Authors of a new book on Wake County school assignment politics surveyed 1,700 adults for their views on assignment, diversity and neighborhood schools. The survey revealed details such as how affluent African-American residents in Wake County favored diversity more than lower-income African-American residents.
Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, April 19, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2015, The Nielsen Co.
Award-winning cartoonist Roz Chast takes an unflinching look at aging, dying and death in her illustrated memoir, "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" (Bloomsbury, $28). The book deals with the care of her parents and their things before and after they died. The 60-year-old grew up in Brooklyn, the only child of older parents.
To express her love to Judy Blume, a 1970s tween would have had to write a letter. These days, a young reader enchanted by YA books - by, say, author Rainbow Rowell - can make nail art that matches a book cover and share it on Tumblr, where the author herself might see and share it with her followers.
James O. Born has always been fascinated with K-9 units. One memory stands out: It happened in January 1995, after a prison break at Glades Correctional Institute (the event inspired Elmore Leonard's "Out of Sight" and later prompted the Miami Herald headline "I slept with a murderer"). Born, a former U.S. Drug Enforcement agent, was on the task force to track down the escapees.
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