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Catherine The Great: First She Read, Then She Ruled

Biographer Robert Massie explains how Catherine II read books to escape the misery of her unhappy marriage. When she became empress in 1762, she championed the ideals of the French Enlightenment during her 34-year reign over Russia.
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A Global History, Told Through '100 Objects'

In the book A History of the World in 100 Objects, the director of the British Museum chose 100 objects from his institution's collection of thousands to tell a surprisingly comprehensive history of the world.
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Actor Colin Hanks Plays Not My Job

We've invited Hanks to play a game called "'Till Death Do We Part ... Or At Least Until I Get A Better Offer." Three questions about short-lived celebrity marriages.
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What's The Defining Moment Of Your Generation?

Demographers divide generations by birth year. But each group has also been shaped by the news, music and major cultural events of its era. So what really distinguishes a baby boomer from a Generation Xer, a millennial from a member of the silent generation? Share your defining moments.
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Tumultuous Tales Of Loathing And Wit

Love is a many splendored thing ... or is it? Author Eleanor Henderson, once admittedly infatuated with the writings of her teacher, Robert Cohen, insists that you must read The Varieties of Romantic Experience -- his collection of tumultuous tales of love and the struggles that lie therein.
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At 75, 'Life' Revisits Its First Cover Story

A hefty anniversary book looks back at the best of Life, including its controversial cover story.
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Exploring 'The Hidden Reality' Of Parallel Worlds

It is possible that there are many other universes that exist parallel to our universe. Theoretical physicist Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe, explains how that's possible in the new book, The Hidden Reality.
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'Crazy' In Love, And Feeling Every Moment Of It

In Drake Doremus' drama Like Crazy, a young couple is forced to separate when one of them violates the terms of her student visa. Movie critic David Edelstein says the movie is painful and compelling — and reminds him of Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise.

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