I read "Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog" by Tom Watson (Harper) that was about five silly dogs that love food. They also like playing games and making plans to get food. "Stick Dog" lives in a pipe under Highway 18, and sleeps on an old mattress.
Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, April 12, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2015, The Nielsen Co.
Col. Chris Hadfield has been in the space business for his entire career. A former top graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, the astronaut has been on three missions, logging almost 4,000 hours in space. The first Canadian to walk in space, he has flown on the Shuttle and the Russian Soyuz craft and acted as commander of the International Space Station, where he shot some of the most jaw-dropping photographs of planet Earth you'll ever see, collected in the book "You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes."
A man at a tech conference made an off-color joke to a friend; someone overheard, took offense and posted his picture online. A woman posed for a photo making a rude gesture at Arlington National Cemetery and, meaning to amuse her friends, uploaded it to Facebook. Another woman sent out a tweet intended as irreverent satire that came off as racism.
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In the opening pages of "The Turner House" - Angela Flournoy's wonderful debut novel about an African-American family with 13 children set in 2008 Detroit - the eldest of them is tussling with a ghostly haint, come to pull him out the window of the Turner family home.
Facebook is not content just being a juggernaut with 1.4 billion users. With these official add-ons that provide extra features and options, the social network is hoping its members will never leave its company-owned sites or apps.
If the Barack Obama story is about carving out an identity from a multicultural, biracial upbringing with an absent father, then the Michelle LaVaughn Robinson story is about how to be black and successful in America, as well as how to be successful and black. In other words: How does a black girl from South Side of Chicago get to Harvard Law School and, once she's there, how does she determine what her responsibilities are to her community, and what should be her relation to the wider world?
There's a great scene in Bruce Barcott's new book, "Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America," in which after months of researching the issue with a smart and sober eye, the author walks to the side of an abandoned Denny's in Denver and fires up a joint.
"It's a great day to be a heroin dealer in America," says Sam Quinones, the author of "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic (Bloomsbury; 384 pages, $28), a brisk and startling new book on painkiller and heroin addiction in the United States.
Brittany Murphy was found unconscious in her shower, sick with pneumonia, four different drugs in her system. The actress' death in 2009 was sudden and mysterious and ugly, but posthumous magazine covers showed her looking glamorous, her struggles hidden.
Parents need to know that"The Year of the Three Sisters"is the fourth book in a well-regarded series for young readers byAndrea Cheng. Anna's a Chinese-American seventh grader in Cincinnati, one of only a few Asians in her school. She and a friend invite a young Chinese migrant worker from Beijing to visit for a year, but cultural and class differences make adjustment difficult. Unusually thoughtful and sensitive for a book for young readers, the story addresses cross-cultural differences and issues of friendship. Kids will relate to this well-written and meaningful story about the challenges of fitting in.
Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, April 5, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2015, The Nielsen Co.