Category: Books


Beckham sues publisher over prostitute claims

Lawyers for David Beckham have filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles alleging that a magazine knowingly published false claims that the soccer superstar had sex with prostitutes. The suit filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court accuses Delaware-based Bauer Publishing Company LP and its affiliates of libel, slander and intentional infliction of emotional distress for the In Touch […]


Palin’s publisher sues Gawker over book excerpts

The publisher of Sarah Palin’s forthcoming book filed a lawsuit against Gawker Media on Friday for leaking pages of “America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag” before its release next week. The legal complaint was filed Friday in federal court in Manhattan, said a spokeswoman for HarperCollins Publishers. The filing came two days after Gawker published […]


Financial crisis in ‘All the Devils Are Here’

”All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis” (Penguin Portfolio, $32.95), by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera: Joe Nocera and Bethany McLean are too kind when they say the history they lay out in rich and compelling detail was “hidden.” It wasn’t. The authors, both award-winning writers notable for their ability […]


Bush to speak with Lauer, Winfrey, Leno, others

The world will soon be hearing a lot from former President George W. Bush. After relative silence since leaving office in 2009, Bush will be on the air throughout next week and beyond in promotion of his memoir, “Decision Points,” which comes out Tuesday. Along with previously announced TV appearances with Matt Lauer and with Oprah […]


‘Vertical Farm’ envisions tall future for farming

A new book by an urban agriculture visionary aims to change the way people think about farming, offering a look into a future where city skyscrapers — not rural fields — produce the world’s food. In “The Vertical Farm,” Dickson Despommier challenges the notion that plants should be grown in soil, advocating for developing and investing in […]


Agatha Christie was sick of Poirot: grandson

Murder mystery writer Agatha Christie was fed up with Hercule Poirot but kept on penning stories about the Belgian detective under pressure from her publishers, her grandson has revealed. Christie considered the diminutive, stiff-moustached gastronome as her “bread and butter” but would grumble about having to churn out “yet another Poirot,” Mathew Pritchard told Radio Times magazine. “She was never short […]


Philly book publisher the BRAAAINS! behind phenom

The undead have created a whole new life for Quirk Books, the brains — or rather the BRAAAINS! — behind the monster best-seller “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” Quirk, an independent publisher that started with a series of tongue-in-cheek guides for surviving highly unlikely misfortunes, has established the hybrid “mashup” genre bending of out-of-copyright classics and horror-fied […]