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#BookmarkThis: Chat live with author David Lagercrantz about the new Millennium novel

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:01:11 -0400

Swedish author David Lagercrantz will do a live video chat on Facebook Sept. 22 about the latest novel in Stieg Larsson's popular Millennium series.

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

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 12:07:09 -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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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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Curl up with these great new books this fall

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:35:29 -0400

When the weather turns brisk and fall is in the air, it's the perfect time to curl up with a good book. We've picked 10 new releases that will captivate your imagination while you sip on some hot cocoa.

Bad things happen to 'Good People' in Hannah Kent's eerie novel

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:44:56 -0400

Hannah Kent's historical novel set in 19th century Ireland concerns superstitions surrounding a young boy who may be possessed. A 3.5-star 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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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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Books: New and noteworthy: Nelson DeMille, 'The Cuban Affair'

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 06:00:08 -0400

Look for new books by Nelson DeMille, Jan Karon and Bill O'Reilly. Plus Michael Korda takes on Dunkirk in a new history.

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Weekend picks for book lovers: 'My Absolute Darling'

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 10:16:52 -0400

Spend your weekend reading 'My Absolute Darling' by Gabriel Tallent. Plus more recommendations from USA TODAY's book critics.

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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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Louise Penny scores first No. 1 USA TODAY best seller with 'Glass Houses'

Wed, 6 Sep 2017 11:36:29 -0400

'Glass Houses' by Louise Penny lands at No. 1 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list, while debut novelist Gabriel Tallent has a hit with 'Darling.'

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You can't always see the 'Forest' for the trees in Nicole Krauss' brainy new novel

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:45:04 -0400

'Forest Dark' by Nicole Krauss tells the story of two characters who travel to Israel with surprising results. A 2.5 star book review.

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In Salman Rushdie's 'Golden House,' a Trump-like figure rules the manor

Wed, 6 Sep 2017 18:47:38 -0400

In Salman Rushdie's novel 'The Golden House,' Nero Golden will remind readers of a certain New Yorker now in the White House. A 3.5-star book review.

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Le Carre's 'A Legacy of Spies' smartly revives Cold War - and George Smiley

Mon, 4 Sep 2017 09:00:01 -0400

Spymaster John le Carre returns with 'A Legacy of Spies,' a sequel to 'The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.' A 3-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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Sue Grafton, down to 'Y,' lands at No. 1 on USA TODAY's books list

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 11:46:36 -0400

'Y Is for Yesterday,' the penultimate book in Sue Grafton's popular mystery series, is No. 1 on USA TODAY's best-seller list this week.

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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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Why the year 1922 rocked the book world

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:11:19 -0400

Bill Goldstein's new book 'The World Broke in Two' looks at Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster, D.H. Lawrence and T.S. Eliot. A 3.5-star book review.

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'Sour Heart,' a love letter to Chinese-American 'Girls'

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 19:35:36 -0400

Jenny Zhang's short story collection 'Sour Heart' is the first book from Lenny, the new literary imprint from Lena Dunham. A 3-star book review.

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How wit helped comedian Ms. Pat overcome a tragic childhood

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:07:43 -0400

In her new memoir 'Rabbit,' comedian Patricia Williams recounts overcoming the odds after a difficult childhood. A 3-star book review.

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Townies clash with rich outsiders in Dee's 'The Locals'

Mon, 7 Aug 2017 12:01:07 -0400

In 'The Locals,' novelist Jonathan Dee captures the clash between smal-town residents and outsiders who want the quiet life. A 3.5-star book review.

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#BookmarkThis: Tom Perrotta dishes on sex in the suburbs

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:19:13 -0400

Author Tom Perrotta, whose new novel is 'Mrs. Fletcher,' does a #BookmarkThis interview on Facebook Live.

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New book recounts effort to clear man wrongfully convicted in rape

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:11:52 -0400

'Ghost of the Innocent Man' by Benjamin Rachlin tells the true story of a man who wrongly served many years in a rape case. A 3-star book review.

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Moving novel opens a window into South Africa's tortured history

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 15:49:52 -0400

'Hum If You Don't Know the Words' revolves around characters, black and white, in South Africa during apartheid. A 3-star book review.

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Review: Ann Powers' “Good Booty” explores pop music’s erotic essence

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:05:48 -0400

NPR music critic says the roots of popular music are as old as rocking church services and rolling temptation.

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Ruth Ware's thriller 'The Lying Game' has strong debut

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 12:33:07 -0400

Ruth Ware's psychological thriller 'The Lying Game' will land at No. 6 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list this week.

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New novel about Lizzie Borden is a bloody good read

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:02:35 -0400

Accused 19th century ax murderess Lizzie Borden lives on in Sarah Schmidt's debut novel 'See What I Have Done.' A 3.5-star book review.

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