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'Broadway': A Mother's Wistful Quest For Stardom

In his debut novel, Broadway Baby, Alan Shapiro examines the fictional life of Miriam Bluestein, a woman whose dream of a life on stage slowly unravels her family. Shapiro says the story is presented as a struggle with emotional and physical intimacy.
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'Enchantments' Of Rasputin's Lion-Taming Daughter

Kathryn Harrison's new novel is a fairytale mash-up of magical realism and history — a fanciful tale about the real-life daughter of the mystic Rasputin during the last days of Imperial Russia.
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Frank Calabrese Jr. On Opening His 'Family Secrets'

Frank Calabrese Jr. has written a memoir about bringing down his father's murderous Chicago crime family. In Operation Family Secrets, Frank details how he helped the FBI convict his father of several murders by wearing a hidden wire and taping his father's conversations.
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'Beautiful Souls': Unlikely Resisters Inspired To Stand

In Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, And Heeding The Voice of Conscience In Dark Times, journalist Eyal Press writes about four "unexceptional people who took great risks" to help others.
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Trading The Road Of Anger For The Path To 'Patience'

Patience is a virtue that can be hard to recover when you're trapped in rush-hour traffic or stuck in a long line at the bank. In Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living, Allan Lokos explains the importance of abandoning anger and unhappiness and walking the path to patience.

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