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Also: Novelist Kamila Shamsie writes about the process of becoming a British citizen; Lena Dunham to write for Archie Comics; John le Carré on government surveillance.
Fantagraphics is out with a new volume of romance comics by Captain America creators Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says they're "snicker-worthy" and "compulsively quotable."
Kaplan died Sunday at 88. His biography of Mark Twain won a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize. He also edited two editions of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. Kaplan spoke to Fresh Air in 1992.
The poet describes his new book — about the death of his father and the birth of his son — as having a blues sensibility. "There are moments of humor even in the sorrow," he says.
Also: Ansel Elkins wins the Yale Younger Poets Prize; What Is a Cat? author Bill Adler dies; the possible secret life of W.H. Auden.
The French capital wasn't always beautiful. Author Joan DeJean details the city's transformation in the 17th century, as new bridges and boulevards turned desolate terrain into the City of Light.
Thirty-eight people witnessed Genovese's murder in Queens, N.Y., and didn't do a thing about it, according to news reports from 1964. Fifty years later, a new book tells a different story.
The I-Will-If-You-Will Book Club is reading John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl classic. (Some of us for the very first time!) Here we discuss Chapters 1 through 10.
A new book looks at how the military and Hollywood directors teamed up during the war. The films they made helped show Americans what was at stake, and served as evidence during the Nuremberg Trials.
Also: Philip Roth talks about his male characters; a preview of George R.R. Martin's next book; the best books coming out this week.
Imagine writers on stage, squared off in a fight to the death. That's the idea behind Literary Death Match –- kind of. It's a performance series that pits authors against each other in live readings.
For the middle phase of life, a new canon is often required, one that is equal parts funny, insightful and comforting. Actress and author Annabelle Gurwitch recommends three books up to the task.
Social media star Danah Boyd's new book on teens, It's Complicated, argues that most adults misread and overreact to the online lives of young people. (This story originally aired on Feb. 25, 2014.)
Blake Bailey has written about John Cheever and Richard Yates — now, he's describing real-life suburban alcoholic despair in a memoir of his troubled brother, The Splendid Things We Planned.
The legendary sportswriter's new memoir, His Ownself, takes readers from his idyllic childhood in Fort Worth to his years as a globetrotting golf fan and founder of Sports Illustrated.
While writer Anthony Marra sees literary links between Ukraine's past and present turmoil, conflict in Kiev and the arrest of the infamous "El Chapo" remind novelist Zachary Lazar of a Mexican author.
At No. 6, The Power of Habit, explores the science behind habit-forming behavior.
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, which takes place in war-torn Chechnya, appears at No. 11.
At No. 14, HRC chronicles Hillary Clinton's come-back from her primary defeat.
The Museum Of Extraordinary Things follows a love affair on the boardwalk of early 20th-century Coney Island. It debuts at No. 8.