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Before 'Fifty Shades,' there was Anaïs Nin, and today is her birthday

Anaïs Nin, the famed French writer best known for her contribution to erotic literature, had a lot to say about love. Decades before E.L. James' best-selling Fifty Shades trilogy, Nin, who died in 1977 at age 73, was penning passion, both in fiction — De

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'The Food Explorer': The intrepid botanist who brought avocados and more to our shores

When the realization sinks in that avocados, hummus, even Egyptian cotton exist in America because of crafty botanical espionage, one naturally questions who’s responsible — and how he landed the job. The country’s first and most prominent plant spy earn

Usa Today, yesterday, 12:54

'Blue Dreams': How mood-altering drugs saved author Lauren Slater from depression

When we meet Lauren Slater at the beginning of her ambitious new book, Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of Drugs That Changed Our Minds (Little, Brown, 399 pp., ★★★ out of four), her life is a mess. The psychologist’s marriage has dissolved, her ki

Usa Today, yesterday, 11:31

Mitch Albom plans sequel to 'Five People You Meet in Heaven'

NEW YORK (AP) — Mitch Albom is giving heaven a sequel. Publisher Harper tells The Associated Press that Albom's The Next Person You Meet in Heaven is coming out Oct. 16. The novel is a follow-up to Albom's best-selling The Five People You Meet in Heaven,

Usa Today, yesterday, 09:31

Excellent book tells story of Marshall Plan, which rebuilt Europe, launched the Cold War

It may be hard to imagine someone hurrying home to curl up with a work of political history, but Benn Steil’s fascinating new book, The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War (Simon & Schuster, 404 pp., ★★★★ out of four), could change that. Steil,...

Usa Today, Tuesday, 15:03

Milo Yiannopoulos dropping lawsuit against former publisher

NEW YORK  — Milo Yiannopoulos is dropping his lawsuit against his former publisher. In papers filed Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court, Yiannopoulos and Simon & Schuster asked that the case be dismissed "without costs or fees to either...

Usa Today, Tuesday, 12:14

8 great children's picture books for Black History Month

February is Black History Month, and these worthy new picture books offer a lovely way to show children why black lives matter. (Black women’s lives seem to warrant special attention this year.) USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg looks at some of the best offer

Usa Today, Tuesday, 11:56

In 'Educated,' the inspiring story of an isolated young woman determined to learn

Tara Westover is living proof that some people are flat-out, boots-always-laced-up indomitable. Her new book Educated (Random House, 334 pp., ★★★★ out of four) is a heartbreaking, heartwarming, best-in-years memoir about striding beyond the limitations o

Usa Today, Monday, 15:30

New book puts readers inside the Watergate, one of Washington's most notorious addresses

Every political scandal of the last 45 years, be it significant or picayune, has worn the suffix "-gate," emblematic of the greatest scandal of our time — Watergate. But after all the time and hype, most of the details of Watergate have...

Usa Today, Monday, 12:43

Four great new fiction titles for teens and John Green fans

Had enough of dystopian young-adult fare? USA TODAY's Brian Truitt checks out four new titles for teens, from a galactic saga to love stories to a mystery featuring literature's best new private eye. Truly Devious By Maureen Johnson Katherine Tegen Books

Usa Today, Sunday, 12:01

5 books not to miss this week, including James Patterson's 'Fifty Fifty'

­ USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week. 1. Fifty Fifty by James Patterson and Candice Fox (Little, Brown, fiction, on sale Feb. 19) What it’s about: In the second book in a series, Australian Detective Harriet Blue i

Usa Today, Sunday, 08:19

Weekend picks for book lovers, including Zadie Smith's 'Feel Free'

What should you read this weekend? USA TODAY’s picks for book lovers include the latest collection of essays by novelist Zadie Smith, and two compelling new mysteries. Feel Free by Zadie Smith; Penguin Press, 435 pp.; non-fiction Zadie Smith’s second col

Usa Today, Saturday, 08:19

'Thirteen Reasons Why' author expelled from writers' group over harassment charges

CLOSE Netflix says it will add more trigger warning to its show “13 Reasons Why,” given its graphic depiction of sexual assault and suicide. Maria Mercedes Galuppo (@mariamgaluppo) has more. NEW YORK — Best-selling children's author Jay Asher has been ex

Usa Today, 13 February 2018

'Mrs.,' new novel about snooty Upper East Side moms, is a class act

In Caitlin Macy's new novel Mrs. (Lee Boudreaux Books, 352 pp., ★★★ out of four), we are reminded that  class lines — while they may be superficial — run deep. Set on the Upper East Side, post-Bernie Madoff and the financial crisis, Macy's tale about the

Usa Today, 13 February 2018

Surprise! Sophie Kinsella finds mature (still funny) voice in 'Surprise Me'

Sophie Kinsella is full of surprises. In Surprise Me (The Dial Press, 412 pp., ★★★½ out of four), the British author of the chick-lit-y Shopaholic series (and other charming comic standalone titles) is still making us laugh. But she goes deeper this time

Usa Today, 13 February 2018

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