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It's an annual tradition for Bill Gates - Microsoft co-founder, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and avid reader - to release a summer reading list in May. This year, much of his attention is on the coronavirus pandemic, but he's aware that many of us might be looking for distractions: The list includes not only his traditional five recommendations, but a bonus list as well. ...

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, May 16, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan (c) 2019 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. (c) 2019, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "Camino Winds" by John Grisham (Doubleday) Last week: 1 2. "If It ...

If (like me) you love to travel and plan every journey around visiting great restaurants, you're probably pretty bummed these days. Arriving right on time to offer us a delicious fantasy trip is Bill Buford's new memoir, "Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking." A longtime editor at the New Yorker, Buford published a ...

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, May 16, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan (c) 2020 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. (c) 2020, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Camino Winds. John Grisham. Doubleday 2. If It Bleeds. Stephen ...

The title is "Rodham," as in Hillary Rodham (Clinton), but the most vivid character is Trump, as in you-know-who. Curtis Sittenfeld's speculative novel works as a companion to the Minneapolis writer's splendid "American Wife," which eavesdropped on a fictional first lady very much like Laura Bush. This time, Sittenfeld uses (mostly) real names but doesn't seem to have as much affection for her ...

"The Other Bennet Sister" By Janice Hadlow. (Henry Holt, 448 pages, $28.) Jane Austen was most ungenerous to Mary Bennet. The middle of five sisters Austen created for "Pride and Prejudice" was confined to tedious speeches from Fordyce's Sermons and mortifying piano solos. Author Janice Hadlow treats her better. In "The Other Bennet Sister," Hadlow gives Mary a starring role, a spirited ...