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What's your favorite football book? — The countdown to the kickoff is on: The Seattle Seahawks face off against the New England Patriots in Superbowl XLIX. Will the game be one for the history books -- or maybe a raunchy novel? Here are 10 classic football books: Which is your favorite?

Colleen McCullough, author of 'The Thorn Birds,' has died — Colleen McCullough, author of the bestselling novel "The Thorn Birds," died Thursday at age 77. She had suffered from ill health in recent years and died in a hospital on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific. Although she wrote more than two dozen books, she was best known for "The Thorn Birds," a novel of a tragic romance.

Designer Tommy Hilfiger to publish a memoir in the fall — Fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger will publish a memoir with Ballantine this fall, the publisher announced Thursday. The book will be a memoir of his childhood and formative experiences, ups and downs in the fashion industry, and, according to the release, the "sheer determination that drove him to build a multi-billion dollar global lifestyle brand."

'H is for Hawk' by Helen Macdonald wins Costa Book Award — The Costa Book Award, which comes with a prize of $45,000, was given to Helen Macdonald for her memoir "H is for Hawk" on Tuesday in London. Now named for Costa Coffee, it was formerly known as the Whitbread Prize. "My mum was hoping I'd win.

Stieg Larsson's dragon tattoo girl returns in 'That Which Does Not Kill,' despite death of Stieg Larsson — Lisbeth Salander, the tough protagonist of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and its sequels, will return in a fourth book in August, "That Which Does Not Kill." That's despite the absence of author Stieg Larsson, who died unexpectedly in 2004 before his thrillers had achieved their worldwide success.

Poetweet: A website that turns your tweets into poetry — In the age of mechanical reproduction, poetry is easy. All you have to do is tweet. The magical site Poetweet will make a poem from your tweets. Tell it what your Twitter handle is and it'll scour your tweets for poetic fodder.

Jane Austen family letters and 'Wicked Ned' materials added to Huntington collection — The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced Tuesday that it is adding unpublished letters and poems from Jane Austen's family and the works of 19th century sailor and autodidact "Wicked Ned" to its collection. The new acquisitions also include eight pages of Louis Pasteur's notes on brewing beer.

With no teleprompter, Sarah Palin gets poetic — Sarah Palin was mid-speech at an Iowa Tea Party gathering this weekend, the Freedom Summit, when her teleprompter froze. Without her script, the former vice presidential candidate and bestselling author got ... poetic. Palin was soon using long dramatic pauses, repeated phrases and ideas that were more lyrically than logically connected.

Salman Rushdie says he'll 'get medieval' on the Times Literary Supplement — After the Times Literary Supplement criticized Salman Rushdie's choice of words, the Booker Prize winner author strikes back. It all began when Rushdie responded to the attacks on French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo by Muslim extremists.

V.S. Naipaul and Paul Theroux reconcile at Jaipur Literary Festival — Former friends and longtime enemies V.S. Naipaul and Paul Theroux had a public reconciliation at the Jaipur Literary Festival in India this week. Naipaul, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2001, is notoriously irascible. A celebration of his breakthrough 1961 novel, "A House for Mr. Biswas," was planned for the Jaipur Literary Festival, but it was not known if Naipaul would participate.
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@paperhaus: Yes, I carry a purse big enough to secret away a brick from the demo site of LA's Atomic Cafe.

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@jeffyamaguchi I sure hope @wwnorton is going to send me a copy of @the_carpentrix book, me being a journalist and flailing DIYer.

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Favorite news of the week: Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler busted in Death Valley bar brawl…

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@PTSmith_Vt what is the actual reason for witch windows? Is it the big diagonal one?

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