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'The Magus': A Thrilling, Chilling Guilty Pleasure

The Magus is the story of a man who wished for adventure — only to be disappointed when that wish comes true. Author Nick Dybek says he identified with the book when he read it at age 20. Was there ever a time you longed for a more interesting life? Tell us about it in the comments.
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What Does Mormon Food Culture Say About Mitt Romney?

Mormon food culture comes from spiritual teachings and the pioneering ways of a new religion in a new country as it evolved westward. Knowing more about it may provide some insights into the personal beliefs of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
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In 'The Brontes,' Details Of A Family's Strange World

Juliet Barker has released a new edition of her landmark 1994 biography, The Brontes. Critic Maureen Corrigan says that even the 136 pages of footnotes are "thrilling," as readers are taken "deeper into the everyday realities" of the Brontes' "strange world."
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Stories Reach Below The Surface Of China's Growth

Tell Me More looks at literature from the rising BRICS nations: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Of those countries, China may be considered the most powerful. But for award-winning author Yiyun Li, it's China's personal stories that intrigue her. She discusses her book Gold Boy, Emerald Girl with host Michel Martin.
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Party Time At The Conventions

Across Tampa, Fla., and Charlotte, N.C., art museums and aquariums are morphing into entertainment venues. We explore how the two parties party at the RNC and DNC.

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Michigan Author Dreams Up A Deadlier Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor residents would easily recognize their city in Harry Dolan's crime fiction, but the likeness ends with murder; while Dolan can pack several homicides into each book, the real Ann Arbor is much more peaceful.
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The Movie Regina King Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Actress Regina King could watch the film The Sandlot a million times. "It still has such a connection for me and my son 11 years later," she says.
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'A Contest Of Wits': A Former Forger Recalls His Art

Ken Perenyi made millions painting and selling more than 1,000 forgeries over 30 years. He's imitated the likes of Charles Bird King and James Buttersworth — and confesses it all in his new book, Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger.
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Faith, Family And Forgiveness In 'We Sinners'

Hanna Pylvainen's debut novel is based on her own childhood in a strict and obscure Finnish Lutheran sect. The book follows members of the Rovaniemi family as they struggle with the decision to leave their church — or to stay.
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'The Ethicist' Explains How To 'Be Good'

Have you ever boarded a train seeking a little quiet reading time only to be disrupted by the incessant cell phone chatter of a fellow passenger? What to do? Randy Cohen, The New York Times Magazine's original ethicist, explains "the ethics of everything" in his new book, Be Good.

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