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One night in 1879, famed au­thor Mark Twain tucked his young daugh­ters into bed and re­galed them with a fairy tale of his own cre­ation. Now, 138 years later, the notes he com­posed about that story, dis­cov­ered among his writ­ings, form the ba­sis of a new Twain tome The Pur­loin­ing of Prince

Oleo­mar­garine

– the tale of a boy who talks to an­i­mals and sets out to save an en­dan­gered prince – ex­panded and il­lus­trated by the hus­band and wife team of Philip C. Stead and Erin Stead.

While the grand­kid­dies cosy up with Twain, you can dig into John Le Carré’s lat­est,

A Legacy of Spies, in which the 85-year-old au­thor calls back to clas­sics The Spy Who Came in From the Cold and Tinker Tai­lor Sol­dier Spy by bring­ing back famed spy Ge­orge Smi­ley af­ter a quar­ter cen­tury, along with his pal Peter Guil­lam, whose re­tire­ment is in­ter­rupted by Cold War com­pli­ca­tions. Sal­man Rushdie, mean­while, weaves a tale of sex, money and mys­tique against the back­drop of Obama-era Amer­ica in The Golden House.

Both film and Feud buffs will love Miss D and Me: Life with the

In­vin­ci­ble Bette Davis,

a first-hand glimpse into the Hol­ly­wood leg­end’s unique life and per­son­al­ity cour­tesy of Kathryn Ser­mak, one of her clos­est con­fi­dants. And from Tin­sel­town to the art and so­ci­ety scene of 1980s New York, best­selling au­thor and New Yorker scribe Adam Gop­nik re­counts his move from Montreal to the Big Ap­ple in the mem­oir At the Strangers’ Gate.

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