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Book Budget for Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Updated at 4:30 a.m. EDT (0830 UTC).


^How writing her latest book saved 'Eat, Pray, Love' author Elizabeth Gilbert<

^BOOK-GILBERT-CITY-GIRLS:SE—<"It saved me," says author Elizabeth Gilbert, best known for the best-selling 2006 memoir "Eat, Pray, Love."

She's walking down a New York street during an animated telephone interview last week, talking about her latest novel. "City of Girls" is set in a carelessly glamorous 1940s Manhattan world of showgirls, musicals, ratty theater seats, flirty rayon dresses and youthful exuberance — it's a book whose very lightheartedness pulled her out of deep personal grief. Early last year, Gilbert's romantic partner and longtime best friend, Rayya Elias, died of cancer at the age of 57.

800 by Moira Macdonald. MOVED


^Reagan used her, the country hated her. Decades later, the Welfare Queen of Chicago refuses to go away<

^BOOK-LEVIN-QUEEN:TB—<She did drive a Cadillac, she did wear furs. She floated around Chicago, maintaining multiple addresses, and by 1974, according to authorities, she fraudulently gathered at least $150,000 in food stamps and Social Security payments, not to mention plenty of welfare assistance and the veterans benefits of men she had never married. (The amount was likely much less.) There was nothing typical about Taylor or her actions, and yet she would come to embody an enduring and noxious cliche, the unworthy, scheming minority welfare swindler, living high off of government largesse and the hard-fought earnings of honest working-class Americans.

According to Slate editor Josh Levin — whose new book "The Queen" tells the story of Taylor, her crimes and evolution into a national mythology and rhetorical cudgel for politicians — one Tribune reporter alone, George Bliss, the three-time Pulitzer winner who first exposed Taylor's abuses, used "welfare queen" more than three dozen times.

2500 by Christopher Borrelli in Chicago. MOVED


^New edition of Japanese America novel 'No-No Boy' sparks backlash<

^BOOK-NONOBOY:LA—<Widely recognized as the first Japanese American novel, John Okada's "No-No Boy," about a Japanese American man struggling to find his place in the U.S. and in his community in the years after WWII, is a historic work of literature. But the book wasn't always celebrated.

A new edition of "No-No Boy," published by Penguin Classics in May in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, has recently brought the book's complicated publication history into the spotlight and has raised questions regarding its ownership.

950 by Tracy Brown. MOVED



^Kristen Arnett's 'Mostly Dead Things' a sweetly macabre story of a Florida family<

^BOOK-MOSTLYDEADTHINGS-REVIEW:PT—<The family business is taxidermy. In a shop teeming with skillfully mounted critters of every kind, Dad teaches his craft to daughter Jessa: "Our heart," she says, "was in the curve of a well-rendered lip smoothed over painted teeth." But Jessa will lose her heart — to the same girl her brother, Milo, falls in love with, the beautiful and broken Brynn.

Brynn will abandon them all, and later so will their father. The question of how the Mortons collapsed and whether they can rebuild themselves is the subject of Kristen Arnett's debut novel, the weird, funny and, in its own macabre way, warm-hearted "Mostly Dead Things."

800 In this debut novel by the Orlando area writer, a taxidermist's daughter deals with love and loss.by Colette Bancroft. MOVED


^A book originally published in the 1950s gives a crucial glimpse of explorers, loggers and homesteaders of Olympic Peninsula<

^BOOK-LASTWILDERNESS-REVIEW:SE—<What a surprise and delight "The Last Wilderness," by the late journalist and author Murray Morgan, is. Originally published in 1955, it has been reissued by the University of Washington Press with a fresh design and a new introduction by poet Tim McNulty, another authentic and venerable voice of the Olympic Peninsula.

700 by Lynda V. Mapes . MOVED


^'Mrs. Everything' review: New Jennifer Weiner novel trades wit for earnest social issues<

^BOOK-MRSEVERYTHING-REVIEW:ND—<Jennifer Weiner's big, cozy 13th novel, "Mrs. Everything," follows a pair of sisters named Jo and Bethie (sorry, no Meg or Amy) from their childhood in the 1950s to just a few years ago, with an epilogue set in 2022. All of Weiner's familiar themes — relationships between women, the disappointments of romance, weight loss, feminism, Jewish culture and family life — weave through the book, and as in her 2001 debut, "Good in Bed," there's a character inspired by her real-life mother, who came out as lesbian at 55. It is her most ambitious and serious book to date, exchanging the witty tone and one-liners of earlier work for a more earnest approach to social issues.

750 by Marion Winik. MOVED


^Review: 'The Sentence is Death,' by Anthony Horowitz<

^BOOK-SENTENCE-DEATH-REVIEW:MS—<Anthony Horowitz (a fictional character and the narrator of this book) is on the set of "Foyle's War," the World War II-era TV show that Anthony Horowitz (a real person and the author of this book) wrote for the BBC. When Honeysuckle Weeks (a character in this novel but also an actress on the show) steps off a bus during the filming of a scene, a taxi pulls up, ruining the take, and out steps private eye Daniel Hawthorne. Ah, a completely fictional character at last!

"The Sentence Is Death" is Horowitz's fast-paced, lively sequel to "The Word Is Murder." In both mysteries, he mashes up fact and fiction, telling the story through a character based closely on himself.

300 by Laurie Hertzel. MOVED


^Review: 'Roar,' by Cecelia Ahern<

^BOOK-ROAR-REVIEW:MS—<Irish novelist Cecelia Ahern offers bedtime stories for feminists in "Roar," each featuring a protagonist referred to as "the woman." The 30 allegorical tales, with such titles as "The Woman Who Slowly Disappeared" and "The Woman Who Unraveled," offer inspiration in dealing with such travails as getting older in a sexist, ageist society or trying to juggle way too many responsibilities.

150 by Marci Schmitt. MOVED



^What to read this week: New books by Eve Ensler, Julia Phillips and Andrea Lawlor<


200 by Tom Beer. MOVED




^BOOK-BEST:MCT—<Best-selling books from Publishers Weekly. (Moving Thursday afternoon)


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