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

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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'Treme' Cookbook Captures The Flavor Of A Show And A City

Melissa Block talks with Lolis Eric Elie, a writer and editor behind the HBO series Treme about a new cookbook written in the voices of the show's characters. Elie says it reflects both old New Orleans traditions and more recent influences.
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Elmore Leonard, The 'Dickens Of Detroit,' Dies At 87

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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Wild, Wild Web: Policing An Early, Lawless Internet

There was a time when many thought the Internet was beyond government regulation, its very chaos a source of creativity and strength. Nate Anderson's The Internet Police looks at how law enforcement went about changing that.
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Book News: Albert Murray, Opponent Of Black Separatism, Dies At 97

Also: Barnes & Noble makes up with Simon & Schuster; Amazon crashes; Margaret Atwood on optimism.
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Winona Ryder: With Smaller Roles, A Welcome Return From Exile

NPR has been looking at comebacks — from politicians reinventing themselves to the recovery of once-endangered species. Then there are disgraced movie stars. Winona Ryder made everyone forget about her 2001 shoplifting arrest with her role in Black Swan. How far has her comeback taken her?
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Relying On Old Artisan Ways, French Brand Makes Itself Anew

Founded in the mid-19th century, luxury leather goods maker Moynat won renown for its traveling trunks for the moneyed set. But it fell on hard times and closed in the 1970s. Now, it's undergoing a rebirth, turning out limited quantities of luxurious, handmade bags that utilize centuries-old craftsmanship.
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Hidden Gems: 5 Summer Books That Deserve More Fanfare

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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App, Secret Sites Create The Immersive World Of 'Night Film'

Author Marisha Pessl turned to technology to enrich readers' experience of her new thriller, Night Film — creating found-footage YouTube films, screen shots of hidden websites, and an app that readers can use to access additional content after scanning an illustration in the book.
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Incredibly Shrinking Avocados: Why This Year's Fruit Are So Tiny

California's crop of Hass avocados — those green fruit essential for guacamole — usually weigh a half-pound or more. But this year's avocados are the smallest in memory — some barely bigger than an egg.

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