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Da Vinci code breakers head for court

NASHVILLE, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The new book "Breaking the Da Vinci Code," which critiques a U.S. best seller of a similar name, is headed for Nashville federal court.

Publishers launch new line of paperbacks

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Knopf and Doubleday Broadway announced on Wednesday the launching of a new line of mass market paperbacks.
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Analysis: Religion propels best sellers

Recently, the Guiness Book of Records announced it had passed the one hundred million mark in sales. That is quite an achievement, especially for a book that ha
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ABC special explores 'Jesus' wife'

NEW YORK, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- An ABC News special scheduled for U.S. telecast Monday explores the theory that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and had a child, the BBC reported.

Feature: Mysteries of the faith

NEW YORK, June 19 (UPI) -- Today in the United States we have more than enough angst to go around: The Iraq war, terrorism, the bleak clouds of 9/11 still hover heavy over us. At such tim
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Hardcover Fiction 1. The Da Vinci Code -- Dan Brown, 100 2. The Guardian -- Nicholas Sparks, 91
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Hardcover Fiction 1. Da Vinci Code -- Dan Brown, 100 2. The Devil Wears Prada -- Lauren Weisberger, 59
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Hardcover Fiction 1. The Ultimate X-Men Update -- Peter Sanderson, 100 2. Da Vinci Code -- Dan Brown, 32
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Hardcover Fiction 1. The DaVinci Code -- Dan Brown, 100 2. The Devil Wears Prada -- Lauren Weisberger, 30
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Hardcover Fiction 1. The Devil Wears Prada -- Lauren Weisberger, 100 2. The DaVinci Code -- Dan Brown, 54
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Hardcover Fiction 1. The DaVinci Code -- Dan Brown, 100 2. The Guardian -- Nicholas Sparks, 100
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Hardcover Fiction 1. Cerulean Sins: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel -- Laurell K. Hamilton, 100 2. Middlesex: A Novel -- Jeffrey Eugenides, 40
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Hardcover Fiction 1. Cerulean Sins: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel -- Laurell K. Hamilton, 100 2. A Ship Made of Paper: A Novel -- Scott Spencer, 66
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Hardcover Fiction 1. Back Story: A Spenser Novel -- Robert B. Parker, 100 2. The Da Vinci Code -- Dan Brown, 72
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Hardcover Fiction 1. Back Story: A Spenser Novel -- Robert B. Parker, 100 2. Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons -- Lorna Landvik, 88
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"Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown leaves the Royal Courts of Justice in London after giving evidence in the ongoing plagiarism trial brought by authors Michael Beagent and Richard Leigh on Monday March 13 2006. (UPI Photo/Hugo Philpott)
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Dan Brown (born June 22, 1964) is an American author of thriller fiction, best known for the 2003 bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code. Brown's novels, which are treasure hunts set in a 24-hour time period, feature the recurring themes of cryptography, keys, symbols, codes, and conspiracy theories. His books have been translated into over 40 languages, and as of 2009, sold over 80 million copies. Two of them, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, have been adapted into feature films. The former opened amid great controversy and poor reviews, while the latter did only slightly better with critics.

Brown's novels that feature the lead character Robert Langdon also include historical themes and Christianity as recurring motifs, and as a result, have generated controversy. Brown states on his website that his books are not anti-Christian, though he is on a 'constant spiritual journey' himself, and says that his book The Da Vinci Code is simply "an entertaining story that promotes spiritual discussion and debate" and suggests that the book may be used "as a positive catalyst for introspection and exploration of our faith."

Dan Brown was born and raised in Exeter, New Hampshire, USA, the eldest of three children. Brown grew up on the campus of Phillips Exeter Academy, where his father, Richard G. Brown, was a teacher of mathematics, and wrote textbooks from 1968 until his retirement in 1997. Both of Brown's parents are also singers and musicians, having served as church choir masters, with his mother also serving as church organist. Brown was raised an Episcopalian.

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