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Books that belonged to Don Draper himself could be yours.

Props from the now-concluded TV series "Mad Men" are up for auction at Screenbid. The auction includes a copy of Mario Puzo's "The Godfather" that Don (Jon Hamm) was reading in the last season. It's up for auction with two other books -- "The Andromeda Strain" by Michael Crichton and "Hawaii" by James Michener -- that appeared in the same scene.

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Academics develop formula to find 'whodunit' in Agatha Christie's murder mysteries

Hercule Poirot had to rely on his "little grey cells" to find the killers in Agatha Christie's novels, but the rest of us sometimes need some help. Enter a group of academics who say they've found a formula to identify the murderers in the legendary mystery author's books.

A group of experts, assembled by the British television channel Drama, say their formula can predict Christie's often twist endings,...

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Once-derided British Library given historic building status

The British Library, once called "one of the ugliest buildings in the world" in Parliament, has been made a Grade-I listed building in England. That's the top ranking on the nation's Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

Designed by Colin St. John Wilson, the modern building was completed in 1998, nine years behind schedule and $546 million over budget.

Along the...

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Alan Cheuse dies at 75; author was longtime NPR book reviewer

Alan Cheuse, an author and longtime book commentator for NPR, died Friday of injuries he sustained in a car crash in California. He was 75.

His death was confirmed to NPR by his daughter Sonya Cheuse, the publicity director for Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins. "He was the brightest light in our family. He will always remain in our hearts. We thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support,"...

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David Payne's 'Barefoot to Avalon' avoids easy answers in a tale of two brothers

On Nov. 8, 2000, David Payne's younger brother, George A., died in a car wreck north of Roanoke, Va. Payne, the lead driver in an impromptu two-vehicle caravan, watched the whole thing unfold in his rearview mirror. His brother was helping him transport belongings from Vermont to North Carolina as part of a move.

This is the impetus for "Barefoot to Avalon: A Brother's Story," Payne's first book of...

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Judy Blume comes to the rescue of man who gave away his wife's beloved book

Are you there, Judy Blume? It's a careless husband who accidentally gave away his wife's beloved copy of one of your books.

Residents of the Greenpoint neighborhood in Brooklyn noticed some unusual fliers posted in their neighborhood over the past few days, featuring an image of an old cover of Blume's young adult novel "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret."

"LOST BOOK!!!!!!!!" the flier reads....

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