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On the Books: Rebecca Skloot inks deal for new book, and more

Rebecca Skloot

(Manda Townsend)

++ With the enormous success of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the sales of which continue to multiply, science writer Rebecca Skloot has landed a deal for a second book, this one about the “human-animal bond.” If Skloot can make a story about strain of cancer cells intensely human and engaging, I’m sure she can do the same with animals. No release date has been announced yet. Read more about the book on the author’s website.

++ Wham! Bam! Islam!, PBS documentary airing tonight, will center on a Kuwaiti psychologist’s efforts to promote The 99, a “comic book of superheroes who each exemplify one of the 99 qualities that Muslims believe Allah embodies, like generosity, strength and patience.”

++ According to a press release, this December, Knopf will publish Brit novelist P.D. James’ Death Comes to Pemberley, a murder mystery twist on Pride and Prejudice.

++ Book euthanasia? How libraries dispose of books that are crowding their packed facilities.

++ Mildred Savage, author of Parrish, dies at age 92.

++ A copy of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest signed by author Ken Kesey goes for $9,000.

++ Sarah McNally talks about her independent bookstore, which has been thriving in the face of Borders’ closure and the rise of Amazon.

++ Diddy’s new coffee table book about the female posterior, Culo, is now available.