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September 27th, 2012
11:24 AM ET

Malcom Jones discusses J.K. Rowling's new book

She made Harry Pottter a household name. Now, J.K. Rowling takes on the muggle world with her new book "A Casual Vacancy."

A far cry from Hogwarts, it focuses on the struggles and realities of lower to middle class life. On stands today, the book is currently a #1 Amazon bestseller and has sold a million copies in advance.

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September 27th, 2012
10:57 AM ET

Erin McLaughlin on J.K. Rowling's new novel for adults: customers driven by curiosity

The author who made “Harry Potter” a household name has now cast her wand on adults. J.K. Rowling’s highly anticipated new novel, “The Casual Vacancy”, hits shelves today. A million copies have already been sold. CNN’s Erin McLaughlin joins “Early Start” live from a bookstore in London this morning where the book has just gone on sale.                

McLaughlin got her hands on the copy just like anybody in the U.K. can, lining up at the local bookstore. So far, “we have not seen the kind of frenzy here in the U.K. that we saw for the launches from the ‘Harry Potter’ series,” McLaughlin says. The long lines are missing. “Customers seem to be driven primarily by a curiosity to see what Rowling has in store for them next,” she says.

Rowling has herself said, “I have gone from dragons and unicorns and all the fun that’s involved in writing that, to a book that’s intensely personal that expresses a lot of my reality,” in an interview with ABC.


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September 19th, 2012
11:46 AM ET

Actor Andrew McCarthy on his new book and how traveling around the world changed his life

Andrew McCarthy is known by many from classic ‘80s movies like “Pretty in Pink”, “St. Elmo's Fire” and “Weekend at Bernie’s.” McCarthy is also known as an award winning travel writer. In his new book entitled “The Longest Way Home - One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down,” McCarthy chronicles his travels and the inward journey he took while exploring the world.

McCarthy tells “Early Start’s” Zoraida Sambolin that traveling was a complete accident. “I was a big traveler. Traveling sort of changed my life and it was just a passion of mine that I pursued. I met an editor of a magazine. I finally bombarded him… to let him write for his magazine and eventually it took off from there.”

The actor says his book is about taking an inward journey and answering questions on how people connect, form intimacy, commit and form partnerships. “I answer questions, some people go to therapy, some people sit and have chats over coffee. I find the answers to my questions when I go far from home.”

McCarthy who describes himself as a solitary person says he was “sad to be leaving” to cover a story for his magazine after getting married but still “thrilled to be going alone.” He adds, “I couldn’t reconcile those two aspects of myself. That need for solitude for solitude… and the need and the yearning to be together.”

“Whenever I come back from a trip I’m a better version of myself,” says McCarthy. “I have more access to my love… and if I bring home a better version of me, that’s a good thing.”


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September 18th, 2012
12:04 PM ET

CNN's Jeffrey Toobin's book reveals never-heard-before details of the relationship between Obama and the Supreme Court

In his new book entitled, "The Oath: The Obama White House And The Supreme Court," CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin reveals never-heard-before details of the relationship between the president and the supreme court.

This morning on "Early Start," Toobin shares information from his book regarding Chief Justice John Roberts' flub during Obama's nauguration. Toobin explains, John Roberts "prepared a version of the oath marking off where the breaks would be and his assistant emailed that to the secretary at the congressional inaugural committee. That secretary never opened the attachment and never forwarded it to Obama's office."

Toobin's book also takes a closer look at what he calls the current competing visions of president Obama and Chief Justice Roberts. Toobin argues that there is an ideological battle between Obama and Chief Justice John Roberts concluding that one believes in change and the other believes in stability.


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