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Book Talk: War on Afghan frontline, by a female soldier

Chantelle Taylor is a former combat medic who fought in one of Britain's bloodiest battles in Afghanistan and wrote about her experience as a rare woman on the front line.

Book Talk: Patricia Cornwell on writing about darkness, loss

NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the crime fiction realm, author Patricia Cornwell’s fame may be surpassed only by her brainchild and longtime heroine, forensics expert Kay Scarpetta.

John Grisham's 'Gray Mountain' tops U.S. best-seller list

(Reuters) - John Grisham's "Gray Mountain" topped all fiction titles heading into the Christmas holiday, claiming the No. 1 spot on the U.S. best-seller list for the second consecutive week on Wednesday.

Knock knock. Who's there? Amazon's best-selling holiday author

It sounds like the usual setup for a knock-knock joke: Who is the best-selling author on all of Amazon.com <AMZN.O> this holiday season? Rob Elliott. Rob Elliott who?

Sondheim "Assassins" revival hits the mark in London

A hush comes over the audience when one of the actors slowly revolves full circle while aiming a pistol at spectators in a revival of Stephen Sondheim's 1990 musical "Assassins" at an intimate London theater-in-the-round.

Anjelica Huston chronicles love affairs, career in new memoir

In her well-received debut memoir, “A Story Lately Told,” Anjelica Huston described her upbringing in Ireland and London with her famous father, director John Huston, and dancer mother, Enrica Soma.

Pulitzer winner Lahiri in shortlist for S.Asia fiction prize

Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri is one of five frontrunners for next year's DSC Prize, one of South Asia's biggest literary awards, according to the shortlist announced in London on Thursday.

Book Talk: Diane von Furstenberg on success and empowering women

Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg is known for turning her signature wrap dress into a fashion empire and in her memoir, “The Woman I Wanted to Be,” she describes how she did it.

Book Talk: Pack of Thieves? Convict-era Australia stacks the deck

Fate dealt Honorah Sullivan a bad hand when she was found guilty of arson in the mid-19th century and put on a British convict ship bound for modern-day Tasmania.

David Baldacci's 'The Escape' at top of U.S. best-seller list

David Baldacci's newest thriller, "The Escape," made the U.S best-seller list on Wednesday, knocking Stephen King's "Revival" from the No. 1 spot.