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Stories Reach Below The Surface Of China's Growth

Tell Me More looks at literature from the rising BRICS nations: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Of those countries, China may be considered the most powerful. But for award-winning author Yiyun Li, it's China's personal stories that intrigue her. She discusses her book Gold Boy, Emerald Girl with host Michel Martin.
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Michigan Author Dreams Up A Deadlier Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor residents would easily recognize their city in Harry Dolan's crime fiction, but the likeness ends with murder; while Dolan can pack several homicides into each book, the real Ann Arbor is much more peaceful.
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'A Contest Of Wits': A Former Forger Recalls His Art

Ken Perenyi made millions painting and selling more than 1,000 forgeries over 30 years. He's imitated the likes of Charles Bird King and James Buttersworth — and confesses it all in his new book, Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger.
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Faith, Family And Forgiveness In 'We Sinners'

Hanna Pylvainen's debut novel is based on her own childhood in a strict and obscure Finnish Lutheran sect. The book follows members of the Rovaniemi family as they struggle with the decision to leave their church — or to stay.
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'The Ethicist' Explains How To 'Be Good'

Have you ever boarded a train seeking a little quiet reading time only to be disrupted by the incessant cell phone chatter of a fellow passenger? What to do? Randy Cohen, The New York Times Magazine's original ethicist, explains "the ethics of everything" in his new book, Be Good.
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Struggling With Parenthood In Utopic 'Motherland'

The sidewalks of Park Slope, Brooklyn, are crowded with moms with expensive strollers and organic groceries. For many New York parents, it's paradise. But despite their seemingly perfect lives in the plush neighborhood, the characters in Amy Sohn's Motherland struggle with parenthood and marriage.
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'Incognito': What's Hiding In The Unconscious Mind

Neuroscientist David Eagleman says everything we think, do and believe is determined by complex neural networks battling it out in our brains. His book Incognito, in which he explains what scientists are learning about this hidden world of cognition, is now out in paperback.

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