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Book review: 'Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat,' exuberant bio celebrates art and creative freedom

Parents need to know that "Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat" is a bio of Basquiat, who grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of a Haitian dad and Puerto Rican mom. By his 20s he was an art star, hanging with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Madonna. He played hard and died young of a drug overdose, information that's dealt with in an Author's Note. The bio emphasizes the support Basquiat got from his mom, as well as the challenges he faced, including his mom's mental illness. The book's written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe ("In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers"), who understands the challenges. His own dad, John Steptoe, was an award-winning illustrator who died young, and his mom suffered from mental illness. Steptoe illustrates the book in his own vibrant style, incorporating trademark elements of Basquiat's art, and his empathy shines through.

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Best-sellers

Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:

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Best-sellers

Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:

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A 13th-century Persian writer is America’s most popular poet

How wonderful it is that Rumi, the 13th-century Muslim versifier, has become the best-selling poet in the United States! He might enjoy knowing that Trump’s America is snapping up translations of his homoerotically tinged work even as the country toys with banning Muslims and rolling back gay rights.

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Tales of Arab American women, told with sly wit

One is a tightrope walker in a French circus who tries to lasso the moon. Another is a child who’s been kidnapped from a Pathmark in New Jersey by people kinder than her own mother. And another searches for the remnants of family in the bombed-out buildings of the Gaza Strip.

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This week's best-sellers from Publishers Weekly

Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, Jan. 15, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2017, The Nielsen Co.

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Bee Book Club: Jeffrey Toobin on the Patty Hearst case

Jeffrey Toobin, CNN legal analyst and author of the book 'American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst,' speaks to the Bee Book Club.
Jose Luis Villegas The Sacramento Bee
Bee Book Club: Jeffrey Toobin on the Patty Hearst case 3:43

Bee Book Club: Jeffrey Toobin on the Patty Hearst case

Best-selling author John Sandford speaks to the Bee Book Club 2:22

Best-selling author John Sandford speaks to the Bee Book Club

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Sue Grafton on completing her 'Alphabet Series': 'I look forward to the freedom'

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Video: Gretchen Rubin shares tips on how to change your habits