillo’s exquisitely plotted novels delve deep into Amish life and culture using the prism of a police procedural. Without deriding or sentimentalizing the Amish, Castillo illustrates their culture while

Film favorites Bruce Lee, Sterling Hayden shine in new books

Martial arts icon Bruce Lee wanted to be known around the world, and he built the perfect platform to do so as an international film star. An accidental

Historical fiction author explores world of a NY socialite

Kitty’s best friend, Henrietta, comes from an affluent family and is engaged to New York socialite Charles. Unfortunately, the marriage has been forced by their families

‘You Were Made for This’ explores marriage and parenting

Appearances sometimes are not just deceiving but can hide fissures so deep and fractured that tragedy can seem a surprise when it occurs. Michelle Sacks richly explores

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