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In 'Shocked,' Patricia Volk Honors Two Formative Femmes

Both Elsa Schiaparelli and Audrey Morgen Volk loved clothing. They were also strict, impatient and volatile. In a new memoir, Patricia Volk describes how an iconoclastic, Italian fashion designer and a loving, perfectionist mother helped her move into adulthood.
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The Courage To Cross An Ocean, Explored In 'TransAtlantic'

Colum McCann's novel TransAtlantic weaves together disparate historical figures and times. Reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin says that while some sections are uneven, the book rolls over you like a wave, crashing and building upon itself.
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Three-Minute Fiction: The Round 11 Winner Is ...

After sifting through thousands of submissions for our short-story contest, we have found a winner. This round, guest judge Karen Russell asked you to write a story in which a character finds something he or she has no intention of returning.
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'Arab Idol' Finalist Delivers Sweet Music, Palestinian Pride

In the Arab world's version of American Idol, a young singer from the isolated Gaza Strip is hitting high notes of Palestinian hope. Supporters say a victory by Mohammad Assaf, a finalist in the competition, would be a victory for art, long neglected in Gaza.
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Clothes Make The Man (And The Woman, And The Show) On Broadway

Among the hopefuls who might take home trophies at this weekend's Tony Awards are costume designers William Ivey Long and Dominique Lemieux. Jeff Lunden talks to the two about their work on Cinderella and Pippin, two of the season's better-upholstered revivals.
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Follow Homer To Find Your Way

For each given category, name something in the category beginning with each of the letters H-O-M-E-R. For example, if the category were "Chemical Elements," you might say Helium, Oxygen, Magnesium, Einsteinium, and Radon.
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Time-Traveling Serial Killer Hunts For 'The Shining Girls'

Over the last 15 years, the South African writer Lauren Beukes has been a journalist, a screenwriter, a documentarian — and most recently, a novelist. Her new book is called The Shining Girls, a summer thriller about a time-traveling serial killer and the victim who escapes to hunt him down.
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Three-Minute Fiction Reading: 'Beyond The Fence'

NPR's Bob Mondello reads an excerpt of one of the best submissions for Round 11 of our short story contest. He reads Beyond the Fence by Matthew Campbell of Salem, Mass.
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The Movie Nick Offerman Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Actor Nick Offerman could watch the John Wayne film The Quiet Man a million times. "It was my dad's favorite and it quickly became mine," he says.

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