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Book Budget for Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Updated at 4:30 a.m. EDT (0830 UTC).


^Tools or weapons? Microsoft president's new book balances costs, benefits of digital revolution<

BOOK-MICROSOFT-SMITH:SE — If data is now the most profitable commodity of the 21st century, it is also fast becoming the one with the highest political and social risks.

Increasingly, our most pressing real-world crises — from election hacking and virulent nationalism to livestreamed mass shootings and digitally driven job losses — center on some new use or misuse of data technology, and the tech giants that released it into the world.

For decades, those firms downplayed their obligation to confront these data-saturated problems.

But that position is no longer defensible, argues Brad Smith, president of Microsoft and co-author of a timely new book, "Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age," which published Tuesday.

1350 by Paul Roberts in Seattle. MOVED


^Andrew Pollack's new book searches for answers about why his daughter died in Parkland<

^BOOK-POLLACK:FL—<A 19-year-old lunatic shot and killed Meadow Pollack in her school hallway. How the teen died was painfully obvious: She took nine bullets. But in a new book, her dad tries to answer: "Why?"

Andrew Pollack quickly became a national figure after the Feb. 14, 2018, Parkland massacre that ended the lives of 14 students. A teacher, football coach and athletic director also died.

Ultimately, he teamed up with Max Eden, an education researcher at a conservative-leaning New York City think tank, to write: "Why Meadow Died: the People and Policies that Created the Parkland Shooter and Endanger America's Students."

750 by Megan O'Matz. MOVED


^Justice Gorsuch book touts Scalia's views and civility in the Trump era<

SCOTUS-GORSUCH-BOOK:LA — Thirty years ago, Neil Gorsuch was in his first year at Harvard Law School when Justice Antonin Scalia, then new to Supreme Court, came to lecture.

"It was a breath of fresh air, inspiring, like little I had heard in my classes," Gorsuch writes in a new book. "We were told (in classes that) the Constitution is a 'living' document," and judges were supposed to decide cases by updating the law to reflect the more enlightened views of today, he recalled.

950 by David G. Savage in Washington. (Moved Monday as a Washington story.) MOVED


^Prince co-author details 'extremely unlikely' story behind new memoir in New Yorker article<

^BOOK-PRINCE:MS—<The relatively unknown co-author of the highly anticipated and predictably mysterious Prince memoir has written a piece in this week's issue of the New Yorker detailing how he got the gig, and offering a few hints of what to expect.

Titled "The Book of Prince," Dan Piepenbring's article recounts how he was one of two "extremely unlikely" writers selected from a list sent to the singer by the publisher, Spiegel & Grau (a Random House imprint). Both choices had one thing in common: Neither of them had written a book before. Prince cited Miles Davis' autobiography, John Howard Griffin's "Black Like Me" and the free-form, philosophical Richard Linklater movie "Waking Life?" as influences he would like to emulate in the book.

650 by Chris Riemenschneider. MOVED


^How the N.Y. Times got Ashley Judd and other Weinstein victims to talk<

^BOOK-NYTIMES-WEINSTEINVICTIMS:LA—<How do you persuade A-list actresses like Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Paltrow to take down one of Hollywood's biggest producers? That's exactly what New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey explain in "She Said," their new book about the Harvey Weinstein investigation.

1000 by Nardine Saad. MOVED



^Praise be! Margaret Atwood's 'The Testaments' is a satisfying sequel to 'The Handmaid's Tale'<

BOOK-ATWOOD-REVIEW:SL — Blessed be the fruit of Margaret Atwood's beautiful brain. "The Testaments," the highly anticipated sequel to her 1985 dystopian masterpiece "The Handmaid's Tale," is satisfyingly full of answers; a gift. If you sense a certain calm in the world upon its release Sept. 10, it will be the sound of Handmaid's Nation becoming lost in 415 wonderful new pages.

The developments will delight fans of the original novel and the television adaptation on Hulu, who have been pining to know what becomes of Offred — the young mother stripped of her daughter, her rights and her name and enslaved as a walking womb — and of Gilead, the literal-minded theocratic dictatorship that has knocked the former United States back to 17th-century Puritanical roots.

Those answers have remained tantalizingly out of reach for nearly 35 years, until now.

1150 by Jeremy Kohler in St. Louis. MOVED


^Reviews: 'The Institute,' by Stephen King<

^BOOK-INSTITUTE-REVIEW:MS—<It appears that when Stephen King was in Minnesota this year for the inaugural Wordplay book festival, he did a little studying up. One of the protagonists in this gripping story is from Minneapolis. Only a few pages of the action take place here, but there are repeated nods to the city throughout. And not just obvious ones, such as the Mall of America. King includes references to neighborhoods and even the streets that run through them.

300 by Jeff Strickler. MOVED


^Review: 'Ruby & Roland,' by Faith Sullivan<

^BOOK-RUBY-ROLAND-REVIEW:MS—<Love in its many permutations is the theme of the latest novel by Minneapolis writer Faith Sullivan — familial love, parental love, but mostly romantic love, and tragic romantic love at that.

The book is populated with salt-of-the-earth, sensible characters — farm wives and schoolteachers and small-town merchants and cranky elderly aunts — and just about every one of them is hiding a broken heart.

500 by Laurie Hertzel. MOVED


^Review: 'Miracle Creek,' by Angie Kim<

^BOOK-MIRACLECREEK-REVIEW:MS—<"Miracle Creek," a debut novel by former trial lawyer Angie Kim, is at once a gripping courtroom thriller with twists and turns, a deftly told, multigenerational immigrant family drama and a book about being an "autism mom."

Two people are killed when an oxygen chamber, run by the Korean immigrant Yoo family as an experimental medical treatment for autism, explodes in rural Miracle Creek, Va. At first, it seems like an accident. Then, Elizabeth Ward, who had devoted her life to seeking out therapies, diets and regimens for her autistic son, is accused of setting the fire that killed him.

200 by Erica Pearson. MOVED



^Review: What do Bernie Madoff and Sylvia Plath have in common? Malcolm Gladwell explains<

^BOOK-TALKING-STRANGERS-REVIEW:LA—<What does Malcolm Gladwell sound like when he's angry?

That sounds like the setup for a joke when considering the best-selling author, New Yorker writer and podcast host, whose name has become synonymous for rational, at times contrarian, examinations of conventional wisdom. But it also feels like a fitting, even Gladwellian rhetorical question in approaching "Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About People We Don't Know," his sixth book examining human behavior.

900 by Chris Barton. MOVED


^Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders' Tampa connection explored in 'The Crowded Hour'<

^BOOK-CROWDEDHOUR-REVIEW:PT—<In 1898, Teddy Roosevelt charged up a hill in Cuba and into history. Along the way, he put Tampa on the map.

The Rough Riders, the volunteer unit that Roosevelt recruited and helped lead, sailed from Tampa into national legend. In "The Crowded Hour: Theodore Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, and the Dawn of the American Century," Clay Risen has written an engaging, deeply researched account of one the most famous battles in American military history.

1200 by Colette Bancroft. MOVED




^BOOK-BEST:MCT—<Best-selling books from Publishers Weekly. (Moving Thursday afternoon)


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