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U.S. Customs Seize Giant African Snails Bound For Dinner Plates

Officials say the snails are "highly invasive, voracious pests" that eat paint and stucco off houses. But the snails are a prized delicacy in West Africa, where they're marinated or grilled on sticks.
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An Army Wife Charts Her Struggles In 'No Man's War'

In her new book, Angela Ricketts writes about raising three kids while her husband deployed eight times over 22 years. Each separation "kind of blackens your soul," she says.
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Odin's Beard! Marvel Announces A New Thor — And She's A Woman

The comic book publisher said the new character will be the Thor of the Marvel Universe.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 15

You can hear centuries-old Sephardic Jewish music or see a musical based on a cult classic.
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Was The Green Turtle The First Asian-American Superhero?

A new graphic novel written by Gene Luen Yang re-imagines the Green Turtle, a mysterious superhero created during World War II, as the American-born son of Chinese immigrants.
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Travel Disasters Bring Out The Best, The Worst ... And The Cannibalism

Tales about travel don't always end well: Planes crash into jungles and ships run aground. For NPR's "Book Your Trip" series, Lynn Neary considers the rich genre of travel disaster literature.
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Writer Nadine Gordimer Captured Apartheid's Contradictions

The South African Nobel laureate was an associate of Nelson Mandela's, and while she was never imprisoned, several of her books were banned by the government. She died Sunday at the age of 90.
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'Mockingbird Next Door': A Genteel Peek Into Harper Lee's Quiet Life

After Harper Lee wrote To Kill A Mockingbird, she became a recluse and lived with her sister, Alice, in Alabama. Reporter Marja Mills uses rich detail to provides glimpses into their twilight years.
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Sandwich Monday: The Teriyaki Tofu Burger From Gabutto Burger

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a burger that replaces the beef with a deep-fried tofu patty.
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How A Factory Man Fought To Save His Furniture Company

Virginia furniture owner John Bassett III was determined to beat out foreign competitors. Author Beth Macy documents him, and the collapse of the U.S. furniture industry, in her new book, Factory Man.

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