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10 gorgeous holiday gift books ready for wrapping

Sun, 3 Dec 2017 08:00:02 -0500

From National Geographic's spectacular 'Night Vision' to Pete Souza's 'Obama: An Intimate Portrait,' USA TODAY surveys the year's best gift books.

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These 7 sweet picture books for kids say 'Merry Christmas!'

Sun, 3 Dec 2017 09:00:08 -0500

These delightful picture books for kids are perfect gifts for the young reader on your holiday list.

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10 books we loved reading in 2017

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 12:56:13 -0500

Our critics fell in love with these 10 fiction and non-fiction titles this year, from 'Lincoln in the Bardo' to 'Leonardo da Vinci.'

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'Spy of the First Person,' Sam Shepard's poignant goodbye, comes to the page

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 15:04:24 -0500

Playwright and actor Sam Shepard, who died of ALS, left behind a final work of fiction, 'Spy of the First Person.' A 3-star book review.

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J.K. Rowling named royal Companion of Honor by Prince William

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:45:50 -0500

The Harry Potter author said it was a "particular privilege" as a female author to be included among royal Companions of Honor.

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New book looks at how Silicon Valley grew into the behemoth we know today

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 12:01:00 -0500

'Troublemakers' is a fascinating look back at the roots of Apple, Atari and Activision. A 3-star book review.

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Merriam-Webster names 'feminism' as its word of the year

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:57:53 -0500

Many looked up the term amid the #Metoo movement and as increasing allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct have taken over the news cycle.

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'The Usual Santas,' crime fiction that's both naughty and nice

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:56:38 -0500

It may not be the usual way to celebrate the holidays, but 'The Usual Santas' collects 18 cool Christmas crime capers. A 3-star book review.

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New bio is a searing portrait of 'Little House on the Prairie' author Laura Ingalls Wilder

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:38:03 -0500

Caroline Fraser's biography 'Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder' is a groundbreaking look at the author. A 4-star book review.

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New book: Why 'The Graduate' still ruffles our feathers, 50 years later

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 17:45:05 -0500

A new book puts the film's sexy success into perspective. A 3-star review of 'Seduced by Mrs. Robinson.'

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Historical fiction about English mathematician Ada Lovelace adds up to a good read

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 12:37:57 -0500

Jennifer Chiaverini's historical novel 'Enchantress of Numbers' focuses attention on 19th century English mathematician Ada Lovelace.

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E.L. James gets 'Darker' as Christian Grey narrates latest kinky 'Fifty Shades' tale

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:01:01 -0500

E.L. James returns to her erotic best-selling series with 'Darker,' as Christian Grey retells Book 2 of the series.

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5 new books you won't want to miss this week

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 06:00:09 -0500

Look for a new bio on Charles Darwin, a collection of new stories inspired by 'Alice in Wonderland,' and a new murder mystery set in a library.

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Weekend picks for book lovers, including 'Artemis' by Andy Weir

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 06:00:02 -0500

Spend your weekend reading 'Artemis' by Andy Weir. Plus more recommendations from USA TODAY's book reviewers.

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Celebrate the "Best American" writing and comics with 2017 collections

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:35:12 -0500

Our annual look at the "Best American" collections in comics, travel writing, essays and short stories.

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Tina Brown recalls flashy '80s days at 'Vanity Fair' - and an eye-popping Trump moment

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:33:36 -0500

In 'The Vanity Fair Diaries,' Tina Brown relives her glamorous time as editor in chief of the glossy magazine. A 3-star book review.

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New book by Harvard professor explains 'Why Bob Dylan Matters'

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 17:10:55 -0500

Richard F. Thomas, who teaches a course on Bob Dylan at Harvard, explains why the Nobel Prize winner matters. A 2.5-star book review.

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#BookmarkThis: Alec Baldwin: 'People are having a tougher time laughing about Trump'

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 20:34:09 -0500

In a Facebook Live chat with USA TODAY, actor Alec Baldwin talks about his new Trump parody book and working with 'SNL' writers.

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'The Newcomers': A year in the classroom as immigrant teens find refuge and hope

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:02:34 -0500

In Helen Thorpe's 'The Newcomers,' the author spends a year in a Denver classroom as immigrant teenagers learn English. A 3.5-star book review.

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It's 'Truluv' when a widower and lonely teen connect in Elizabeth Berg's charming novel

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:16:35 -0500

In Elizabeth Berg's new novel, connections are made at the unlikeliest of places. A 3.5-star review of 'The Story of Arthur Truluv.'

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Six delicious tales of murder in posthumous P.D. James collection

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:56:44 -0500

'Sleep No More' offers "Six Murderous Tales" from the late mystery writer P.D. James. A 3-star book review.

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Lawrence O'Donnell's new book shows how Roger Ailes helped get Nixon elected in 1968

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:26:59 -0500

The 1968 presidential election, Lawrence O'Donnell writes in 'Playing With Fire,' changed American politics. A 3.5-star book review.

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Review: 'The Martian' author Andy Weir heads to the moon in page-turning 'Artemis'

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:06:30 -0500

The author of the best-seller 'The Martian' now imagines a colony on the moon in his new thriller, 'Artemis.'

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Louise Erdrich channels Margaret Atwood in dystopian 'Living God'

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:28:13 -0500

Louise Erdrich's new novel, 'Future Home of the Living God,' is about a dystopian world that wants to control pregnant women. A 3-star book review.

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Dan Rather's essay collection, 'What Unites Us,' is a tonic for our times

Mon, 6 Nov 2017 11:40:50 -0500

Dan Rather's new essay collection, 'What Unites Us,' looks at what it means to be patriotic. A 3-star book review.

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'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner's novel 'Heather, the Totality' is a little bit, well, mad

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 14:05:33 -0500

Matthew Weiner, creator of 'Mad Men,' has written a first novel, set in New York City, that's a psychological thriller. A 3-star book review.

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Actress Krysten Ritter turns up the heat with fiction debut, 'Bonfire'

Mon, 6 Nov 2017 15:17:04 -0500

The star of 'Marvel's Jessica Jones' now adds author to her resume with the thriller 'Bonfire.' A 2.5 star book review.

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10 cool books for fall, from Dan Brown to Stephen King

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:12:27 -0400

From Dan Brown to Stephen King to Alice Waters, the fall books season is stuffed with big names. A preview of the season in bookstores.

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Young Russian woman is witness to the 'Revolution' in Janet Fitch's epic novel

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 12:42:23 -0500

A young woman lives through the Russian Revolution in Janet Fitch's epic new novel 'The Revolution of Marina M.' A 3.5 star book review.

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#BookmarkThis: The Bush twins: Could politics be in their future?

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:01:31 -0400

Twin sisters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush talk about their lives, politics, and "wild" days in Facebook Live chat.

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Alice Hoffman casts a witchy spell in 'The Rules of Magic'

Mon, 9 Oct 2017 14:44:15 -0400

Alice Hoffman's new book 'The Rules of Magic' is a prequel to her popular novel, 'Practical Magic.' A 4-star book review.

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#BookmarkThis: Why author David Lagercrantz is 'obsessed' with Lisbeth Salander

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:40:14 -0400

USA TODAY did a #BookmarkThis chat with author David Lagercrantz about his new Lisbeth Salander novel, 'The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye.'

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