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Small Objects Reveal 'The Real Jane Austen'

In her new book, The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things, author Paula Byrne shows how everyday objects helped shape Austen's life and literature. One example, a topaz cross, a cherished gift to Austen from her brother, plays an important role in Mansfield Park.
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Manufactured On YouTube, Teen Pop Star Searches For His True Voice

The road tour is a well-known backdrop in American novels and one Teddy Wayne explores in his new novel, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine. Along the way, Jonny, a teen heartthrob, explores the pressures of celebrity at a young age.
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Healing 'Brick City': A Newark Doctor Returns Home

In a new memoir, Sampson Davis describes what it was like to return to the hospital where he was born to become an emergency physician. He says his mother taught him that "once you make it, you have to come back and help other people."
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Life, Love And Undeath In The 'Lemon Grove'

Swamplandia! author Karen Russell is back with a new collection of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove. The title story features two elderly vampires, married for more than a century, who wonder what "till death do us part" means when you can't die.
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Second Chances Find 'Safe Haven' In Sparks' Latest Love Story

Nicholas Sparks is known for writing love stories, many of which have gone on to big-screen success. His latest, Safe Haven, is about a woman escaping her past in a small beach town in North Carolina.
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Hollywood Hot Shots, Scientology And A Story Worth The Risk In 'Going Clear'

Journalist Lawrence Wright's new book, Going Clear, is a penetrating look at Scientology and its famous practitioners. The book centers on Crash and Million Dollar Baby screenwriter Paul Haggis, who famously left the church over its support for an anti-gay marriage initiative in California.

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