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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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Caitriona Palmer: "An Affair With My Mother"

An Irish journalist sets out to find her birth mother. After they meet, they develop a close bond. But her mother has one condition – the relationship must remain a secret. A story of adoption, secrecy and love.

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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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Tig Notaro On Her Terrible Year In 'I'm Just A Person'

Comedian Tig Notaro shot to fame in 2012, talking candidly onstage about having cancer. Now she's in remission, recently married and the author of a new memoir called I'm Just A Person.
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Understanding Congressional Gerrymandering: 'It's Moneyball Applied To Politics'

Ratf**ked author David Daley says that Republicans targeted key state legislative races in 2010 in an effort to control state houses, and, eventually, Congressional redistricting.
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Jonah Berger: "Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior"

In his new book, author Jonah Berger says we don't realize it but others have a huge influence on the choices we make, both large and small.

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A Childhood Of Transcendental Meditation, Spent In The 'Shadow Of A Guru'

Journalist Claire Hoffman grew up in a utopian community in Fairfield, Iowa. At first, she says, "it was entirely magical." Then doubt crept in. Hoffman's memoir is Greetings from Utopia Park.
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'Rich And Pretty' Author Rumaan Alam Captures Lives Very Different From His Own

The new novel "Rich and Pretty" follows two women who find themselves at a crossroad. Host Linda Wertheimer talks to author Rumaan Alam about writing characters that are nothing like oneself.
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In Debut Thriller Novel, Iain Reid Delivers Shivers Without Reader Knowing Why

Iain Reid has written a creepy but enthralling new novel, "I'm Thinking of Ending Things." It's a psychological thriller that keeps readers guessing. Host Linda Wertheimer talks with the author.
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Wherefore Art Thou Romeo? Well, He Doesn't Have To Be

What if Romeo and Juliet had lived? In Ryan North's new "chooseable-path adventure" Romeo and/or Juliet, you can make sure the two never meet — or have them take over Verona in giant robot suits.

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