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Book News: Amazon Posts Loss As It Focuses On Long Game

Also: A literary magazine's dating service; Neil Gaiman makes a video game; the virtues of Barnes & Noble.
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"Rose Kennedy" With Barbara Perry

As the daughter, wife and mother of politicians in a family that has achieved iconic status, Rose Kennedy occupies a unique place in American history. A new biography sheds light on the often paradoxical nature of the woman who raised a political dynasty.

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Bookend: D.C. Native Elliott Holt Finds Acclaim With Debut Novel

In our monthly look at D.C.'s literary scene, we talk with Elliott Holt, whose debut novel, You Are One of Them, is generating lots of buzz.

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John Hunter: "World Peace And Other 4th-Grade Achievements"

In John Hunter's fourth grade classroom, students tackle global problems using a game. The teacher explains the World Peace Game and how it’s informed his education philosophy.


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

Also: the history of blurbs; Buzzfeed launches a book section.

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?


'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.

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.

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.