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Shirley Jackson and her bewitching biography, 'A Rather Haunted Life'

Much like Nathaniel Hawthorne, a writer she admired, Shirley Jackson was one of the most house-bound of American novelists.  She rarely traveled; one of her last essays was titled "No, I Don't Want to Go to Europe."

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What it feels like to be a bestseller: Stephanie Danler and 'Sweetbitter'

In the first line of Stephanie Danler’s bestselling debut novel, “Sweetbitter,” her narrator, Tess, begins, “You will develop a palate,” sounding a motif from the book’s initial moment. And just a few lines down another reveals as much about the heart of this novel as it does the writer who has penned it: “Eating becomes a discipline, language obsessed.”

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Meet the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35

When Brit Bennett got the phone call that could change her career, she was sitting in a Coffee Bean in Encino, the neighborhood where the 26-year-old novelist now makes her home.

“I got a phone call from an unknown New York number,” Bennett recalled.

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New Dan Brown book, 'Origin,' will continue his mega-selling Da Vinci Code series

Dan Brown, the best-selling author of "The Da Vinci Code" and  "Angels & Demons" is bringing his hero Robert Langdon back.

“Origin” will be published in 2017 by Doubleday. It will be Brown's fifth novel featuring Langdon, a Harvard professor of "symbology" with a knack for uncovering vast religious conspiracies.

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Texas prisons ban books by Langston Hughes and Bob Dole - but 'Mein Kampf' is OK

If you're one of the more than 140,000 people doing time in a Texas state prison, you're not allowed to read books by Bob Dole, Harriet Beecher Stowe or Sojourner Truth. But you're more than welcome to dig into Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" or David Duke's "My Awakening."

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Cultural appropriation: It's about more than pho and sombreros

College students in blackface. A white chef telling people how to eat Vietnamese pho. Students of color who consider bad sushi in the dining hall to be a cultural insult. A white writer writing about nonwhite people in a clumsy fashion. These are some of the incidents of “cultural appropriation,” as some would call them, that have provoked important questions: Who owns culture?

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