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Twain’s End Reveals Samuel Clemens’ Surprising Love Triangle

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Who was the real Mark Twain? In the end, “Mark Twain” himself wasn’t a real person—he was a pseudonym (and a persona) invented by Samuel Clemens and he was perhaps the greatest popular culture superstar of his time. As a novelist, essayist and public speaker, Clemens occupied a spot at the zenith of public attention. Without the 19th- and 20th-century equivalents of TMZ and tabloid newspapers, however, we have very little evidence of what Clemens was like behind the Twain facade. But in the new novel Twain’s End (Gallery Books, 2015), author Lynn Cullen sheds new light on what might have been the complicated relationship between Clemens and his private secretary, Isabel Lyon. In March 1909, Twain happily gave his…

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Video: Missed It? Interview with Shaghayegh Farsijani, Author of The Burden of My Red Lips in Tehran

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Watch a continuation of our #BTLiveChat with Shaghayegh:  Can she survive reverse culture shock? Seventeen-year-old Delkash is the quintessential care-free American girl who loves life, her close knit family, and most importantly, her quirky Brooklyn neighborhood. Her days are spent outside, gliding through the sun soaked boulevards of the city, taking in the magical sights, smells and experiences of a place full of hope and most importantly freedom. But when her father makes the unilateral decision to uproot the family, Delkash is forced out of her comfort zone and into a foreign world full of mystery and intrigue — Tehran, Iran. Shell-shocked by the jaw-dropping differences between Tehran and Brooklyn, Delkash has no choice but to shut herself off from her surroundings.…

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