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Updated: 20 hours 31 min ago
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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.
The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.
Rep. Keith Ellison didn't expect all the controversy he caused after becoming the first Muslim elected to Congress. He talks about his faith journey in his new book My Country 'Tis of Thee.
Also: More than 120 academic papers turn out to be fakes; the Israeli Embassy donates 300 books on Anne Frank to Tokyo public; Colson Whitehead talks to The New York Times about writing spaces.
Alexandre Dumas' life was almost as exciting as his work, some of which was written to support his many mistresses. Comics legend Kyle Baker celebrates Dumas for our Black History Month project.
Alan Cheuse reviews Night in Shanghai, by Nicole Mones.