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Jun 6, 2014 — Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins roams from Italy in the early 1960s to Hollywood and the present-day American heartland. It appears at No. 4.
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Jan 24, 2014 — Welcome to awards season. Between the Golden Globes, the SAG awards, and the upcoming Oscars, it's enough to make anyone question America's fixation on movies. But author Kevin Roose says that Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins, a novel with a funny take on the movie industry, shows that there's something important going on behind the glitz.
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Jan 24, 2014 — Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers tells the story of a young artist in love. It appears at No. 10.
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Jan 14, 2014 — In softcover nonfiction, Vali Nasr analyzes foreign policy, Kathryn Miles details the fate of a ship fleeing famine and Kurt Vonnegut's letters reveal a man both hilarious and haunted. In fiction, Rachel Kushner plunges into the world of Italian radicals, Jamie Quatro crafts surreal tales and Alejandro Zambra weaves a Chilean meta-narrative.
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Dec 15, 2013 — Each Lenten season, Christians travel to Rome to visit a different martyr's shrine each day. The pilgrim-worn path, which dates back to the dawn of Christianity, includes some of the city's most striking churches and historic art. Theologian George Weigel, author of Roman Pilgrimage, says the journey grounded his faith in real places and people.
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Nov 20, 2013 — On Tuesday night, finalists for the National Book Awards read from their nominated works at The New School in New York City. The National Book Foundation will announce the winners Wednesday night.
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Nov 1, 2013 — At No. 3, Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins follows a doomed affair between a starlet and an innkeeper.
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Aug 30, 2013 — Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins, a novel that roams from Italy to Hollywood, remains at No. 1.
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Jul 23, 2013 — The Borgias are more than just a TV show. Reviewer Lizzie Skurnick says Blood & Beauty by Sarah Dunant shows readers the authentic people behind the pomp and circumstance.
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Jul 19, 2013The Light In The Ruins, about a Florence family imprisoned in its own home, debuts at No. 14.
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