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Books: Quick picks

UPCOMING: "Breaking the Rules" by Barbara Taylor Bradford (St. Martin's, $27.99, 432 pages; Oct. 13): In the multimillion-selling author's 25th novel, a young woman discovers fashion, jet-setting and glamour, until a "dark figure from her past" catches up.

Three new books draw from the small screen:

"Heat Wave" (Hyperion) by Richard Castle is a real book by a fictional character the "author" is the eponymous protagonist of ABC's series Castle (its second season premiered Monday, 9/21) about a crime writer who shadows, and crushes on, a real police detective.

"Kings of Madison Avenue: The Unofficial Guide to 'Mad Men'" (ECW) by Jesse McLean tips a sharp fedora to the coolest show on TV with episode guides, chapters on '60s cultural and historical context and pointers on how to "party like a Mad Man."

"The Second City Unscripted: Revolution and Revelation at the World-Famous Comedy Theater" (Villard) by Mike Thomas details the 50-year history of the fabulous Chicago improv group that has produced pretty much everybody funny on television, from Gilda Radner and John Belushi to Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.

- St. Petersburg Times

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