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

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 15:42:22 -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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In 'Together We Rise,' the Women's March organizers write their own history

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:22:11 -0500

To mark the one-year anniversary of the Women's March, organizers offer a behind-the-scenes look at the largest single-day protest in U.S. history.

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Oprah for president? Author Colson Whitehead says Winfrey would be 'much, much better than what we have now'

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:34:27 -0500

During a #BookmarkThis chat, Oprah Book Club author Colson Whitehead ('The Underground Railroad') says he doubts Winfrey will run, though.

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#BookmarkThis: Chat live with 'Underground Railroad' author Colson Whitehead

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:18:48 -0500

On Jan. 17, join USA TODAY for our monthly #BookmarkThis Facebook Live chat, this time with 'The Underground Railroad' author Colson Whitehead.

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New book: If our democracy is dying, President Trump is not the only culprit

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:03:40 -0500

'How Democracies Die' by Harvard political scientists shows how autocrats destroy institutions and cement their own power. A 3.5 star book review.

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Two sisters, bound by love and mental illness, in 'Beautiful' debut novel

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:28:56 -0500

In Mira T. Lee's debut novel 'Everything Here Is Beautiful,' two Chinese-American sisters are bound by love and pain. A 3.5-star book review.

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Here are USA TODAY's top 100 best sellers of 2017, with 'Wonder' leading the pack

Thu, 4 Jan 2018 19:06:06 -0500

The top 100 best sellers are determined by data from USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list. 'Wonder,' which became a movie, is the year's No. 1.

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'Girls in the Picture' celebrates silent-film friendship of Pickford, Marion

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:26:11 -0500

Actress Mary Pickford and screenwriter Frances Marion forged a friendship in Hollywood's early days. A 3.5-star book review of 'The Girls in the Picture.'

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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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'Achtung Baby': Should we parent more like the Germans do?

Tue, 2 Jan 2018 17:42:41 -0500

If you wish you could parent like your parents did, just look to Germany. A 3-star review of the new book, 'Achtung Baby.'

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Two new women-in-peril thrillers offer welcome winter chills

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 11:48:42 -0500

'The Woman in the Window' and 'The Wife Between Us' are 'Gone Girl'-type psychological thrillers. A review of both novels, 3 stars each.

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'The Saboteur,' story of French Resistance fighter, reads like engaging fiction

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 10:17:38 -0500

Paul Kix's page-turner blends the history of World War II-era France with the personal adventures of a swashbuckling anti-Nazi spy. A 3.5-star review.

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New bio: Remembering William Fox, the flawed genius behind 20th Century Fox

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 11:15:13 -0500

In her new biography, 'The Man Who Made the Movies,' author Vanda Krefft looks at the life of Fox studio founder William Fox. A 4-star book review.

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In new book, Ursula K. Le Guin shares witty blog posts on 'crabby old age' and cats

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 12:26:37 -0500

In 'No Time to Spare,' science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin gets real on topics from aging to what words mean. A 3-star book review.

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What happens after we die? 'The Afterlives' dares to wonder

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 12:01:32 -0500

Thomas Pierce's debut novel 'The Afterlives' is about a young man who "dies" and comes back to life. A 3-star book review.

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In 'Tell Me More,' Kelly Corrigan learns to say just the right thing

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 14:05:05 -0500

In her new book 'Tell Me More,' Kelly Corrigan shares stories about what to say, and what not to say. A 3.5-star review.

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5 books you won't want to miss this week, including the new Preston & Child thriller

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 06:00:02 -0500

Look for a new Agent Pendergast thriller from Preston & Child, plus a book celebrating the one-year anniversary of the women's march.

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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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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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Mogul's quest for 'Immortal Life' fuels entertaining sci-fi tale

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 16:58:09 -0500

In Stanley Bing's satirical novel 'Immortal Life,' a giant corporation rules America and a mogul wants eternal life.

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Famous paintings inspire colorful stories by famed mystery writers

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 17:08:50 -0500

In 'Alive in Shape and Color,' mystery writers including Michael Connelly and Lee Child pen stories based on famous paintings by the likes of Renoir and Gauguin.

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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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 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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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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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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#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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