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The best books to give and get: Nonfiction picks of 2017

This week, The Thread is sharing some of our favorite books of the year. Below are our nonfiction picks of 2017. Tell us your favorite books of the year @TheThreadMPR.

• 2017’s best picks: Fiction

‘Ranger Games’ by Ben Blum

Ben Blum and his entire family were shocked when they got the news that Ben’s cousin Alex had robbed a bank. Alex was an Army Ranger, just about to be deployed — but rather than spend his last few hours with his family, he walked into a bank with a gun. And he wasn’t alone. “Ranger Games” is Blum’s journey to understand his cousin’s crime and the deeper motivations behind it. The book has the compelling drive of a true crime novel, complicated by family ties and brutal questions.

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‘Ali: A Life’ by Jonathan Eig

Read more at: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/14/books-best-nonfiction-2017

Staff picks: Books we enjoyed in 2017

With the year winding down, staff members at the Daily Press list the best books they’ve read this year. Maybe you’ll get a gift idea or two from the list.

Shana Gray, team editor

A great discovery at the Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., was “Blowing My Cover: My Life as a CIA Spy” by Lindsay Moran. Moran, who decided the spy life wasn’t for her, reveals what the life of a typical CIA operative is like, and I couldn’t put it down. Moran spends a good section of the book describing her training here in Hampton Roads, including learning to see if she was being followed, meeting fake assets at TGI Fridays and visiting Colonial Williamsburg disguised as a tourist. You can’t look at Hampton Roads quite the same way after reading this book and wondering if the person sitting at the next table is a spy in training, or just

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TV Picks for Tuesday: ‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’

“Law Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders”

Series finale; a second trial gets underway with Barry Levin joining the defense team; political collusion reaches an apex; Judge Weisberg disallows Lyle and Erik’s family members to testify; Leslie learns revealing information about Jose and Kitty’s childhoods; 10 p.m. Tuesday on KING.

Also on Tuesday

“The Middle,” 8 p.m. (KOMO): The Hecks take a hectic road trip to Frankie’s sister’s house for Thanksgiving; the kids must decide which one of them will lose their job at Spudsy’s.

“Finding Your Roots,” 8 p.m. (KCTS): Lupita Nyong’o, Carmelo Anthony and Ana Navarro learn about the political choices of their fathers.

“The Flash,” 8 p.m. (KSTW): When Native American artifact collectors are attacked by a meta who can bring inanimate objects to life, Barry turns to

Read more at: https://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/tv/tv-picks-for-tuesday-law-order-true-crime-the-menendez-murders/

BBC Picks Up FX’s Bette Davis and Joan Crawford Series ‘Feud’

Bette Davis and Joan Crawford will “Feud” on the BBC, after the broadcaster picked up the Ryan Murphy series. It is the second major deal between Fox and the U.K. public broadcaster for an FX show after the BBC took “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” which was a hit for BBC Two last year.

“Feud” stars Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford and Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis. Fox sold the show to the BBC, and it will air on BBC Two later this year.

The eight-part series comes from Ryan Murphy and follows the intertwined lives of the two stars as they enter the twilight of their careers, starting with their collaboration on “What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?”

“Feud” is Ryan Murphy’s latest anthology series and bowed on FX in the U.S. in March. The cable

Read more at: http://variety.com/2017/tv/global/bbc-buys-bette-fx-davis-joan-crawford-feud-1202458310/

Electus picks up global rights to How It Really Happened | Deals …

How It Really Happened takes an in-depth look into the most notorious trials and cases, high profile mysteries and celebrity tragedies. The 12-episode series explores the true stories behind the headlines, with episodes centred on OJ Simpson, JonBenet Ramsey, Prince, Michael Jackson and more. The series debuted in January on HLN.

“True crime stories are resonating with audiences right now, and we’re thrilled to bring How It Really Happened with Hill Harper to countries around the world,” said John Pollak, president of worldwide television and Electus International. “The series explores some of the most notorious cases and tragedies in recent history and audiences will find themselves talking about these stories all over again.”

Host Hill Harper is a television, film, and stage actor best known for his portrayal of Dr Sheldon Hawkes on the CBS drama series CSI: New York. He has also starred in Covert Affairs (USA), Limitless (CBS), and

Read more at: https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017052447341/electus-picks-up-global-rights-to-how-it-really-happened.html

Electus picks up global rights to How It Really Happened

How It Really Happened takes an in-depth look into the most notorious trials and cases, high profile mysteries and celebrity tragedies. The 12-episode series explores the true stories behind the headlines, with episodes centred on OJ Simpson, JonBenet Ramsey, Prince, Michael Jackson and more. The series debuted in January on HLN.

“True crime stories are resonating with audiences right now, and we’re thrilled to bring How It Really Happened with Hill Harper to countries around the world,” said John Pollak, president of worldwide television and Electus International. “The series explores some of the most notorious cases and tragedies in recent history and audiences will find themselves talking about these stories all over again.”

Host Hill Harper is a television, film, and stage actor best known for his portrayal of Dr Sheldon Hawkes on the CBS drama series CSI: New York. He has also starred in Covert Affairs (USA), Limitless (CBS), and

Read more at: https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017052447341/electus-picks-up-global-rights-to-how-it-really-happened.html

Education Extra: Book Picks – The Register

A Treasury of XXth Century Murder: Black Dahlia

By Rick Geary

(NBM Graphic Novels, 80 pages, ­recommended for ages 14 and older)

Early one cold January morning in 1947, a young woman walking with her toddler happened upon poor Elizabeth Short. Upon first glance, the young mother thought it was a mannequin in that dewy field, but it was Elizabeth who had been murdered and left for all to see.

This is where Elizabeth’s story begins for most people who have heard of her — the infamous Black Dahlia. But Elizabeth had a life, a family, and the search for her killer or killers has been ongoing all this time with no ­resolution.

Rick Geary, author and illustrator of other stunning true crime graphic novels, brings Elizabeth’s story to life in “Black Dahlia,” the latest ­installment of his “Treasury of XXth

Read more at: http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/35506566-75/education-extra-book-picks.html.csp

GRB Entertainment picks up crime, cars | News | C21Media

Super Fan Builds,

US producer and distributor GRB Entertainment has acquired three factual series, covering topics including true crime and luxury cars, to its slate.

Exposed with Deborah Norville uncovers the facts behind heinous crimes committed by celebrities against other celebrities. The series was originally produced by Scott Sternberg Productions for US cablenet Reelz.

Super Fan Builds, produced by DEFY Media, explores Hollywood prop makers and originally aired on Verizon’s streaming service Go90.

Also on the slate is Arabia Motors, from Jeo Productions, which explores the team behind the most popular car magazine in the Middle East as they expand their global magazine empire and test-drive cars.

“Crime and lifestyle programming continues to be in high demand and we look forward to the same reception with our new series at MipTV,” said Michael Lolato, senior VP of international distribution at GRB Entertainment, referring to next month’s market in

Read more at: https://www.c21media.net/grb-picks-up-crime-cars/

GRB Entertainment picks up crime, cars

Super Fan Builds,

US producer and distributor GRB Entertainment has acquired three factual series, covering topics including true crime and luxury cars, to its slate.

Exposed with Deborah Norville uncovers the facts behind heinous crimes committed by celebrities against other celebrities. The series was originally produced by Scott Sternberg Productions for US cablenet Reelz.

Super Fan Builds, produced by DEFY Media, explores Hollywood prop makers and originally aired on Verizon’s streaming service Go90.

Also on the slate is Arabia Motors, from Jeo Productions, which explores the team behind the most popular car magazine in the Middle East as they expand their global magazine empire and test-drive cars.

“Crime and lifestyle programming continues to be in high demand and we look forward to the same reception with our new series at MipTV,” said Michael Lolato, senior VP of international distribution at GRB Entertainment, referring to next month’s market in

Read more at: https://www.c21media.net/grb-picks-up-crime-cars/