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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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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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5 new books you won't want to miss this week, starting with 'Why Bob Dylan Matters'

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:00:02 -0500

Look for new books too by Barbara Taylor Bradford and Elizabeth Berg, and a middle-school title by Neil Patrick Harris.

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Weekend picks for book lovers, including Dan Rather's essays

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 06:00:06 -0500

Spend your weekend reading 'What Unites Us' by Dan Rather. Plus more recommendations from USA TODAY's book reviewers.

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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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Garth Brooks shares stories, photos, demos in 'The Anthology Part 1'

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:32:21 -0500

Country singer Garth Brooks has released a book called The Anthology Part 1, The First Five Years.'

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

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:18:29 -0500

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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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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Jesmyn Ward wins National Book Award for 'Sing, Unburied, Sing'

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:24:02 -0500

Annual awards are given for fiction, non-fiction, young people'st literature and poetry.

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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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Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll fuel new bio on Rolling Stone's Jann Wenner

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 13:05:30 -0400

Jann Wenner gave biographer Joe Hagan complete access, but now he's less than thrilled with the portrayal. A 3.5-star book review of 'Sticky Fingers.'

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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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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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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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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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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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#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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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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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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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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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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