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#BookmarkThis: Chat live with Bush twins Jenna and Barbara about their new memoir

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 20:16:53 -0400

On Oct. 25, USA TODAY will chat on Facebook LIve with twins Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush about their new book, 'Sisters First.'

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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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Amy Tan mines painful 'Past' in moving new memoir

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:02:18 -0400

The author of 'The Joy Luck Club' has a new memoir, 'Where the Past Begins.' A 3.5-star book review.

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Leonardo Da Vinci's 'Male Mona Lisa' can be yours for just $100M (or more)

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:16:56 -0400

The painting vanished for centuries, then turned up in England in 1958 where it sold for £45 as a work from another artist.

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Midnight parties held for Philip Pullman's latest book

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:35:36 -0400

After a gap of 17 years, Philip Pullman's follow-up to his globally-acclaimed 'His Dark Materials' trilogy is released in the UK. Video provided by Reuters

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Dolly Parton donates money, books to 2017 hurricane victims

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:53:41 -0400

Dolly Parton has donated funds to help those in need after the devastation from 2017 hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

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Review: John Green's 'Turtles' novel boasts a charming, powerful look at mental illness

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:12:26 -0400

The popular author follows up his hit 'The Fault in Our Stars' with a thoughtful affair full of emotion, mystery and quirkiness.

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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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Ron Chernow's latest U.S. history lesson: From Hamilton to heroic 'Grant'

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:12:43 -0400

Ron Chernow, who wrote the life of Hamilton that inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda, now takes on U.S. Grant in a new biography

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The fall's hottest political books, from Hillary Clinton to Alec Baldwin

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 18:21:47 -0400

The season's political books include 'What Happened,' a memoir by Hillary Clinton, and 'You Can't Spell America Without Me,' a parody by Alec Baldwin.

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Stephen King and son team up for a beauty of a horror tale

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 06:00:03 -0400

In the horror novel 'Sleeping Beauties' by Stephen and his son, Owen King, women go to sleep and men run amok. A 3.5 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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A new 'Fifty Shades' is coming and it promises to be even 'Darker'

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:18:14 -0400

EL James's 'Darker: Fifty Shades Darker as Told by Christian' will be hitting bookstores and e-readers Nov. 28.

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Robert Langdon chases clues, and God, in Dan Brown's 'Origin'

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 12:06:06 -0400

The action moves to Spain as symbologist Robert Langdon returns in Dan Brown's 'Origin.'

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Exclusive excerpt: Boba Fett rides again in 'Star Wars' short story

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 06:00:04 -0400

Listen to Jon Hamm give vocal life to the infamous 'Star Wars' bounty hunter Boba Fett in the audio-book version of 'From a Certain Point of View.'

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Nelson DeMille hits USA TODAY's No. 1 with 'The Cuban Affair'

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 11:07:18 -0400

'The Cuban Affair' is Nelson DeMille's second book in a row to hit No. 1 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list.

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Isaacson's 'Leonardo da Vinci': Gay, and a Renaissance 'giant'

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:38:37 -0400

The Italian renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci becomes human at the hands of Walter Isaacson in a new "genius" biography. A 3.5-star book review.

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Katy Tur's most 'Unbelievable' moments on the Trump campaign trail

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 08:59:38 -0400

In her new memoir 'Unbelievable,' the NBC correspondent describes what it was like to cover the Trump presidential campaign from the start.

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Hillary Clinton lands at No. 1 on USA TODAY books list; Katy Tur is No. 7

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:31:19 -0400

'What Happened' by Hillary Rodham Clinton makes its debut at No. 1on US TODAY's best-seller list, and NBC's Katy Tur has a political hit, too.

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Welcome back, Mark Twain! A princely new tale awaits readers

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:10:53 -0400

Philip and Erin Stead have completed the Twain story, 'The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine.' A 3.5-star book review.

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New memoir recalls Obama speech that didn't quite nail Trump

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:47:30 -0400

Speechwriter David Litt's memoir of life inside the Obama White House is rich with nostalgia. A 3.5-star book review of 'Thanks, Obama.'

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New book: How Howard Hughes helped the CIA steal a Russian sub

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:00:07 -0400

Josh Dean's book 'The Taking of K-129' is a true Cold War adventure about a CIA op, a Russian sub, and billionaire Howard Hughes. A 3.5-star review.

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Hit movie scares up new readers for Stephen King's 'It'

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:14:46 -0400

Stephen King's 31-year-old novel 'It' is a hot item in bookstores thanks to the movie adataption. It's No. 4 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list.

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10 books on non-fiction long list for 2017 National Book Awards

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:13:30 -0400

10 non-fiction books have been long-listed for the National Book Awards, from David Grann to Naomi Klein.

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Yolanda Hadid's battle to beat Lyme disease, and haters

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:44:33 -0400

'Real Housewives' star Yolanda Hadid, mom to supermodels Bella and Gigi Hadid, tells story of her battle with Lyme disease in new book 'Believe Me.'

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Attica Locke's mystery 'Bluebird' is a sharp take on race, injustice in Texas

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:37:28 -0400

Attica Locke's mystery 'Bluebird, Bluebird' is the racially charged story of a black Texas Ranger investigating two murders. A 3.5 star book review.

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Fascinating Lisbeth Salander is back in 'Eye,' although too often M.I.A.

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 06:00:01 -0400

Swedish novelist David Lagercrantz continues Stieg Larsson's Millennium series with 'The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye.' A 3-star book review.

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You'll fall in love with Nancy Pearl's sweet debut novel, 'George & Lizzie'

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 14:01:07 -0400

Nancy Pearl, known as 'America's Librarian,' has written an atypical romance in her debut novel, 'George & Lizzie.' A 3.5 star book review.

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'It Takes Two': 5 fun things to know about the Property Brothers

Tue, 5 Sep 2017 06:00:04 -0400

In a new joint memoir, 'It Takes Two,' Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott share stories of their life and success.

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Debut novelist Gabriel Tallent has talent to spare

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 11:33:33 -0400

Gabriel Tallent's debut novel 'My Absolute Darling' is about a tough 14-year-old girl coming to grips with her abusive father. A 3.5-star review.

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Did Nora Ephron save the rom-com? A new book says yes

Wed, 6 Sep 2017 19:58:14 -0400

We review 'I'll Have What She's Having,' a new book that explores the making of 'When Harry Met Sally' and more.

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Alice Waters cooks up a tasty memoir with 'Coming to My Senses'

Mon, 4 Sep 2017 12:01:01 -0400

In 'Coming to My Senses,' Alice Waters reveals the misadventures that led to her "counterculture" restaurant, Chez Panisse. A 3.5-star book review.

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