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Doris Kearns Goodwin explores the political genius of Abraham Lincoln in new biography
After ten years of research, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin unveiled her new book, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (Simon & Schuster; October, 25, 2005) before an audience of booksellers at BookExpo America 2005 in advance of the book's publication. An instant New York Times and BookSense bestseller upon publication of the book, Team of Rivals stands out among the countless books on Abraham Lincoln for its portrait of Lincoln's multi-faceted character that held together a fragile administration in troubled times. With poignant anecdotes and a wealth of historical details, Goodwin described Lincoln's great capacity for empathy for his critics, rivals, and the common man; his magnanimity toward his enemies; his spirit-lifting sense of humor in the darkest period of American history; his favorite pasttimes; his driving ambition to do something good in the world; and the fame he achieved as a beacon of hope and voice of compassion around the world.

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Frankfurt Book Fair sets new attendance records: 280,000 visitors and 7,200 exhibitors from 101 countries attend world's largest book fair in Frankfurt, Germany

Barbara Ehreneich goes undercover in a search of the American Dream: Bestselling author and New York Times reporter Barbara Ehrenreich joins the ranks of unemployed white collar executives in search of the American Dream--a $50,000 job with health benefits

Myla Goldberg explores influenza epidemic of 1918 in new novel, 'Wickett's Remedy': Bestselling author of 'The Bee Season' talks about challenges of researching influenza experiments on prisoners in 1918 as 40-80 million people die in largest pandemic the world has ever known

Ann Beattie, winner of $30,000 Rea Award for short story writing, reads 'Coping Stones': Ann Beattie reads 'Coping Stones,' published in September 12, 2005, issue of 'The New Yorker' at the University of New Hampshire and one week later wins the $30,000 Rea Award for her celebrated work as a short story writer

Umberto Eco sheds light on 'The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana': Famed semiotician and novelist Umberto Eco offers a love letter to literature at BookExpo America 2005

John Irving wrestles with tattoos and broken hearts in new novel, 'Until I Find You': Thirty-seven years after 'The World According to Garp' John Irving presents his longest narrative yet at BookExpo America 2005

Michael Cunningham follows 'The Hours' with inter-species love story: Bestselling author Michael Cunningham describes his new novel, 'Specimen Days,' as a futuristic love story between a lizard and a cyborg

Paul Theroux travels to Ecuadorian jungle in quest for magic potion and grist for new novel: Bestselling author Paul Theroux reminisces with Mike Wallace, and introduces his new novel about a writer whose quest for success leads him to the Ecuadorian jungle and Borroughs-like drug-induced sex and blindness

Nick Hornby's 'A Long Way Down' goes a long way up New York Times and BookSense bestseller lists: Nick Hornby talks about inspiration, ideas, and his new bestselling novel, 'A Long Way Down' at BookExpo America 2005

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