An inside look at the writing, production of ‘The Simpsons’

When television's longest-running cartoon show first hit the airwaves, most of its writers and producers gave it six weeks at best. The one optimist in the crew figured it might

Activist’s memoir a poignant voice for incarcerated women

Donna Hylton opens her memoir, “A Little Piece of Light,” with an admission of guilt and remorse for her crimes. However, this isn’t where her story begins.

Cohen hilariously tackles work-life balance in ‘The Glitch’

Shelley Stone is a hard-working CEO of a Silicon Valley tech company that sells a small device called a Conch, which helps improve everyday life. The Conch

Two couples navigate infidelity, chaos in ‘Little Disasters’

The shared birthday of their sons initially connects Michael and Rebecca to Paul and Jenny. While the women labor, the husbands introduce themselves, sharing a smoke and shot of

New book offers hilarious and poignant take on Motherhood

Motherhood is nothing if not a roller coaster of emotions, and a new book on the topic captures the wild ride perfectly. “Amateur Hour: Motherhood in

Connolly reimagines comedian Stan Laurel in ‘he’

Although never referred to by name, the he of the eponymous “he” is comedian Stan Laurel, who with Oliver Hardy, was half of Laurel and Hardy, one of the

‘Miss Subways’ is a quirky novel by David Duchovny

Though primarily known for his acting roles in TV series such as “The X-Files,” David Duchovny has the writing gene as well. “Miss Subways” is a quirky, wholly original

A new book of short fiction by Lionel Shriver

If Lionel Shriver weren’t such a terrific writer, she might have had a glorious career as a sociologist. In her latest book, “Property,” she explores a host of contemporary

‘The Art of the Wasted Day’ explores silence and solitude

Critically praised Patricia Hampl invites readers to take a journey to explore the idea of a life steeped in leisure without schedules. In “The Art of

Wedding plans fail in ‘Family & other Catastrophes’

Emily knew her family was flawed, but she had no idea the dysfunction could reach such epic levels until she comes home for her wedding. In her

‘Other People’s Houses’ offers view from the carpool minivan

Frances Bloom can jam seven children into a minivan designed for six with no problem. Her daily carpooling duty tethers her neighbors’ lives together. It also affords

Chrissy Metz inspires through personal essays

When Chrissy Metz was her sister’s chaperon at a local talent event in Florida, she never imagined that she would be discovered that day, too. She made

‘Bishop’s Pawn’ is Steve Berry’s most personal novel to date

Before Cotton Malone worked with Stephanie Nelle and the Magellan Billet, he was a Navy lawyer who seemed to get cases that kept him busy, but weren’t

A classic rags-to-riches tale

Another celebrity memoir has graced the genre, and this time it’s from a lesser-known member of the multiplatinum rap group Wu-Tang Clan. “Raw: My Journey into

Dark side of Vegas is revealed in ‘All the Beautiful Girls’

After Lily's glamorous and free-spirited parents and sister are killed in a car crash, the 8-year-old moves in with her aunt and uncle and leaves behind her entire universe

Walter Mosley examines issues of race in ‘Down the River’

Few mystery writers can examine issues of race — how it divides and binds people — as clearly and unflinchingly as Walter Mosley, who returns to this

Love proves graceful, profound in ‘Rosie Colored Glasses’

Rex has no desire to twirl with Rosie through an antique shop, and Rosie isn’t the type to stay in bed on Sunday mornings. For now, however,

Tom Miller’s novel turns gender roles upside down

Rarely does a novel begin with rollicking fierceness that grabs readers from its opening lines and doesn’t loosen its grip or lessen its hold all the way

Subject matter of Zadie Smith’s ‘Feel Free’ ranges wide

The subject matter of Zadie Smith’s newest collection of essays, “Feel Free,” ranges wide. She addresses world issues from the perspective of Britain, her home, including climate

‘Mokha’ recounts quest to revive coffee trade in Yemen

As legend has it, coffee was born in Yemen, when a Sufi brewed the beverage to fuel his late-night devotions. Roughly 700 years later, a Yemeni-American set

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