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Juan Gabriel Vasquez: "The Sound Of Things Falling"

A new novel set in Colombia tells the story of a young man from a once-prominent family that lapses into genteel poverty. An idealistic American woman rents a room in their Bogota home while she trains as a Peace Corps volunteer. It's 1969. The two young people fall in love, marry and have a child. But soon their happiness is destroyed -- a victim of the illegal drug trade that devastates the nation. Corruption is everywhere, killings become commonplace and fear permeates daily life. How Colombia's brutal drug wars terrorize a generation and how a nation reclaims its soul.

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Excerpted from THE SOUND OF THINGS FALLING by Juan Gabriel Vásquez by arrangement with Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc., Copyright © 2013 by Juan Gabriel Vásquez

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Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.
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The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
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The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

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Twitter Tries A New Kind Of Timeline By Predicting What May Interest You

Twitter has struggled to attract new users. Its latest effort at rejuvenation is a new kind of timeline that predicts which older posts you might not want to miss and displays them on top.

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