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In Dispute With Hachette, Amazone Aims New Volley At Authors

Amazon fired the latest salvo in its ongoing dispute with the publisher Hachette over e-book rates, suggesting authors get all of the revenue from e-book sales. Hachette was measured in its response, but many writers continue to criticize Amazon.
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J.K. Rowling Posts New Harry Potter Short Story

Harry Potter is attending the Quidditch World Cup with his family, as well as Ron and Hermione. He is in his 30s, with "a couple of threads of silver" in his hair and a mysterious cut on his cheek.
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In 'Little Engine That Could,' Some See An Early Feminist Hero

Was "I think I can" the grandmother of "lean in?" Some readers see the plucky locomotive as a parable about working women, but in some versions of the story the protagonist was male.
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Book Review: 'Shooting Star'

Alan Cheuse reviews the first English-language version of Shooting Star, by Sergio Elizondo.
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For One Crime Writer, Peaceful Shetland Is A Perfect Place For Murder

Despite the lack of real-life crime on the Scottish islands, author Ann Cleeves has found plenty of inspiration there. "I love the idea of long, low horizons with secrets hidden underneath," she says.
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Post-Apocalyptic World Falls Flat In 'California'

California tells the story of a couple who, when they learn they are having a baby, leave their solitary refuge in a forest for a Utopian community in post-apocalyptic America.
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"The People's Republic of Amnesia" by Louisa Lim

Though the Tiananmen Square protests resulted in hundreds, if not thousands of deaths, many have already forgotten what happened. Veteran journalist Louisa Lim joins Kojo to explore this rebellion against a repressive government, and a people's collective amnesia.

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Rainbow Rowell Does Romance With A Subversive (Read: Realistic) Twist

The author's female leads are plus-sized, and sometimes, instead of falling in love, they are just trying to stay in it. Her new book, Landline, opens with a marriage on the verge of collapse.
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Undeterred By The Blacklist, Lee Grant 'Said Yes To Everything'

After losing 12 years of her career to the communist blacklist, the actress and director spent decades lying about her age to make up for lost time. Her new memoir recounts her life in Hollywood.
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'Coffee For Roses' And Other Garden Myths Debunked

Did you know you can't kill a gopher with chewing gum and hummingbirds are not attracted to red flowers? C.L. Fornari's book Coffee For Roses busts common gardening myths.

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