July 31, 2012 Stephen King's It showed Erin Morgenstern that the demons and ghouls of childhood stories don't hit the road just because you grow up. Have you read something that both scared and enticed you? Tell us about it in the comments.
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Former New Yorker staff writer Jonah Lehrer is the author of Imagine: How Creativity Works.
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July 31, 2012 Science writer Jonah Lehrer has resigned his post at The New Yorker after another reporter revealed he'd made up some of the Bob Dylan quotes in his latest book. NPR's Neda Ulaby looks at how the fake quotes were discovered and why Lehrer became a star at such a young age.
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July 31, 2012 This summer, don't be a tourist — take a journey with these travel memoirs instead. Open these five books and meet a future First Lady, a one-booted hiker on the Pacific Crest Trail and a young Angela Davis. You'll encounter beauty, bravery, and chilling strangeness — without ever leaving the couch.
Laura Florand's new novel concerns a romance between a French chocolatier and an American candy-bar magnate.
July 31, 2012 An American candy heiress butts heads with a snooty French chocolatier in Laura Florand's romantic new novel The Chocolate Thief. They fight, he throws her out of his candy store — of course they're going to fall in love. Read on for a sweet treat to while away a summer afternoon.
Writer Karin Slaughter has seen the fallout of some of Atlanta's most gruesome crimes and most dramatic transitions.
July 30, 2012 Growing up near Atlanta, Karin Slaughter learned that tragic crimes can happen to anyone — even children. She says she sets her crime fiction in Atlanta as a way to honor the city's people and turning points, from the election of its first black mayor to the 1996 Olympics.
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July 29, 2012 We've invited poets from the far reaches of the globe to compose original works celebrating the Olympic Games. Now it's time for you to decide who takes the victor's crown. Vote now!
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Tana French is the author of In the Woods.
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July 26, 2012 In Tana French's fourth novel of the Dublin murder squad, Broken Harbor, she revisits the character Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy, an intensely dedicated detective who must return to the town of the title. Fending off memories he'd rather forget, he investigates a triple murder.
July 25, 2012 A dispossessed Indian princess and her large-footed servant unravel a mystery among a crowd of classic British eccentrics in Julia Stuart's charming new novel, The Pigeon Pie Mystery. Who poisoned the unpleasant Major-General Bagshot? The answer may surprise you.
July 24, 2012 Our Best YA Fiction poll is live — but where are classics like A Wrinkle in Time and Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret? Surprisingly, our expert judges cut these titles — and many others — for skewing too young.
July 24, 2012 To add a little drama to your summer, NPR is assembling a list of the best young adult novels ever written. Let the voting begin!
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July 23, 2012 Flowers In The Attic is saucy and scandalous, but author Gillian Flynn says it was the complex, often evil women in the story that kept her turning the pages. Do you have a favorite female villain? Tell us about her in the comments.
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July 23, 2012 Love, death, marriage, divorce — poetry tends to focus on life's major moments. But that hasn't held true for birth and child rearing. Critic (and new dad) David Orr reflects on the reasons why, and on the women and men who are, at last, delivering the poetry of parenthood.
July 19, 2012 In her essays, British columnist Caitlin Moran picks up funny feminism where Nora Ephron left off. She takes a fresh approach to hit topics from the past 40 or so years of feminist writing: sexuality, marriage, division of housework, female body fat, abortion and sexism in the workplace.
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July 18, 2012 Set in the Rocky Mountains after an epidemic has killed off most of society, The Dog Stars, by adventure writer Peter Heller, casts an unusual mood as it alternates between elegiac reflection, lyrical nature writing and intense, high-caliber action. The Dog Stars will be published on Aug. 7.
In 2001, Sally Koslow's then 25-year-old son moved back home after graduating from college.
July 17, 2012 Like millions of American parents, author Sally Koslow sent her children off to college, only to have them return home due to a bad economy and limited job options. In Slouching Toward Adulthood, Koslow shares her research and interviews on the phase she calls "adultescence."
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