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Jul 26, 2013 — Kate Morton's The Secret Keeper, about a girl who witnesses a murder, appears at No. 11.
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Jan 14, 2013 — The Ireland native is best known as a filmmaker — he directed The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire and the Showtime series The Borgias — but he began his career as a writer. His 1980 novel, The Past, has been reissued in the United States.
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Jan 24, 2012 — In his debut novel, Broadway Baby, Alan Shapiro examines the fictional life of Miriam Bluestein, a woman whose dream of a life on stage slowly unravels her family. Shapiro says the story is presented as a struggle with emotional and physical intimacy.
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Nov 22, 2011 — One of the biggest actresses of MGM's Golden Age, also lived a quiet life as an inventor. During World War II, Hedy Lamarr invented a form of wireless communication that led to Bluetooth, GPS and more.
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Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Everything Lovely, Effortless, Safe by Jenny Hollowell. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Sep 24, 2010 — In Sarah, Robert Gottlieb paints an elegant and engaging portrait worthy of the legendary French actress. The biography separates fact from fiction — (she did, in fact, keep a coffin in her bedroom, and have an affair with a 70-year-old Victor Hugo) — to tell the tale of a beloved, masterful artist.
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Jun 28, 2010Everything Lovely, Effortless, Safe follows Birdie Baker, an aging actress from an evangelical family, as she navigates the ups and downs of life in Hollywood. Birdie is either on the verge of great success or a complete breakdown, but Hollowell tells her story with compassion and humor in this beautifully executed debut novel.
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Apr 16, 2009 — From Broadway to Sesame Street, Kristen Chenoweth has tackled a wide range of roles, genres and media. Now, she tells her own story in her autobiography, A Little Bit Wicked.
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Nov 27, 2006 — This baker's dozen of picks for the booklovers on your list spans a range from American masters to Mexican pinups, panoramas to punk rock, cartoons to caterpillars. Why ask why? Enjoy!
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Dec 21, 2005 — A new book recreates the story behind one of England's greatest love affairs — the 17-year relationship between Charles II and Nell Gwyn. Charles Beauclerk is a direct descendant of the pair, and delved into family archives for the inside story.
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