The many faces of Ramona Quimby

In rainy Portland, Ramona tests out a new pair of boots in “Ramona the Pest.” From “The Art of Ramona Quimby.” (Louis Darling)
In rainy Portland, Ramona tests out a new pair of boots in “Ramona the Pest.” From “The Art of Ramona Quimby.” (Louis Darling)
Beverly Cleary’s spunky star, as seen through her illustrators.
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Who is the greatest fictional detective? A new book reminds us why it’s Poirot.

Mark Aldridge’s “Agatha Christie’s Poirot” offers clues — and evidence — to prove the case.
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Words of wisdom or wishful thinking? The problem with new books that aim to heal us.

Sure, books like “The Hill We Climb,” “Poems of Healing” and “How to Heal the World” mean well, but recovery on command is tricky.
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In ‘The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock,’ it’s the contradictions that made the man

Edward White’s interlocking essays consider different facets of the director’s personality, as a family man, a dandy and more.
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Washington Post hardcover bestsellers

A snapshot of popular books.
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Rickie Lee Jones offers a raw and roving account of her life in ‘Last Chance Texaco’

The musician rose above heroin addiction, music-industry sexism and the traumas of her youth to find success.
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Annabelle Gurwitch wrote a book about adapting to life’s curveballs. Then the biggest curveball came.

The actress and humorist discusses her book “You’re Leaving When?” and her cancer diagnosis.
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Haruki Murakami’s ‘First Person Singular’ will satisfy fans with its uncanny scenarios

Some of the stories revisit a simple plot: An ordinary urbanite journeys to a rural area looking for answers, only to find more questions.
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‘A Light in the Dark’ is a love letter to directors, personal flaws and all

The latest addition to film historian David Thomson’s opinionated take on the film industry is notable for what it says — and what it doesn’t.
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John Naisbitt, futurist and best-selling author of ‘Megatrends,’ dies at 92

His forecasts of trends in business and society led to a series of best-selling books.
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‘Paradise, Nevada’ tries to capture our anxious American essence with a collision course through the gaming industry

Dario Diofebi’s debut whipsaws among four neurotic protagonists.
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