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September 27, 1987 | Robert J. Ray, Novelist Ray is the creator of Matt Murdock, intrepid Orange County private eye. His next novel, "The Hitman Cometh," will be published by St. Martin's Press in January. and
At the narrative climax of Thomas Keneally's "The Playmaker," our hero Ralph Clark gives panting chase to a ghostly figure in a white suit. It is night in Australia, and the moon is crazy blue. Ralph is a lieutenant of H.M.'s Royal Marines, an honest chap with a spendthrift wife back in England, eight moons away. In the dark, Ralph assumes the fleeing figure is Dennis Considen, the Irish dentist. Wrong assumption: It is Mary Brenham, a "she-lag" (convicted felon deported to Australia).
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September 27, 1987 | Blanche d'Alpuget, D'Alpuget is an Australian journalist and novelist whose most recent book is "Winter in Jerusalem" (Simon & Schuster)
Along with peculiarities like the kangaroo and the platypus--a creature that lays eggs, has thick fur, a duck's bill, suckles its young and can paralyze you with the venom in its hind-legs--Australia has some odd birds. One of them is the bower bird. The bower bird builds a nest of bright litter: flowers, cellophane, feathers, cigarette packs, leaves, bottle tops, whatever amusing fragments catch its fancy.
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September 27, 1987 | Blanche d'Alpuget, D'Alpuget is an Australian journalist and novelist whose most recent book is "Winter in Jerusalem" (Simon & Schuster)
Along with peculiarities like the kangaroo and the platypus--a creature that lays eggs, has thick fur, a duck's bill, suckles its young and can paralyze you with the venom in its hind-legs--Australia has some odd birds. One of them is the bower bird. The bower bird builds a nest of bright litter: flowers, cellophane, feathers, cigarette packs, leaves, bottle tops, whatever amusing fragments catch its fancy.
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September 27, 1987 | Robert J. Ray, Novelist Ray is the creator of Matt Murdock, intrepid Orange County private eye. His next novel, "The Hitman Cometh," will be published by St. Martin's Press in January. and
At the narrative climax of Thomas Keneally's "The Playmaker," our hero Ralph Clark gives panting chase to a ghostly figure in a white suit. It is night in Australia, and the moon is crazy blue. Ralph is a lieutenant of H.M.'s Royal Marines, an honest chap with a spendthrift wife back in England, eight moons away. In the dark, Ralph assumes the fleeing figure is Dennis Considen, the Irish dentist. Wrong assumption: It is Mary Brenham, a "she-lag" (convicted felon deported to Australia).
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September 27, 1987 | Richard Eder
"Not Left but East," was Andre Gide's disillusioned comment when he returned from a visit to the Soviet Union in the 1930s. Like many of his fellow European intellectuals, he had thought of it as a utopia of progress. He concluded that the fabled omelette that could not be made without breaking eggs was, in fact, made of eggshells. "Not Right but South" could sum up the theme of Joan Didion's powerfully seductive exploration of the political maelstrom in Miami.
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March 31, 2005 | From Associated Press
Mary Cheney, daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, plans to publish a memoir under a new subdivision of Simon & Schuster devoted to conservative books. Cheney, a top aide during her father's campaigns in 2000 and 2004, has drawn political attention because she is openly gay. Her memoir is the first acquisition for Mary Matalin's publishing subdivision, Threshold.
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September 7, 1995 | From Associated Press
A longtime critic of the Central Intelligence Agency is suing former First Lady Barbara Bush over statements in her 1994 autobiography that he called "false and defamatory." Former CIA operative Philip Agee said Mrs. Bush falsely wrote in "A Memoir" that Agee's identification in his 1975 book of the CIA's Athens station chief led to the assassination of the official, Richard Welch.
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December 20, 2005 | From Associated Press
The distinctive chocolate bar on the dust jacket of a new book about the founder of the Hershey Co. violates the company's trademark, the candymaker said in a federal lawsuit. The company wants an injunction to prevent publisher Simon & Schuster Inc. from using Hershey-owned images to market "Hershey: Milton S. Hershey's Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire and Utopian Dreams," which is coming out next month.
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September 27, 1987 | Richard Eder
"Not Left but East," was Andre Gide's disillusioned comment when he returned from a visit to the Soviet Union in the 1930s. Like many of his fellow European intellectuals, he had thought of it as a utopia of progress. He concluded that the fabled omelette that could not be made without breaking eggs was, in fact, made of eggshells. "Not Right but South" could sum up the theme of Joan Didion's powerfully seductive exploration of the political maelstrom in Miami.
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August 25, 2009 | Associated Press
Just in time for an especially crowded fall, business seems to be picking up for books. "I feel most people are cautiously optimistic, now that we seemed to have turned a corner," says Simon & Schuster Inc. Chief Executive Carolyn Reidy, who says the past two months have improved noticeably over a rough first half of 2009. The Assn. of American Publishers, which had been reporting declines for much of the year, finally had some good news last week, announcing a 21.5% sales increase for June.
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