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Stana Katic plays Det. Kate Beckett on ABC’s Castle.
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Don’t tell Richard Castle, but his paramour, Detective Kate Beckett — or Stana Katic, the actress
who plays her on ABC’s hit series Castle — has a little something going on the side. While the show’s egocentric, titular mystery writer (played by Nathan Fillion) finally got that steamy kiss he’d been pining for in the show’s fourth-season finale, Katic’s nightstand is a valentine to other wordsmiths. Here’s what Katic is reading these days.

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Lollipop Lounge: Memoirs of a Rock & Roll Refugee
By Genya Ravan
(Billboard Books, $25)
“I’m really excited to play Genya [in the forthcoming feature film CBGB]. After I read the book, I met her, and it was, like, ‘Wow, you broke down all these doors and did all this stuff way before Madonna or Lady Gaga or even Patti Smith.’ She said, ‘Yeah, but they don’t know who I am. I never had time to be famous. I was too busy breaking all the rules.’ ”

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being 
By Milan Kundera
(Harper Perennial Modern
Classics, $15)
“Kundera has the most fantastic ability to understand humans and understand their complications,
the intangibles in humanity. The book is quite beautiful.”

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Infinite Jest
By David Foster Wallace
(Back Bay Books, $18)
“This one is a journey. It’s 1,100 pages long. It occupies a lot of space and volume on my desk right now. But I am ready for it. It is astonishingly beautiful, erudite, funny and compassionate.”