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92% of college students prefer print books to e-books, study finds

If you imagine millennials are just young people entranced by their cellphones or tablet computers, you might want to think again. According to a new study, 92% of college students would rather do their reading the old-fashioned way, with pages and not pixels.

The finding comes from American University linguistics professor Naomi S.

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Memoirists weigh in with 'Why We Write About Ourselves'

When Dani Shapiro was writing about her mother in her memoir "Slow Motion," she imagined sending her on a cruise around the world that would last exactly as long it took the book to "pass from public consciousness." Instead, she had a close friend, a parent of a teenager, give the manuscript a "mother read" to look for unintentional potshots.

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Aztec and European empires collide in the strange and bloody 'Sudden Death' by Álvaro Enrigue

A small leather ball stuffed with the hair of a dead queen is batted back and forth by two of Europe's most innovative artists. They're hung over, Caravaggio probably still drunk; Quevedo, the Spanish poet, seeks victory to maintain his reputation in the eyes of his royal confidante.

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Christopher Sorrentino's 'The Fugitives' spins a story of deception and double-dealing

At the heart of Christopher Sorrentino's stunning new novel is a storyteller. To writer Alexander "Sandy" Mulligan, John Salteau is an Ojibway man who tells native tales to children at the Cherry City public library. But to newspaper reporter Kat Danhoff, the storyteller is Jackie Saltino, a bagman who made off with close to half a million dollars from the local Indian casino, Manitou Sands.

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How L.A. became itself: Jean Stein's new oral history 'West of Eden'

When Raymond Chandler left Los Angeles in 1946, decamping with his elderly wife for the calmer environs of La Jolla, he did so because he had become fed up with the city. Once a place that that had captivated his imagination and made him the writer that he was, he said Los Angeles had finally become nothing but "a tired old whore."

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In 'The Lost Time Accidents,' John Wray balances the logical and the ludicrous

"Chronology is an illusion, if not a deliberate lie," a character posits in "The Lost Time Accidents," the fourth offering from novelist John Wray. "The steady, one-way current we seem to be suspended in is actually a jumble of spherical 'chronocosms' that can be moved through in any direction, if some great force manages to knock one's consciousness out of its preconditioned circuit."

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