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Bound Together: Breaking Those Toxic Family Ties

In the bucolic setting of The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker, the joys and pitfalls of sibling rivalry are given new life. Author Amy Waldman says the book's sparse prose and stark setting provide the backdrop for a moving story of familial resentment.
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Was The Stimulus Package 'Money Well Spent'?

Did the economic stimulus program amount to a costly failure, or save the U.S. from a depression? ProPublica investigative reporter Michael Grabell's new book explains how the 2009 stimulus package was passed and what happened to taxpayers' money.
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Real Tuskegee Airmen Helped 'Red Tails' Take Flight

George Lucas, the executive producer of the World War II saga, said he wanted the movie to be about heroes. So, he brought them in. Actual Tuskegee Airmen advised actors on everything from how to wear their pants to how to move in a cockpit.
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In 'Albert Nobbs,' Glenn Close Does More Than Pass

Both Close and co-star Janet McTeer have received Academy Award nominations for their roles in the period drama. Set in Dublin before World War I, it centers on a woman who finds more freedom by living life as a man.
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At The Louvre, A Rare Showcase For American Art

The iconic Paris museum has just four American paintings in its huge permanent collection. But a temporary new exhibit is putting the spotlight on early American art, featuring Thomas Cole's dramatic landscape paintings from the early 19th century.
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In The Music Box, New Orleans Residents Hear Hope

When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, it left behind a city full of destroyed homes. Now, artists have reclaimed one of the city's blighted properties in the 9th Ward — and turned it into a work of art and music.
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David Milch: Trying His 'Luck' With Horse Racing

The new HBO drama Luck examines the inside world of horse racing through the lives of thoroughbred breeders, owners, jockeys and gamblers. Series creator David Milch spent much of his childhood at the track and has struggled in the past with a gambling addiction.

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