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Hardcore With A Heart: Joburg Thrillers Star A Spunky P.I.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Jassy Mackenzie's crime novels, set in Johannesburg, star the not-always-law-abiding private investigator Jade de Jong. Mackenzie says that de Jong and "Joburg" are well-matched: both the P.I. and her hometown are intimidating on the outside, but kind once you look beyond the surface.

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A Return To Trollope: Did The Book Change โ€” Or Did I?

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Author Ann Kirschner first read Anthony Trollope's Palliser series as a graduate student. Now, returning to it after more than 20 years, she finds her impression of the Victorian tale has transformed along with her life.

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Mystery Series' Portly P.I. Peels Back The Layers Of Delhi Society

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Tarquin Hall's mystery novels, starring the Punjabi detective Vish Puri, are a merry introduction to India's cultural and culinary delights. Puri, who calls himself the subcontinent's "most private investigator," tackles corruption, forbidden love and the clash of science and superstition.

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'Book News' Continues Its Summer Break

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Two-Way contributor Annalisa Quinn is on vacation this week. So Book News is on hiatus. We are not jealous.

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New Salinger Books Will Arrive In 2015, Authors Say

Monday, August 26, 2013

A stream of fiction and stories written by reclusive author J.D. Salinger will be published between 2015 and 2020, according to a new biography about the writer of The Catcher in the Rye, who died in 2010. Some of the books will reportedly revisit beloved Salinger characters such as Holden Caulfield.

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Reminder: 'Book News' Is On Vacation

Monday, August 26, 2013

Annalisa Quinn's "daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly," is taking a break.

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Braving Both Napoleonic France And Teenage Angst With Aplomb

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Annemarie Selinko's Desiree, a novel about a silk merchant's daughter who almost married Napoleon, was the first book that author Fiona Maazel ever read with excitement. What book turned you into a reader? Tell us in the comments.

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Book News: This Town, That Town. A Squabble Worthy Of Washington

Friday, August 23, 2013

A dispute over the title This Town has sparked a mini-controversy worthy of Mark Leibovich's book about ego and excess in Washington, D.C.

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Book News: Guantanamo Reading Material Spurs More Controversy

Friday, August 23, 2013

Also: Harrison Ford was Joan Didion's carpenter; Aziz Ansari has a book deal.

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The Lorax Is Home! Statue Taken From Dr. Seuss' Garden Found

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Oh, the place he went. It seems that The Lorax statue taken from the family's property in La Jolla, Calif., last year was left in some think bushes in a nearby canyon. A tip to police led to his recovery.

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Lawyer Rejects Guantanamo 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Claim

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Weeks after detainees at Guantanamo Bay were said to be voracious readers of Fifty Shades of Grey, an attorney says his client was given a copy by guards at the prison and had never heard of it before.

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Book News: FBI Suspected William T. Vollmann Was The Unabomber

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Also: Quebec mulls setting the prices of books; Junot Diaz on his writing habits.

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Awaiting The Apocalypse In The Quiet Town Of Concord

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Ben Winters' mystery novels are set in the capital of New Hampshire, a community hardly known for its crime or intrigue. The twist? In his books, the planet is about to be hit by an asteroid, and everyone knows they're soon going to die. Amid the chaos, one Concord cop fights for law and order.

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Book News: Barnes & Noble Founder Pulls Plug On Buyback Plan

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Also: James Patterson on bad books; remembering Elmore Leonard; the woman who inspired "Terry, the Mexican girl" in On the Road dies.

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Elmore Leonard, The 'Dickens Of Detroit,' Dies At 87

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Legendary crime writer Elmore Leonard published 46 novels, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight. His works were adapted countless times for film and TV. Noah Adams remembers the man whose advice to other writers was "try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip."

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Book News: Albert Murray, Opponent Of Black Separatism, Dies At 97

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Also: Barnes & Noble makes up with Simon & Schuster; Amazon crashes; Margaret Atwood on optimism.

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Hidden Gems: 5 Summer Books That Deserve More Fanfare

Monday, August 19, 2013

There is just so much to read! Every year many good books get lost under a tide of prose. Reviewer Meg Wolitzer celebrates five books that might have slipped under the radar.

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Book News: John Hollander, Master Of Poetic Forms, Dies At 83

Monday, August 19, 2013

Also: NPR's Petra Mayer reports from a Debbie Macomber conference; the best books coming out this week.

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Fans Are Like Friends To 'Reigning Queen' Of Women's Fiction

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Debbie Macomber's books don't get a lot of critical attention, but they've sold in the hundreds of millions. Her fans feel like they know and love the woman behind the words, so her publisher threw a party for them.

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Pack Your Bags: 3 Books About Coming To America

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Every new generation of immigrants must meet the age-old challenges of building a new home โ€” assimilation and conformity, old habits and new cultures, adjustment and isolation. Author Helene Wecker shares with us three books that explore the complexities of life on foreign shores.

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