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The main character of Alice McDermott's Someone grew up in 1920s and '30s New York. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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J.K. Rowling recently revealed herself to be the author of the mystery novel The Cuckoo's Calling. Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images hide caption

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Novelist Sara Gran also writes for the HBO show Southland. Deborah Lopez/Houghton Mifflin hide caption

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U.S. Navy sailors form a ceremonial guard at a wreath-laying ceremony to memorialize the victims of the attack on Pearl Harbor and pay tribute to the veterans of World War II in front of the Lone Sailor statue at the Naval Memorial in Washington, D.C., in December 2003. Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images hide caption

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