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August 22, 2013 Oh, the place he went. It seems that The Lorax statue taken from the family's property in La Jolla, Calif., last year was left in some think bushes in a nearby canyon. A tip to police led to his recovery.
August 22, 2013 Weeks after detainees at Guantanamo Bay were said to be voracious readers of Fifty Shades of Grey, an attorney says his client was given a copy by guards at the prison and had never heard of it before.
August 22, 2013 Ben Winters' mystery novels are set in the capital of New Hampshire, a community hardly known for its crime or intrigue. The twist? In his books, the planet is about to be hit by an asteroid, and everyone knows they're soon going to die. Amid the chaos, one Concord cop fights for law and order.
August 21, 2013 Also: James Patterson on bad books; remembering Elmore Leonard; the woman who inspired "Terry, the Mexican girl" in On the Road dies.
August 20, 2013 Legendary crime writer Elmore Leonard published 46 novels, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight. His works were adapted countless times for film and TV. Noah Adams remembers the man whose advice to other writers was "try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip."
August 20, 2013 Also: Barnes & Noble makes up with Simon & Schuster; Amazon crashes; Margaret Atwood on optimism.
August 19, 2013 Also: NPR's Petra Mayer reports from a Debbie Macomber conference; the best books coming out this week.
August 18, 2013 Every new generation of immigrants must meet the age-old challenges of building a new home — assimilation and conformity, old habits and new cultures, adjustment and isolation. Author Helene Wecker shares with us three books that explore the complexities of life on foreign shores.
August 16, 2013 Also: Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka at home in Nigeria; an unexpected Eugene O'Neill artifact; a poet turns to Craigslist.
August 15, 2013 Also: Katherine Boo, Robert Hass win PEN Literary Awards; gender at The New York Review of Books; John Cheever's prison visit.
August 14, 2013 Also: Foreign Policy's blog The Cable says there's fresh evidence the CIA kept tabs on Noam Chomsky; new books from Dave Eggers and Ron Burgundy.
August 13, 2013 Also: Thomas Pynchon's "Bugs Bunny" teeth; N.Y. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's book deal; and The New York Review of Books' lady problem.