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Book News: Guantanamo Reading Material Spurs More Controversy

Also: Harrison Ford was Joan Didion's carpenter; Aziz Ansari has a book deal.
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Judith Flanders: "The Invention Of Murder"

Author Judith Flanders joins guest host Frank Sesno to talk about the evolution of the real -- and fictional -- crime story.

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An Epic Pub Crawl Gone Wrong Culminates In 'World's End'

Five old high school friends reunite to finish a pub crawl they started 20 years earlier in the latest from Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright — the creators of the zombie send-up Shaun of the Dead and action comedy Hot Fuzz.
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The Lorax Is Home! Statue Taken From Dr. Seuss' Garden Found

Oh, the place he went. It seems that The Lorax statue taken from the family's property in La Jolla, Calif., last year was left in some think bushes in a nearby canyon. A tip to police led to his recovery.
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Haiti: 'The Sister I Hardly Knew'

Tell Me More's summer reading series, 'Island Reads,' highlights authors from the Caribbean. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to Julia Alvarez. Her book A Wedding In Haiti gives readers a peek into the county that Alvarez calls 'the sister I hardly knew.'
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Lawyer Rejects Guantanamo 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Claim

Weeks after detainees at Guantanamo Bay were said to be voracious readers of Fifty Shades of Grey, an attorney says his client was given a copy by guards at the prison and had never heard of it before.
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Book News: FBI Suspected William T. Vollmann Was The Unabomber

Also: Quebec mulls setting the prices of books; Junot Diaz on his writing habits.
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Awaiting The Apocalypse In The Quiet Town Of Concord

Ben Winters' mystery novels are set in the capital of New Hampshire, a community hardly known for its crime or intrigue. The twist? In his books, the planet is about to be hit by an asteroid, and everyone knows they're soon going to die. Amid the chaos, one Concord cop fights for law and order.
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'Things Falling' Is A Potboiler, But One That's Set To Simmer

The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez takes readers on a journey through Colombia starting in the late '60s — but it's not your average detective story. Reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin says the real mysteries in the book are in the minds of the characters.
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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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