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#BookMarkThis: Chat live with Elizabeth Smart, author of 'Where There's Hope'

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:01:01 -0400

On March 27, USA TODAY will chat live on Facebook with Elizabeth Smart about her new book. Smart survived a horrific abduction when she was 14.

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'Rebel Prince' the new book about Prince Charles

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:52:45 -0400

Did Prince William call upon his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II for help smoothing things over between his father Prince Charles and his parents-in-law, Michael and Carole Middleton?

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10 big books to kick off 2018, from a Meghan Markle bio to Rose McGowan's memoir

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 17:07:23 -0500

Look for hot titles from Rose McGowan, James Comey, Kristin Hannah, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Frazier, and Andrew Morton's bio of Meghan Markle.

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Anna Quindlen's charged new novel 'Alternate Side' erupts over NYC 'parking rage'

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:22:05 -0400

Anna Quindlen's new novel 'Alternate Side' explores a violent incident in a close-knit Manhattan neighborhood. A 3-star book review.

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Book a seat on Chris Bohjalian's high-flying thriller, 'The Flight Attendant'

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:01:05 -0400

Best-selling author Chris Bohjalian returns with a thriller about a flight attendant who finds herself on the run from a Russian assassin.

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The 5 craziest claims about Prince Charles from the upcoming book 'Rebel Prince'

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:33:39 -0400

Controversial author Tom Bower profiles the heir to the British throne in 'Rebel Prince.' Here are its most noteworthy claims.

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These 5 books will help you shake the winter doldrums

Thu, 1 Mar 2018 12:51:52 -0500

A literary vacation to get you to spring, from 'Big Little Lies' to 'A Year in Provence.'

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Andrew Lloyd Webber, turning 70, looks back at smashing career in 'Unmasked'

Tue, 6 Mar 2018 15:26:42 -0500

The composer behind such Broadway smashes as 'Cats' and 'Phantom of the Opera' writes a memoir called 'Unmasked.' A 3-star review.

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Weekend picks for book lovers, including Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Unmasked'

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 12:45:59 -0400

Spend your weekend reading 'Unmasked' by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Plus more recommendations from USA TODAY's book reviewers.

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Riveting African fantasy 'Children of Blood and Bone' is ready for its movie close-up

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 19:00:04 -0400

Tomi Adeyemi's debut fantasy novel 'Children of Blood and Bone' has been optioned for the movies and it's easy to see why. A 4-star book review.

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'Girls' burns with intensity as two teen friends in India face abuse

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:01:04 -0400

In 'Girls Burn Brighter,' debut novelist Shobha Rao tells the searing story of two teen girls abused by the men in their lives.

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Charming new book has front-row seat with President and Nancy Reagan on 'movie night'

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 19:16:52 -0500

In a nostalgic new book, former aide Mark Weinberg remembers watching movies at Camp David with President Reagan and his wife. A 3-star review.

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During Women's History Month, book looks at the fight 'to win the vote'

Tue, 6 Mar 2018 12:45:17 -0500

'The Woman's Hour' looks at the pivotal role Tennessee played in women's suffrage, and the forces on both sides. A 3-star book review.

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'The Hunger' relives horrors of Donner Party cannibalism, with supernatural twist

Tue, 6 Mar 2018 13:28:48 -0500

'The Hunger' is inspired by the Donner Party, in which American pioneers resorted to cannibalism to avoid starvation. A 3.5-star book review.

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David Mamet goes gangbusters in riveting Prohibition-era novel 'Chicago'

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 12:52:38 -0500

Playwright David Mamet has a new novel, 'Chicago,' a story of gangsters and newspapermen in the 1920s. A 3.5 star book review.

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'Mrs.,' new novel about snooty Upper East Side moms, is a class act

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:31:01 -0400

Caitlin Macy's new novel 'Mrs.' explores class issues among moms at a private Manhattan preschool. A 3-star book review.

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How Patton Oswalt, friends brought his late wife's book about a serial killer to fruition

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 17:58:44 -0500

Michelle McNamara died before finishing 'I'll Be Gone in the Dark.' Now her husband Patton Oswalt has seen it published. A 3-star book review.

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Review: New Oprah pick 'An American Marriage' is brilliant, timely

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 12:34:49 -0500

In 'An American Marriage' by Tayari Jones, a man is wrongly accused of a crime. A 4-star review of the latest Oprah's Book Club selection.

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Sherman Alexie delays memoir's paperback after sexual misconduct claims

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 19:44:35 -0400

The author's memoir, 'You Don't Have to Say You Love Me,' would have arrived in paperback next month. Last week, Alexie declined the Carnegie Medal.

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New book: Girls feel pressure to achieve, but failure is OK

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:25:52 -0400

'Enough As She Is' by Rachel Simmons shows the pressure girls are under to achieve, and offers some solutions. A 3-star book review.

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'White Houses': When Eleanor Roosevelt loved 'Hick,' the lady reporter

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:39:58 -0500

Amy Bloom's 'White Houses' tells the story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok's love affair from Hick's point of view. A 3.5-star book review.

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Four tantalizing new mysteries to keep you inside this winter

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 20:00:01 -0500

Our reviewer Charles Finch is on the case investigating four exciting new mysteries and thrillers, including the latest by Laura Lippman.

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8 great children's picture books for Black History Month

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:30:31 -0500

From books celebrating Harriet Tubman and Jackie Robinson to one celebrating black hair, some terrific kids' picture books for Black History Month.

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'Blue Dreams': How mood-altering drugs saved author Lauren Slater from depression

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:43:36 -0400

The author of 'Prozac Diary' now writes 'Blue Dreams,' a look at how mood-altering drugs have "changed our minds." A 3-star book review.

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'The Food Explorer': The intrepid botanist who brought avocados and more to our shores

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:28:02 -0400

Daniel Stone explores David Fairchild's life of plant espionage for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A 3-star book review of 'The Food Explorer.'

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Powerful novel imagines aftermath of a Newtown-like school shooting

Mon, 5 Feb 2018 12:47:47 -0500

In her debut novel 'Only Child,' Rhiannon Navin's 6-year-old narrator, Zach, survives a mass school shooting. A 3-star book review.

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Excellent book tells story of Marshall Plan, which rebuilt Europe, launched the Cold War

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:52:08 -0500

Author Benn Steil does an outstanding job looking at the dawn of the Cold War in his new history, 'The Marshall Plan.' A 4-star book review.

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Four great new fiction titles for teens and John Green fans

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 08:00:01 -0500

Young fans of 'Star Wars,' John Green novels and mysteries will want to check out these new titles for teen readers.

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#BookmarkThis: Author Kristin Hannah: 'I want to write a book you can’t put down'

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 18:39:54 -0500

Author Kristin Hannah had a huge hit with 'The Nightingale.' She's back with 'The Great Alone.' She chatted with USA TODAY on Facebook Live.

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Surprise! Sophie Kinsella finds mature (still funny) voice in 'Surprise Me'

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 11:34:45 -0500

Sophie Kinsella digs deeper with clever story of a marriage in new novel, 'Surprise Me.' A 3-star book review.

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Oprah Winfrey reveals her next book club pick: 'An American Marriage' by Tayari Jones

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 11:10:26 -0500

Oprah Winfrey announced the next selection for her book club would be 'An American Marriage' by Tayari Jones Tuesday on 'CBS This Morning.'

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Zadie Smith riffs on Jay-Z, Philip Roth and Justin Bieber in feel-good 'Feel Free'

Mon, 5 Feb 2018 12:54:40 -0500

The British novelist Zadie Smith is also an accomplished essayist. Her new collection, 'Feel Free,' warrants 3.5 stars from our reviewer.

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Neville Chamberlain, Hitler face off in taut thriller 'Munich'

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 11:02:06 -0500

The ill-fated Munich Agreement of 1938 is the launching pad for the exciting new thriller by historical novelist Robert Harris.

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#BookmarkThis: Oprah, Barry Jenkins get 'Railroad' author Colson Whitehead's vote

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:59:56 -0500

Colson Whitehead, author of the acclaimed novel 'The Underground Railroad,' chats with USA TODAY on Facebook Live for the #BookmarkThis series.

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