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January 13, 1995 | PAUL D. COLFORD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; He is a columnist for Newsday
The first books to be offered by a new publishing imprint with a strong interest in literary fiction will soon make their way into the swollen stream of spring releases. Introducing Riverhead Books, a division of the Putnam Berkley Group Inc. Riverhead's spring list of nine books turns outward (via novels with strong ethnic themes) and inward (via titles that explore spirituality and healing powers).
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April 7, 2014 | Steve Chawkins
In interviews, Peter Matthiessen always had to answer, in his correct, patrician tones, a question seldom put to other writers: Just what kind of writer, exactly, are you? The confusion was understandable. Matthiessen, the only writer to win the National Book Award in both fiction and nonfiction, was both an elegant novelist and a rugged naturalist, a traveler known for his graceful yet spare descriptions of the wildest places on Earth. Over six decades, he produced acclaimed volumes of natural history based on his treks through East Africa, New Guinea and the Amazon.
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November 18, 2005 | From Associated Press
The founding editors of Riverhead Books, publisher of Khaled Hosseini's "The Kite Runner," Suze Orman's "The Road to Wealth" and other bestsellers, have left the company. Cindy Spiegel and Julie Grau are to start a new division at Doubleday Broadway, part of Random House Inc. They will begin their new jobs at the end of the month. "Together, they have been responsible for a remarkable number of distinctive books," Doubleday Broadway President Stephen Rubin said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By Hillel Italie
Peter Matthiessen, a rich man's son who rejected a life of ease in favor of physical and spiritual challenges and produced such acclaimed works as "The Snow Leopard" and "At Play in the Fields of the Lord," died Saturday. He was 86. His publisher Geoff Kloske of Riverhead Books said Matthiessen, who had been diagnosed with leukemia, was ill "for some months. " He died at a hospital near his home on Long Island in New York. Matthiessen helped found the Paris Review, one of the most influential literary magazines, and won National Book Awards for "The Snow Leopard," his spiritual account of the Himalayas, and for "Shadow Country.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2008 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
The deal HBO options Sloane Crosley's bestselling "I Was Told There'd Be Cake," a collection of wry, mordantly funny essays about a twentysomething New Yorker struggling to get by in Manhattan and the bizarre dilemmas she encounters. The players Carolyn Strauss (the former HBO entertainment chief who helped develop "The Sopranos," "Six Feet Under" and other programs) is executive producer under a new production pact at HBO. Crosley is represented by the Denise Shannon Literary Agency and by Creative Artists Agency on film rights.
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April 24, 1996 | RICHARD EDER, TIMES BOOK CRITIC
The stories in this first collection by Elizabeth Tippens are like half-fledged birds. Awkwardness and a fleck of shell are still on them, but also more than a promise of flight; and the reassurance that in writing, as in nature, spring comes regularly around with old songs in a refreshment of new voices. The nine jump-cut segments of "Winging It" present Faith: successively 27, 28, 29 and 30, single in the big city, and struggling to be an actress.
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July 20, 1995 | KIM BENDHEIM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Last Christmas, I got martini glasses, decorated with hand-painted cherries, from my brother's wife. Reading this book is like that: Drinking a whimsical cocktail. The improbable story is set in New York, where it unfolds like a very pleasing urban fairy tale. A young girl, named Edith--beautiful, of course, and smart--comes down from Upstate New York to take a job at a literary magazine in the city.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2011
The Uncoupling A Novel Meg Wolitzer Riverhead Books: 271 pp., $25.95
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May 29, 2012
When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man A Novel Nick Dybek Riverhead Books: 306 pps., $26.95
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November 18, 2010
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey A Novel Walter Mosley Riverhead Books: 278 pp., $25.95
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May 29, 2012
When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man A Novel Nick Dybek Riverhead Books: 306 pps., $26.95
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2011
The Uncoupling A Novel Meg Wolitzer Riverhead Books: 271 pp., $25.95
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November 18, 2010
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey A Novel Walter Mosley Riverhead Books: 278 pp., $25.95
BOOKS
July 20, 2008 | Karrie Higgins, Karrie Higgins is a writer based in Portland, Ore.
BY THE end of "Devil in the Details," Jennifer Traig's 2004 memoir of her obsessive-compulsive childhood, she was liberated from the need to lather her hands raw, scrub surfaces clean of invisible contaminants and pray several hours a day. Her latest book, "Well Enough Alone," picks up where she left off, her obsessive-compulsive disorder mostly under control. Then hypochondria kicks in.
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July 7, 2008 | Reed Johnson, Times Staff Writer
How many times have you picked up a memoir by some American or European nomad living the good life abroad, and wanted to toss the entire volume out the window after about, oh, two paragraphs? You know the type of book: a self-congratulatory saga of how the middle-aged author, suffering from chronic First World malaise, cashed in his tech stocks, fled the L.A. or New York rat race and escaped to some exquisite little corner of Provence or Marrakech to raise organic squash, commune with natives and find Enlightenment.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2008 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
The deal HBO options Sloane Crosley's bestselling "I Was Told There'd Be Cake," a collection of wry, mordantly funny essays about a twentysomething New Yorker struggling to get by in Manhattan and the bizarre dilemmas she encounters. The players Carolyn Strauss (the former HBO entertainment chief who helped develop "The Sopranos," "Six Feet Under" and other programs) is executive producer under a new production pact at HBO. Crosley is represented by the Denise Shannon Literary Agency and by Creative Artists Agency on film rights.
BOOKS
May 11, 2008
By THE time she was 16, Evelyn Nesbit was the face of her age, a stunning beauty with a "heart-stopping scarlet stare," a famous artist's and photographer's model whose image, in the earliest years of the 20th century, was used to sell everything from soap to chocolate, sewing machines to powdered toothpaste. She was the mistress of Stanford White, New York's celebrated architect.
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May 4, 2008 | Carol Anshaw, Carol Anshaw is the author of the novels "Aquamarine," "Seven Moves" and "Lucky in the Corner."
First, a small historical marker: On March 2, 1908, Lazarus Averbuch, a 19-year-old Jewish emigre from Eastern Europe, paid a visit -- for reasons unknown -- to the home of George Shippy, Chicago's chief of police. Perhaps he was looking for work and wanted a letter of good character, a custom back home. But Shippy claimed to have seen hatred in Lazarus' eyes and a knife pulled from his pocket.
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