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John Green's 'Stars' Shines Bright On The Silver Screen

The Fault in Our Stars hits cinemas this week, causing mass outbursts of tears. Author John Green based the character on a real-life girl with cancer — and his own feelings of growing up an outsider.
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Film Critic Kenneth Turan Picks 54 Films That Are 'Not To Be Missed'

Turan says movies are like friends — they speak to you, and can even change your life. In his new book, he shares some personal favorites, and explains why the magic of the movies endures.
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'Burning Down The House' Makes The Case Against Juvenile Incarceration

In her new book, Nell Bernstein says America's juvenile justice system is overdue for reform. Time in jail as a child or teen, she says, is the best predictor of adult criminality and incarceration.
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After Tiananmen Square, New Lives On A New Continent

After the democracy protests were crushed in 1989, many thought China would turn inward. Instead, a million Chinese citizens moved to Africa. Howard French discusses his book China's Second Continent.
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From Lunch (n.) To Balding (adj.), Some Words Are Just 'Bad English'

A new book looks at words that self-appointed linguistic police have declared contraband, like "lunch," which should be a verb, and "balding," a participle formed from an adjective instead of a verb.
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Proof: The Science of Booze

Kojo explores the finicky world of booze making and the science behind our favorite cocktails.

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'The Director' Offers A Glimpse Into The Digital Underground

Veteran reporter David Ignatius' new novel explores the sometimes dangerous intersection between hacker culture and the world of intelligence — and offers a prescription for a new kind of agency.
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'How Not To Be Wrong' In Math Class? Add A Dose Of Skepticism

Professor Jordan Ellenberg gives students points for recognizing when they get a wrong answer, even if they can't figure out why. In his new book, he writes that good math is about good reasoning.
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'Drunk Mom' Tackles New Motherhood And Old Addictions

The title of Jowita Bydlowska's memoir Drunk Mom pulls no punches. She tells Michel Martin about her struggles with motherhood and addiction.
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'Remember Me Like This': A Family Rebuilds In Tragedy's Aftermath

Bret Anthony Johnston's novel starts with a boy being found years after he had been kidnapped. Johnston wanted to explore the question, "How do you relate to each other after the worst has happened?"

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