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Simon Mawer: "Tightrope"

The heroine of the World War II novel "Trapeze" returns in a new historical thriller about divided loyalties in postwar London. A former special operations officer searches for her identity as the Cold War reshuffles old alliances.

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Readers' Review: "My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante

"My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante is the first of the mysterious Italian author's Neapolitan novels. The series tells the story of a life-long friendship between two working class girls in Naples. Critics have called Ferrante “one of the greatest novelists of our time.” Yet nobody knows her true identity. Join Diane and her guests for a discussion of “My Brilliant Friend.”

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Simon Van Booy: "Tales Of Accidental Genius"

The best-selling author of "The Illusion of Separateness" on his latest collection of short fiction. Through characters ranging from a Beijing street vendor to a retired British body guard, writer Simon Vay Booy writes tales about unusual friendships and acts of compassion.

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Isabel Allende: The Japanese Lover

Isabel Allende's new novel is a love story about a Jewish girl and a Japanese-American boy torn apart by war, race and class. The best-selling author on love, loss and passion – in fiction and real life.

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Kevin Costner And Jon Baird: "The Explorers Guild: Volume One: A Passage To Shambhala"

Kevin Costner is best known for his roles in films like "Field of Dreams" and "Dances with Wolves." Now, he has written a book with co-author Jon Baird. It's an adventure story called "The Explorers Guild," that takes readers back to World War I and a mysterious golden city of Buddhist myth.

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Readers' Review: "The Haunting Of Hill House" By Shirley Jackson

For our October Readers' Review, a discussion of Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House." It's considered to be one of the best literary ghost stories of the 20th century.

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Pixels vs. Pages: E-Books Take A Hit

Kojo explores what's behind the ongoing slump in e-book sales and why consumers still embrace both pixels and pages.

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Readers' Review: "The Alchemist" By Paulo Coelho

The best-selling book by Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho. A discussion about how an allegory about a Spanish shepherd searching for treasure in Egypt became a worldwide publishing phenomenon translated into more than 80 languages.

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David Lagercrantz: "The Girl In The Spider's Web"

The adventures of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo continue with a new crime novel by Swedish author David Lagercrantz. In the latest thriller, the punk hacker, Lisbeth Salander, returns and becomes ensnared in a tangled web involving the NSA and an autistic savant.

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Readers' Review: "Go Set A Watchman" By Harper Lee

For our next Readers' Review: "Go Set A Watchman." You've heard about the mystery surrounding its publication, you’ve read the reviews: Now we give you a chance to weigh in on this new release by Harper Lee.

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