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Aparecium! J.K. Rowling Revealed As 'Cuckoo' Mystery Author

The Cuckoo's Calling, a debut mystery supposedly by a former British military man, was in fact written by Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, working under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The novel received positive reviews when it came out earlier this year.
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How Scholastic Sells Literacy To Generations Of New Readers

Scholastic began as a four-page magazine for high schoolers in 1920. Today, the publisher of Clifford the Big Red Dog, The Magic School Bus, Harry Potter and The Hunger Game, has grown into a $2 billion business, and one of the biggest children's book publishers in the world.
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Motown, Vietnam, The Civil Rights Movement And One Iconic Song

Mark Kurlansky's Ready for a Brand New Beat chronicles the spectacular success of the 1964 Motown hit "Dancing in the Street." Reviewer Cord Jefferson says that while much of the book feels like filler, it sings when Kurlansky examines all the controversy one song created.
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Christ In Context: 'Zealot' Explores The Life Of Jesus

Writer and scholar Reza Aslan converted to Christianity when he was a teenager, but found that as he grew older, he was far more interested in Jesus as a man than as a Messiah. His new book, Zealot, considers Jesus in the context of the time and place in which he lived.
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Zimmerman Juror Signs With Book Agent

"Juror B37," a woman in her 50s from Seminole County, Fla., will explain why the panel had "no option" but to find George Zimmerman not guilty of murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, her literary agent says.
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Book News: Anonymous Tip Led To Outing Of J.K. Rowling's Alter Ego

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G-Man Fights Crime, And A Medical Disorder, In Kansas City

When Joel Goldman was diagnosed with a medical condition that makes him shake and stutter, he quit his law practice and started writing novels inspired by true crime in the Kansas City area. Eventually, he gave his disorder to FBI Agent Jack Davis, one of his main characters.
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Racing Hearts, Fluttering Wings: American 'Butterfly People'

After the Civil War, pursuing butterflies was more than a pastime for many Americans — it was a passion. In his book, Butterfly People, William Leach chronicles the infatuation, from its European roots and natural-history tradition to its eventual fall.
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'Harry Potter' Author Conjures Pseudonym For Debut Crime Novel

When J.K. Rowling published The Cuckoo's Calling, her first post-Potter book, she decided to go by the name Robert Galbraith.
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'This Town' Takes Aim At The Washington Establishment

New York Times Magazine reporter Mark Leibovich's new book This Town is a lively look at media, politics and money in Washington. Leibovich tells NPR that most people outside don't understand what a carnival of money and celebrity the city has become.

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