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Psychic ability

May 28, 2014 — Curtis Sittenfeld's Sisterland follows a pair of adult psychic twins in St. Louis. It appears at No. 13.
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Oct 4, 2013Doctor Sleep, Stephen King's new horror novel (and the sequel to The Shining), debuts at No. 1.
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Sep 24, 2013 — Was King's 1977 The Shining your first fictional scare? Now, after nearly 40 years, King has followed up his horror tale of a little boy and a haunted hotel with a sequel called Doctor Sleep. "I wanted to revisit Danny and see what he was like as a grown-up," King says.
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Sep 18, 2013Doctor Sleep is Stephen King's sequel to his 1977 smash hit The Shining, about a haunted hotel. Sleep follows Danny Torrance, the troubled son of Shining protagonist Jack, as he gets drawn into a new battle against evil. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says King "is still scaring the hell out of me."
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Jul 5, 2013 — Debuting at No. 10, Curtis Sittenfeld's Sisterland presents psychic twins with very different lives.
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Jun 26, 2013 — Curtis Sittenfeld's Sisterland, about a pair of adult psychic twins in St. Louis, is more about sibling rivalry than the supernatural. Reviewer Sloane Crosley says Sittenfeld handles the psychic realm with a light and logical touch that keeps the book artfully within the bounds of believability.
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Nov 15, 2005 — Actor Blair Underwood is well-known for his roles on television and the big screen. Now he has a new role as editor, for a new collection of anecdotes and wisdom spoken by young children — words that continue to enlighten adults with their candor and soul.
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