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It's true, 'Golden State' is an imaginative detective story with Orwellian leanings

12 hours 33 min ago

In the land of Ben H. Winters’ novel “Golden State,” truth is more important than anything else and lies will get you exiled from civilization.

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J.D. Salinger's 100th celebrated with unseen author photos from 'Catcher in the Rye'

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 19:15

The University of New Hampshire is celebrating J.D. Salinger's centennial with an exhibit of unseen photos of the "Catcher in the Rye" author.

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Five takeaways from anticipated Stephanie Land memoir, 'Maid'

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 16:19

In Stephanie Land's new book, she recounts what it's like living at the line of just surviving and employment in the service industry.

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In 'The Suspect,' Fiona Barton mixes universal truths with a thrilling tale

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 11:23

In Fiona Barton's latest, journalist Kate Waters finds herself at the center of the story.

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Here are the finalists for the National Books Critics Circle 2018 awards

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 08:58

Here are the books that will be up for taking home the awards in March.

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5 new books not to miss: "Suspect" by Fiona Barton, next legal thriller by John Lescroart

Sun, 01/20/2019 - 05:00

Two thrillers, a dystopian tale and two memoirs are on our list of interesting releases on Jan. 22.

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Author Sherrilyn Kenyon says her husband poisoned her; sheriff investigating

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 13:29

When Sherrilyn Kenyon saw the lab results showing high levels of strange substances in her system last spring, a doctor told her to hire an attorney.

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A best-selling author says her husband was trying to poison her

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 13:28

Sherrilyn Kenyon, the best-selling fantasy author, is accusing her estranged husband of poisoning her.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver dies at 83

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:03

Mary Oliver, the Pulitzer-winning poet whose rapturous odes to nature and animal life brought her critical acclaim and popular affection, has died.

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Soccer icon Abby Wambach announces new book, 'Wolfpack,' based on viral commencement speech

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:58

Abby Wambach, two-time Olympic gold medalist, international soccer's all-time leading scorer and feminist icon announced a new book with a sizzling Instagram video.

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'Big Bang' by David Bowman: Unreliable narrator spins stories that keep you wondering

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:01

Bowman’s Who’s Who shines prismatic light on the lives of generational icons.

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Who is Harriet Blue in the James Patterson and Candice Fox book series?

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 15:51

If you're starting the series by James Patterson and Candice Fox -- or just need a refresher before reading "Liar Liar," read this.

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Joanna Gaines' first children's book is about her family garden and 'what a gift life is'

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 15:50

Gaines wrote "We are the Gardeners" and her children are credited as co-authors. Gardens teach children about "what a gift life is," Gaines said.

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'Choose Your Own Adventure' publisher sues Netflix over 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch'

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:59

Chooseco claims Netflix violated its trademark with “Bandersnatch,” a recent episode of “Black Mirror," which uses a format similar to those of the books. It allows viewers to choose among actions taken by the characters without knowing the outcome.

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In Karen Thompson Walker's 'The Dreamers,' a mysterious illness befalls a college town

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:09

The symptom, a deep, unshakable sleep, triggers panic among a wide cast of characters.

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A genetic test leads to a family secret in Dani Shapiro's latest memoir, 'Inheritance'

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 16:18

"You're not Jewish," she was told. But not until a genetic test reveals her family's secret does she understand why she looks different.

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5 new books not to miss this week, including James Patterson's 'Liar Liar'

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 05:00

James Patterson and Candice Fox team up for 'Liar Liar,' the third Detective Harriet Blue novel. Plus more new books on sale this week.

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What might have happened if Anne Frank survived Holocaust? New book, "Annelies," imagines.

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 16:15

In novelist David R. Gillham's book, Anne survives the Holocaust and must deal with new challenges of life after the concentration camps.

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Love 'Bird Box'? Here are five books to read beside the one it's based on

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 15:42

Looking for more post-apocalyptic or horror-filled reads like "Bird Box?" Look no further.

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Marie Kondo shares her secret to decluttering

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 16:29

Professional organizer Marie Kondo says there's one thing to keep in mind when decluttering. The best-selling author and star of the Netflix series "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo" shared tips with USA TODAY in 2016.

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