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Good Luck Burning This $130K Copy of The Handmaid's Tale

Fire-resistant book is a form of protest against recent book bans

(Newser) - Margaret Atwood took a flamethrower to a copy of her bestseller The Handmaid's Tale to show that "powerful words can never be extinguished." Note it was a one-of-a-kind "unburnable" copy that just sold at a Sotheby's auction for $130,000. Publisher Penguin Random House created...

Got $250K? A Rare Harry Potter Book Beckons

Christie's is selling first edition of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' in London

(Newser) - A rare first edition of the very first book in JK Rowling's Harry Potter series is about to go on the auction block. Reuters reports that Christie's of London will be holding a private sale this month for the copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,...

Hunter Biden's 'Ultra-Private' Ex-Wife Finally Opens Up

Kathleen Buhle releases her memoir, 'If We Break,' on June 14

(Newser) - If the name Kathleen Buhle doesn't ring a bell, perhaps the 53-year-old's former name will: Kathleen Biden. The ex-wife of Hunter Biden is a couple weeks away from releasing If We Break, which Vanity Fair reported in January would mark the first time Buhle spoke publicly about the...

Conway Spills on George, Kushner, Trump in New Book

'America will survive. George and I may not,' ex-WH counsel writes in 'Here's the Deal,' out Tuesday

(Newser) - Kellyanne Conway has a new book coming out this week, and one of the people she goes after most is the one she lives with. "I had two men in my life," Conway writes in Here's the Deal, due out from Simon and Schuster on Tuesday, per...

Assistant Principal Fired for Reading Butt Book Isn't Giving Up

School district upholds Toby Price's termination, but he'll appeal to Mississippi's Chancery Courts

(Newser) - Update: Toby Price remains fired for what his district says was poor judgment in storytime choice. The assistant principal had appealed his termination for reading I Need a New Butt to second-graders at Gary Road Elementary School near Jackson, Miss., but on Monday, his legal team let him know the...

Ex-DOD Chief Esper Writes of 'Surreal' Incident With Trump

Former defense secretary writes in memoir that Trump wanted to shoot George Floyd protesters

(Newser) - Mark Esper was fired as defense secretary by then-President Trump shortly after the 2020 election. But while Esper's stint heading up the Pentagon was short—he'd been sworn in during the summer of 2019—he was still witness to some notable events in his time under No. 45,...

Controversial Theory: Ancient 'Hobbits' Are Still Alive

Gregory Forth says indigenous accounts indicate Homo floresiensis still hides in Indonesia

(Newser) - A hobbit-like human species has survived for hundreds of thousands of years in the forests of a remote island—and is still surviving. That's the stunning theory of a retired anthropologist, who believes sightings of an "ape-man" on Indonesia's Flores island could signal that so-called hobbit human...

Why Barnes & Noble Is Beloved Once More
Barnes & Noble
Has, Improbably,
Become a Good Guy
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Barnes & Noble Has, Improbably, Become a Good Guy

The 'New York Times' looks at the chain's much-improved reputation

(Newser) - Barnes & Noble is like a phoenix rising from the ashes—its sales, yes, but more than that, its reputation. Once derided as an independent bookstore killer, the New York Times takes a look at how the chain is regarded these days: as crucial. A key line from Elizabeth A....

Trump's Photo Book a 'Slap in the Face' to WH Photographer

Trump was to write foreword for Shealah Craighead's book; then he put out his own

(Newser) - Since the Reagan presidency, official White House photographers have capped off their stints at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with a photo book, sometimes complete with a foreword from their former bosses. But when it came time for Donald Trump to leave the Oval Office, "the plan by his chief photographer,...

Widow of Pulitzer Winner Getting His Books Reissued

She acquired rights to works by 'Mambo Kings' author Oscar Hijuelos

(Newser) - From the moment the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Oscar Hijuelos died in 2013, at age 62, his wife Lori Carlson-Hijuelos has been on a quest to make sure he wasn't forgotten. “Every day this has been my mission,” she said Thursday upon the announcement by Grand Central Publishing...

Experts Have Scathing View on Betrayal of Anne Frank

As Dutch publisher recalls Rosemary Sullivan's book

(Newser) - The Dutch publisher is recalling Rosemary Sullivan's The Betrayal of Anne Frank, a new and controversial release that claims Jewish notary Arnold van den Bergh told the Nazis where Anne and her family were hiding in Amsterdam. Though the researchers behind the book said van den Bergh emerged as...

Twitter Spat Costs Author Literary Prize Nomination

Lauren Hough, a lesbian, says she was wrongly painted as transphobic

(Newser) - A New York Times best-selling author says her debut memoir has been removed from contention for a Lambda Literary Award following a dust-up on Twitter. Lauren Hough's essay collection Leaving Isn't The Hardest Thing—including tales from her time as a cult member, Air Force airman, cable guy,...

2 Books Due Out From Pulitzer Winner Cormac McCarthy

'The Passenger' and 'Stella Maris' will be first fiction from McCarthy since 2006's 'The Road'

(Newser) - Cormac McCarthy has two novels coming out this fall, his first fiction releases since the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Road in 2006. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced Tuesday that The Passenger, a long-rumored novel about "morality and science" and "the legacy of sin" that McCarthy reportedly began decades ago,...

Haberman: Trump Clogged WH Toilets Getting Rid of Papers

Revelation on clogged WH toilets emerges in advance of 'NYT' reporter's new book

(Newser) - Earlier this week, a report emerged on the National Archives' retrieval of multiple boxes of records—including possible classified materials—that former President Trump took with him to Mar-a-Lago after he left office. That piece followed previous detailing of the former president's apparent longtime penchant for ripping up papers...

Cops: FSU Library Security Chief Stole $500K in Comics

Todd Peak is accused of lifting rare titles from Strozier Library throughout the pandemic

(Newser) - As head of security of Florida State University's Strozier Library, Todd Peak held one of four keys to access a $500,000 collection of prized science fiction, fantasy, horror, and comic book titles. He also apparently held little appreciation for his job, even after being deemed an essential worker...

8-Year-Old Sneaks Self-Made Comic Book Onto Library Shelf
8-Year-Old Sneaks Self-Made
Comic Book Onto Library Shelf
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8-Year-Old Sneaks Self-Made Comic Book Onto Library Shelf

Now there's a waiting list for Dillon Helbig's graphic novel in Boise, Idaho

(Newser) - Who needs a literary agent? Not this 8-year-old author from Boise, Idaho, who just self-published and promoted his comic book in a most unique way. Turns out Dillon Helbig snuck a copy of his DIY comic, The Adventures of Dillon Helbig's Crismis—by "Dillon His Self"—onto...

After School Board Bans Maus, It Soars on Amazon

They objected to language, violence in Art Spiegelman's Holocaust book

(Newser) - Update: A Tennessee school board's decision to keep Art Spiegelman's Maus out of the hands of 8th-graders has fueled a buying spree. Mediaite reports that as of Sunday, the hardcover format of The Complete Maus is the No. 1 best seller on Amazon in the books category . Other...

School District to Reconsider 400 Books
Texas 
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Texas District Yanks 400 Books

Legislator sent a list of 800 titles to review

(Newser) - A letter from a legislator has prompted one of the largest school districts in Texas to look for "obscene or vulgar material" in more than 400 library books. While they're being reviewed, the books will no longer be on library shelves, NBC reports. Republican state Rep. Matt Krause,...

Trump's Ex-DOD Chief Sues Pentagon Over Memoir

Mark Esper says Defense Department is blocking parts of his manuscript it thought were 'too candid'

(Newser) - Mark Esper's memoir, A Sacred Oath, is due out in May from William Morrow, but readers may not see everything he originally included in its pages, thanks to the Pentagon. The former defense secretary in the Trump administration is now suing the agency he once led, claiming that sections...

Trump Is Out With Surprise Photo Book
Trump Is Out With
Surprise Photo Book

Trump Is Out With Surprise Photo Book

'Our Journey Together' is a collection of pics, with captions by the former president

(Newser) - Donald Trump has released a surprise new book, though not a traditional one for a former president. Our Journey Together is a picture book—a collection of more than 300 official White House photographs from his presidency. "My father picked every single photo in this book, wrote all the...

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