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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Book buzz: Fun to hear, bad book jackets

By Jocelyn McClurg, USA TODAY

Here's a look at what's buzzing in the books world today.

Easy listening: Going on a road trip with the kids? Or even to the mall by yourself to find a bathing suit (always fun)? Summer is a great time to listen to books on audio. USA TODAY's Deirdre Donahue offers a survey of her favorites, from Jim Dale reading the Harry Potter books, to the immortal hilarity of P.G. Wodehouse's The Code of the Woosters.

So bad they're good: For real? Check out these truly appalling book jackets, dubbed "The Worst Book Covers in the History of Literature."

'Girl' power: Gillian Flynn's 'Gone Girl' is a summer smash, entering USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list this week at No. 7.

Meanwhile, Galley Cat finds its five favorite book references in Flynn's thriller.

War story: Antony Beevor's new book is The Second World War. The British military historian chats with The Daily Beast.

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