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Book News: Jane Austen To Replace Darwin On The 10-Pound Note

Also: the history of blurbs; Buzzfeed launches a book section.
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Reviews: 'The Color Master,' 'Byzantium' And 'This Is Paradise'

Reviewer Alan Cheuse brings us three short story collections to consider — The Color Master by Aimee Bender, Byzantium by Ben Stroud and This is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakauwila.
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Book Buying In The Digital Age

Can an algorithm ever really replicate the serendipity of stumbling across a new author in a book store?

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'My Lunches With Orson' Puts You At The Table With Welles

For years, there were rumors that filmmaker Henry Jaglom had taped hours of his conversations with Orson Welles but that the tapes had been lost. They weren't. Now the transcripts have been released in a new book, edited and introduced by Peter Biskind.
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After WWII, Europe Was A 'Savage Continent' Of Devastation

In his book, which has just won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History, Keith Lowe describes a land with no governments, schools, banks or shops, where rape was rampant and women prostituted themselves for food. Flying in the face of usual post-WWII narratives, Lowe sheds light on a complex history.
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Book News: Chuck Palahniuk Working On 'Fight Club' Sequel

Also: James Lasdun on turning down Doris Lessing; Stephen Hawking's new memoir; why Barnes & Noble isn't dead yet.
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The Gronkowskis On Raising A Family Of Champions

A lot dads dream of seeing their kids make it as pro athletes. But only Gordy Gronkowski can say he has three sons in the NFL, and a fourth who was a professional baseball player. Gordy and his sons talk about their new memoir Growing Up Gronk: A Family's Story of Raising Champions.
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Book News: Scrapbooks Of Hemingway's Childhood Made Public

Also: Sony wins lawsuit brought by owners of Faulkner's works; Kevin Maher on James Joyce's Dubliners.
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In Nairobi, A Maasai Detective Pursues Elusive Justice

Richard Crompton wrote his first novel, a crime thriller, to explore the value of justice in the developing world. Hour of the Red God stars Detective Mollel, who is charged with investigating a homicide in a city many still know as "Nairobbery."
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Living With Tragedy And Fright In A 'Beautiful Place'

Writer Howard Norman's memoir focuses on particular people and moments. His stories contain disturbing incidents, from the murder-suicide of a mother and her young son in his home, to the accidental death of a swan in the Arctic. He also tells of a strange, frightening and humorous Inuit shaman.

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