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At The 'Only Place That's Fancy' In Gaza City, A Ramadan Iftar In The Sky

Situated 11 stories above Gaza City, Level Up is a rare restaurant in the war-torn Palestinian territory that offers a taste of luxury. But operating a high-end joint in this area is not easy.
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'Just Keep Swimming': A Lesson In Fortitude From Dory And DeGeneres

Thirteen years after her sidekick role in the animated undersea adventure Finding Nemo, Ellen DeGeneres returns to put her forgetful fish into the lead role in Finding Dory.
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In 'The Girls,' A Teen's Need To Be Noticed Draws Her Into A Manson-Like Cult

Emma Cline's debut novel was inspired by the infamous Manson family murders. But Cline says it wasn't the cult that fascinated her — it was the young girls who were so taken by it.
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E3 Conference Showcases New Kind Of Video Game Celebrity

Millions of video game fans have created a new kind of celebrity — gamers who play live while others watch online. NPR looks at the biggest video game trade conference, known as E3, through the eyes of two of these celebrities.
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Remembering Lois Duncan, The Queen Of Teen Suspense

The beloved author died suddenly Wednesday at the age of 82. Just a teen herself when she started writing, Lois Duncan sent chills down a generation of spines with books like Down a Dark Hall.
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Former Restaurant Worker Serves Up Industry-Inspired Fiction In 'Sweetbitter'

Stephanie Danler drew on her own experiences to write her novel about a young woman working at an upscale restaurant in New York. "It's so physically punishing," she says of her work as a server.
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'The Witness' Exposes The Myths, Misconceptions Of Kitty Genovese's Murder

A new documentary revisits Genovese's 1964 murder and the 38 bystanders who allegedly did nothing to stop it. Critic John Powers says the film is "a useful moral corrective" to the popular narrative.
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'Locally Laid': A Humorous Memoir To Cure You Of Farming Fantasies

When Jason Amundsen told his wife he was quitting his job to raise pasture-raised eggs, she was less than amused. Readers, however, will chuckle at the story of their tragicomic path to success.
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Nitza Villapol: The Woman Who Taught Cubans To Cook With Just About Anything

For over 40 years, Villapol hosted a popular cooking show in Cuba, her recipes shifting to reflect the realities of life under the revolution. No meat? No problem — she fried plantain peels instead.
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For Many Art Dealers, 'Selling' Is A Dirty Word (But Not For Young Collectors)

Older collectors often want to keep their art forever, which is good for an artist's long-term career. Younger collectors are more commercially driven, and that can have ripple effects.

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