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Kate Atkinson Tells Book Club How She Crafts Characters At All Life Stages

In A God in Ruins, Atkinson jumps forward and backward in time, telling the story of characters as children, parents and grandparents. "We don't just live in this moment," she says.

From Dating Exhaustion To ... Flo Rida? Aziz Ansari Surveys 'Modern Romance'

The comic teamed up with a sociologist to write an overview of dating and relationships. His book explains online dating's paradox of choice and how we're all like a song by hip-hop artist Flo Rida.

Morally Messy Stories, Exquisitely Told, In Mia Alvar's 'In The Country'

The author was born in Manila and grew up in Bahrain and New York City. Her back story is shared by many of her Filipino characters in her debut short story collection.

Fueled By Fear, How Richard Nixon Became 'One Man Against The World'

In his new book, New York Times journalist Tim Weiner paints a portrait of a president overwhelmed by wars at home and abroad, whose self-destructive behavior resulted in "political suicide."

'You Couldn't Make This Stuff Up': Inside The Lives Of The 'China Rich'

Kevin Kwan's novel China Rich Girlfriend is inspired by real, young Asian billionaires who live in the lap of luxury, spending fortunes on outfits and sports cars. "It's all ripe for parody," he says.

'Seven Good Years' Between The Birth Of A Son, Death Of A Father

Israeli writer Etgar Keret wrote his first piece of nonfiction the day his son was born. Later, when his father became terminally ill, he decided to publish his essays as a "living tombstone."

Lawyer Argues That Virtual Trials Would Make Justice System More Fair

Adam Benforado's new book, Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice, describes a system in which race, accents and even attractiveness couldn't play a role in a jury's decision.

In A One-Room Schoolhouse, Irish Family Keeps Legacy Of W.B. Yeats Alive

The poet W.B. Yeats was born 150 years ago this week. In rural Ireland, a nun whose family has a personal history with the poet has turned a one-room schoolhouse into a small Yeats museum.

In The Rolling Hills Of Galway, Spirit Of W.B. Yeats Lives On

Saturday marks the 150th birthday of William Butler Yeats, one of the 20th century's greatest poets. In far western Ireland's County Galway, Yeats found inspiration in the people and landscape.

EU Launches Antitrust Probe Of Amazon's E-Book Business

The European Union's executive arm announced Thursday that it will investigate the e-tailing giant's contracts with publishers. At issue are a few key clauses that might give Amazon an unfair edge.