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Long-lost Dr. Seuss book hits stores today -- and it's already a bestseller

Dr. Seuss returns to bookstores today with his first "new" title in 25 years, making it a banner day for Lorax lovers, Horton huggers and Cat in the Hatters everywhere.

"What Pet Should I Get?," discovered in 2013, becomes the second long-lost book from a famous author to be released this summer, following Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman." Random House is clearly expecting the book to fly off the...

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Andrew McCarthy will make his fiction debut with a young adult novel

Good news for '80s kids who preferred Blane McDonough to Duckie Dale: "Pretty in Pink" star Andrew McCarthy, who went from Brat Pack actor to travel writer and television director, is coming out with his first novel.

Algonquin Young Readers will publish "Just Fly Away," McCarthy's first work of fiction, in spring of 2017. The novel is about a 15-year-old New Jersey girl who learns that she has an...

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Broomsticks are optional as France beats Britain to become European Quidditch champs

As skirmishes between France and Britain go, it wasn't exactly the Battle of Agincourt. But the French will take it anyway.

France defeated its neighbors across the English Channel to become the first-ever European Quidditch champions over the weekend, the Guardian reports. The final score of the game, played in Sarteano, Italy, was 90-50.

Fans of J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" books will recognize...

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Discovering the screenplay of Joan Didion's 'Play It As It Lays'

Recently, I bought a copy of a 1972 anthology called “Works in Progress” that includes what appears to be the only published screenwriting by Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne. The sample in question features the first 44 pages of “Play It As It Lays,” the 1972 film based on Didion’s novel of the same name.

Starring Tuesday Weld and Anthony Perkins, “Play It As It Lays” offers a scathing portrait...

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'Paper Towns' and 21 other books to read before you see the movie

On Friday, "Paper Towns" premiered in theaters. In it, a teenage boy (played by Nat Wolff) goes on a road trip to find popular girl Margo (Cara Delevingne), who mysteriously disappears with only a few cryptic clues as to where she's gone. It's based on the YA novel by John Green, who also wrote the book that spawned last year's hit "The Fault in Our Stars."

It's far from the only bestseller making...

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Ridley Scott to direct 'The Cartel,' based on 'El Chapo'-inspired novel by Don Winslow

Don Winslow's novel "The Cartel" has been drawing attention not just for its glowing reviews, but from an odd coincidence -- the book was partially inspired by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the drug lord who escaped from a Mexican prison earlier this month.

The Fox movie studio took notice. Winslow's novel will be adapted into a film to be directed by Ridley Scott ("Gladiator," "Black Hawk Down"), according...

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