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Bookstore on wheels turns heads in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqis guarding Baghdad’s many checkpoints, on the lookout for car bombs and convoys, don’t know what to make of Ali al-Moussawi when he pulls up in a truck displaying shelves of glossy books. The mobile bookstore is the latest in a series of efforts by the …

Whitehead’s ‘Underground Railroad’ wins fiction Pulitzer

NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad,” his celebrated novel about an escaped slave that combined liberating imagination and brutal reality, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Monday’s announcement confirmed the book as the literary event of 2016, an Oprah Winfrey book club pick and critical favorite …

WALL STREET JOURNAL-BEST SELLERS | The Big Story

Best-Selling Books Week Ended January 22nd. FICTION 1. “Never Never” by James Patterson and Candice Fox (Little, Brown)   2. “Carve the Mark” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books) 3. “Double Down: Diary of a Wimpy Kid” by Jeff Kinney (Amulet) 4. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One …

Obama not slipping away quietly from presidency

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Barack Obama is not leaving his presidency quietly. Besides his farewell address to the nation Tuesday night, Obama has been on a media blitz during his final weeks in office. The biggest broadcast networks have all been granted interviews, culminating in a full-circle talk Sunday on …

Amazon-Hachette feud headlines book news in 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Like a serial for the digital age, the book world’s most dramatic story of 2014 unfolded in installments, often in real time. A dispute about e-book revenues between Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group led to Amazon’s removing buy buttons, cutting discounts and reducing orders for works …

The Hundred-Foot Journey Review | Vanity Fair

We have a new movie genre! Or a mini-genre. Or the beginnings of one, anyway. This pleasing, if imperfect, new form is the elegantly shot movie about people (mostly old ones) opening their hearts to the world through exposure to the rich, colorful variety of Indian culture. Think The Best Exotic …

UPI Almanac for Sunday, May 25, 2014

Today is Sunday, May 25, the 145th day of 2014 with 220 to follow. The moon is waning. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter Mars, Mercury and Saturn. Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include poet/philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson …