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Book Budget for Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Updated at 4:30 a.m. EST (0930 UTC).


^Author Danielle Evans says her own grief and losses shaped new story collection<

^BOOK-EVANS-OFFICE-HISTORICAL-CORRECTIONS:DA_<Danielle Evans' first story collection, the prize-winning "Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self," landed her on the National Book Foundation's list of 5 under 35 in 2011. Her new story collection, "The Office of Historical Corrections," was released Nov. 10. She talked with us about how the collection came together, shaped by her own grief and losses.

1200 by Shawna Seed. MOVED


^Karla Peterson: San Diego author Linda Olson's memoir starts with loss but sticks with love<

^BOOK-OLSON-GONE:SD_<Despite the outcome of the accident, which everyone else in the van _ Hodgens, his parents and his brother and sister _ survived with barely a scrape, Olson is not a fan of the dark or the dire. The descriptor she most often applies to herself is "happy-go-lucky," with equal emphasis on the happy and the lucky.

In her new book _ "Gone: A Memoir of Love, Body, and Taking Back My Life" _ Olson deals with the train right away, the better to get on with the purpose-driven, joy-filled story that follows. A story that includes motherhood, a challenging career as a UC San Diego radiologist, and a lot of laughter. It also includes her sustaining marriage to Hodgens, who banished her worst early fears ("How can you still like me?" she asked from her bed in Salzburg) with a barrage of reassurance that never let up.

950 by Karla Peterson. MOVED



^Gregory Maguire's 'A Wild Winter Swan' is wicked good<

^BOOK-WILD-WINTER-SWAN-REVIEW:PT_<Gregory Maguire still has the magic touch.

He enchanted the world with "Wicked," his novel about a soulful young witch, a book that turned into a hit Broadway musical. His publisher is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the book this year with a handsome new edition.

Since "Wicked," Maguire has published several dozen books, for adults and for kids. He has plenty more tricks up his sleeve _ and sleeves are an issue in his charming new novel, "A Wild Winter Swan."

650 by Colette Bancroft. MOVED


^Book review: Mickey Haller must defend himself in Connelly's stellar 'Law of Innocence'<

^BOOK-LAW-INNOCENCE-REVIEW:FL_<The law of innocence is simple _ and complicated _ as Michael Connelly shows in his 35th novel: "For every man not guilty of a crime, there is a man out there who is. And to prove true innocence, the guilty man must be found and exposed to the world," states one character.

Sounds easy, but sometimes this isn't just hard but impossible, as L.A. defense attorney Mickey Haller knows all too well as he proves in Connelly's stellar "The Law of Innocence," the sixth time the author has wrapped a novel around this character. This time, Mickey will defend his most unusual and important client: himself.

550 by Oline H. Cogdill. MOVED



^Cooler than cool? There is no escaping the life, legacy and stardom of Steve McQueen<

^BOOK-STEVE-MCQUEEN-REVIEW:TB_<Actors spend much of their public lives speaking words written for them by others. Through those words, combined with some ever-mysterious physical alchemy, some of these actors become stars. A few attain immortality.

Think "Bond James Bond."

Think the late Sean Connery.

Still, Connery seems unlikely to attain the level of post-death attention, money-generating notoriety or "immortality" that has come to a few others. Think James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and the subject of a new book, "Steve McQueen: In His Own Words" (Dalton Watson Fine Books).

1100 by Rick Kogan. MOVED


^Review: Cyril Wecht's memoir highlights his remarkable and controversial life<

^BOOK-LIFE-DEATHS-CYRIL-WECHT-REVIEW:PG_<Most longtime Pittsburghers already have an opinion about famed forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht. The man has been in the public eye since the 1960s and his legal and medical expertise has been called on in some of the most high-profile deaths in American history. He's also never been shy about speaking his mind, which is arguably just as important to his legacy.

The longtime Allegheny County coroner knows his trademark outspokenness occasionally rubs people the wrong way, including many in positions of power. So, he decided to tell his side of the story with film producer and magazine columnist Jeff Sewald on an autobiography, "The Life and Deaths of Cyril Wecht: Memoirs of America's Most Controversial Forensic Pathologist."

650 by Joshua Axelrod. MOVED


^Review: 'Fossil Men,' by Kermit Pattison<

^BOOK-FOSSIL-MEN-REVIEW:MS_<This is a story of intrigue, of anger, of decisions made at the point of a gun. Friendships made and lost, bitter jealousies, dizzying discoveries.

Not exactly what usually comes to mind when you think about archaeology.

St. Paul author Kermit Pattison donned his metaphorical pith helmet and cargo shorts and created a work of staggering depth that brings us into the search for the oldest human. In "Fossil Men," he recounts the saga of "Ardi," a skeleton uncovered in the rugged hills of Ethiopia by a brilliant and irascible American paleoanthropologist considered by many the world's premier fossil hunter.

400 by John Reinan. MOVED



^Check out 6 new paperbacks, including an essay collection, 2 biographies and 3 novels<

^BOOK-ROUNDUP-PAPERBACK:SE_<The parade of new paperbacks never ends; this week, freshly printed offerings include three novels, two biographies and one essay collection. Happy reading!

600 by Moira Macdonald. MOVED




^BOOK-BEST:MCT_<Bestselling books from Publishers Weekly. (Moving Thursday afternoon)


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