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March 28, 2013 Also: Sheryl Sandberg's spokesperson reportedly lashes out at a critic; Sylvia Plath's children's book; and the Atlas Shrugged adaptation no one asked for.
March 27, 2013 Also: The Daily Beast says it has uncovered more plagiarized passages in Jane Goodall's book; Junot Diaz goes head to head with Stephen Colbert on immigration.
March 26, 2013 Also: Barnes & Noble giving away free e-readers this week; Marjane Satrapi on Persepolis; and a teenage Hemingway's dimples.
March 26, 2013 Read an exclusive excerpt of Meg Wolitzer's new book, The Interestings. It's the story of a group of bright, talented kids who bond at summer camp in the 1970s — dubbing themselves the Interestings — and what happens to friendship and early promise as the years roll along.
March 25, 2013 Also: the best books coming out this week; Philip Roth on the joys of napping; Caroline Kennedy on books about Catholicism.
March 24, 2013 Author Nicole J. Georges discovered Michael Azerrad's Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana when she was 13. The book became the heart map for her teenage angst. What book helped you find yourself?
March 22, 2013 The world-famous Nigerian author Chinua Achebe has died. Annalisa Quinn reflects on the legacy of Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart.
March 22, 2013 Also: The book Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop wins an award for the oddest title of the year; Iraqi poet Dunya Mikhail speaks to NPR; the end of the pronoun "whom."
March 21, 2013 Also: Sam Lipsyte is interviewed by household pets; a new study tracks mood in literature; and Bret Easton Ellis' new book.
March 21, 2013 Read an exclusive excerpt of Elizabeth Strout's new novel, The Burgess Boys. It's the story of a fractured family dealing with a crime committed by the youngest son — a crime he himself doesn't understand. It's a somber look at the ways families can disappoint each other.
March 20, 2013 Also: Vladimir Nabokov's classroom rules; Condoleezza Rice is writing a book; a photo essay featuring Shakespeare & Company.
March 19, 2013 The celebration of Philip Roth's career reaches its peak in a new documentary — Philip Roth Unmasked — that will screen on PBS next week as part of the American Masters series. There's no doubt that Roth is a master, and not just an American one, but the film tiptoes around the novelist's dark ferocity.
March 19, 2013 Read an exclusive excerpt of All That Is by James Salter. Salter is often considered a "writer's writer"; his latest, All That Is, follows a World War II veteran through a series of drunken conversations and romantic liasons as he returns home and gets involved in the New York publishing world.