September 1, 2013

Books: Authors switching genres in new books

The line between fiction and memoir gets crossed by several writers being published this fall.

By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated Press

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A novel by Elizabeth Gilbert is among the new books for fall.

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Stephen King’s new novel, “Doctor Sleep,” will be out this fall.

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The two great presidents of the early 20th century, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, will be subjects of books by Pulitzer Prize winning biographers: A. Scott Berg's "Wilson" and Doris Kearns Goodwin's "The Bully Pulpit."

"For good or bad, we live in a world that is largely of Woodrow Wilson's making," Berg wrote in an email, "from the institutions that govern our economy (the Federal Reserve Board), to antitrust legislation and labor protection (the 8-hour workday) to the basic tenets of our foreign policy, most of which stem from Wilson's call for a Declaration of War on April 2, 1917, when he said, 'The world must be made safe for democracy.' "

The season's featured president will be John F. Kennedy, a man who very much believed in Wilson's mission.

By the best estimates of Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble, some three dozen releases will mark the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death, from an armful or two of conspiracy works to historical summaries such as Larry J. Sabato's "The Kennedy Half Century" to Jeff Greenfield's speculative "If Kennedy Lived."

Stories from the Kennedy era also can be found in "The Leonard Bernstein Letters," which includes correspondence between the conductor-composer and such friends as Thornton Wilder and Stephen Sondheim.

Bernstein, a friend of the Kennedys, conducted pieces by Mahler and Verdi at the funeral for Robert Kennedy at New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral in June 1968.

"When your Mahler started to fill the Cathedral today, I thought it the most beautiful music I had ever heard. I am so glad I didn't know it -- it was this strange music of all the gods who were crying," Jacqueline Kennedy wrote to Bernstein. "Your music was everything in my heart, of peace and pain and such drowning beauty. You could just close your eyes and be lost in it forever."

 

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Several books about John F. Kennedy will be out this fall.

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A novel by Ann Patchett is among the new books for fall.

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David Letterman and Bruce McCall offer a satirical look at the income divide in “This Land Was Made for You and Me (but Mostly Me): Billionaires in the Wild.”



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