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Two-Time NBA MVP LeBron James Is 'Shooting Star'

This week, basketball star LeBron James won his second MVP trophy in a landslide vote, but he's been a star since he was a teenager. Now 25, James looked back on his youth in the memoir Shooting Stars, which he co-wrote with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Buzz Bissinger.


Khaled Hosseini, Spinning Tales of a Faraway Home

Khaled Hosseini's second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, currently sits atop the New York Times best-seller list; his fiction debut, The Kite Runner, has been on the list for two years.

Hosseini, like his Kite Runner protagonist, left Afghanistan when he was boy, when his family fled before the Soviet invasion, and didn't return for decades. His father was a diplomat, and the family was granted political asylum in America.

Fellow novelist Isabel Allende calls The Kite Runner "one of those unforgettable stories that stays with you for years."


An Afghan Story: Khaled Hosseini and 'Kite Runner'

The Kite Runner, the debut novel by Afghani-born physician and author Khaled Hosseini, has been on best-seller and book club lists for nearly a year. Writer Isabel Allende says the book — about a young man who returns to Afghanistan after a long absence — is "one of those unforgettable stories that stays with you for years."


Cassavetes's Mikey & Nicky Revisited

Critic-at-large John Powers reviews Mikey & Nicky, a film first released in 1976 written and directed by Elaine May starring John Cassavetes and Peter Falk. It's now out on DVD.


Crime Novelist Dennis Lehane

He's written five novels featuring the working-class Boston private detective team of Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro. They include A Drink Before the War, Darkness, Take My Hand, Sacred, Gone Baby Gone and Prayers for Rain. Lehane abandoned the duo for his book about the effect of an abduction on a group of boys. It's a thriller, Mystic River, and it's been made into a new film directed by Clint Eastwood.

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