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Through 10 Years Of Mining His Grief, A Novelist Makes 'Nice'

Matt Sumell wrote Making Nice in part as a response to his mother's death from cancer. "I was using the good luck of bad luck," he says. "You use what hurts."
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From Iran To Comedy Central: Maz Jobrani's Path To 'Middle Eastern Funny Man'

The Iranian-American comic came to the U.S. when he was 6 years old, just before Iran's 1979 revolution. His new memoir is I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One on TV.
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Kidnappings Inspire Photojournalist Lynsey Addario's Memoir

American photojournalist Lynsey Addario, who has survived kidnappings in Iraq and Libya, talks to Renee Montagne about her new book, It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War.
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In Richard Price's New Novel, Haunted Cops And Cases They Couldn't Close

Price says that in every precinct there's one cop who just can't let go of a case. "They all reminded me of Ahab ... looking for their whales," he says. Price's latest is called The Whites.
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King, Tyrant, Beheaded Traitor: The Many Trials Of Charles I

The British monarch ruled at a time of civil war — and was blamed for much of the bloodshed. In Killers of the King, Charles Spencer tells the story of the men who signed the king's death warrant.
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The Politics Of Passing 1964's Civil Rights Act

The act, which turned 50 last year, ended the era of legal segregation in public accommodations, like restaurants and hotels. Author Todd Purdum talks about the battles that surrounded it.
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'Party Like A President' Recalls Mixology, Mischief Inside Oval Office

In his new book, author Brian Abrams chronicles the drinking habits and debauchery of former presidents.
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In His Latest Book, Neil Gaiman Offers Readers A 'Trigger Warning'

Trigger warnings caution readers to tread carefully and Neil Gaiman encourages those who pick up his latest collection of "short fictions and disturbances" to do the same.
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'The Room' Offers An Escape From The Office — Or Does It?

Swedish actor and playwright Jonas Karlsson ventures into fiction with The Room, a surreal tale of a dour bureaucrat who finds a tiny secret room at his workplace, a room which may or may not be real.
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'Strange Fruit' Shares Uncelebrated, Quintessentially American Stories

Have you heard of Bass Reeves? Richard Potter? Spottswood Rice? "Box" Brown? If not, illustrator-historian Joel Christian Gill says, you're missing out on some of the best stories in American history.

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